Portsmouth Fire has three members that were deployed with Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team yesterday. We have received word they arrived safe and are beginning operations.
Capt. Deon Gause - Rescue Specialist/Logistics Driver
Lt Joshua Wilshire - Rescue Specialist
FF Billy Trollinger - Incident Support Team/Logistics Driver
All three members will be assisting in the Search and Rescue efforts in Surfside Florida. We extend our well wishes and prayers for a safe return. We will share any updates from the team as we receive them.
Virginia Task Force 2 has been activated and deployed as a Type I task force (80 members) for the Chamberlain Towers collapse in Surfside, FL. The team left the Harry Diezel Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach at noon today. Three structural engineers were deployed on Sunday and have been working at the site since Monday.