Friday, July 16, 2010

VATF-1 Members Train Haitian First Responders

Three members of Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) under the direction of the U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) deployed to Cap Haitien, Haiti, to train 25 first responders for local disaster response, July 12, 2010. They anticipate to return Monday, July 19, 2010.

The training will build the skills needed to locate and extricate trapped victims, focusing on the proper use of urban search and rescue equipment donated to the Haitian Volunteer Firefighters Association, following VATF-1's departure from Haiti in February, 2010. The equipment valued at $500,000, was used by several USAR teams in the rescue of 47 Haitians trapped in rubble following the earthquake in Haiti, January 12, 2010.

Training highlights include: safety, engineering, resource management, rescue operations, lifting and moving portions of collapsed structures, shoring operations, and construction and use of rope rescue systems.

Several members from the Los Angeles USAR team are also participating.