Virginia USAR Team Mobilizes for Nepal

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) – The Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team is scheduled to leave Saturday for deployment to Nepal after a 7.8 earthquake that left more than 1,400 dead.

The Virginia Task Force One group, which is a part of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, were running a practice exercise in Lorton when they received notice. The team quickly ran to their Chantilly warehouse to prepare and await departure.

The team prepared to deploy is a medium unit that includes about 60 men and women.

They are equipped with enough gear for 14 days. If needed, they could be asked to stay longer or a second team from Fairfax County could be flown in to replace them. It all depends on the need in Nepal.

The group is tasked with finding as many people alive as possible. They will also assist in the humanitarian effort.

Fairfax County’s Urban Search & Rescue team is one of two groups in the country that is certified and trained to carry out this type of task, according to the team’s leaders.

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