Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team

Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team Virginia Task Force 2 is part of the National Urban Search and Rescue System and is able to be deployed by FEMA to any national emergency or disaster.
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Virginia Task Force 2 is a specialized rescue organization comprised of highly trained Firefighters, Technical Rescue Technicians, Medical Professionals, Canine Handlers, Engineers and Physicians from various cities and departments located throughout the region; such as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Franklin, James City County, Navy Regional, Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton, Williamsburg, Henrico County, York County, and Suffolk.

Operating as usual

Thank you Pantry BOX Project for thinking of us and for the cool treats! Perfect timing on a hot day like today. ☀️
07/21/2021

Thank you Pantry BOX Project for thinking of us and for the cool treats! Perfect timing on a hot day like today. ☀️

Delivery 🚙today of 🍦💕Häagen-Dazs ice cream bars and Kit Kat nutty buddies to the Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team ⛑who is working today after their return from Florida. 

Thank you 🙏 to all the team members who responded with such professionalism and bravery. You are all heroes 🦸‍♀️!!!!

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The IST cache team returned to the warehouse this afternoon.  All VATF-2 personnel have now returned safely from the mis...
07/17/2021

The IST cache team returned to the warehouse this afternoon. All VATF-2 personnel have now returned safely from the mission is Surfside, FL. The team will now inspect, maintain, and replace personal and cache equipment as needed to be ready the next time we are called. Welcome home to the cache team!

07/16/2021

The IST Cache team will demobilize on Friday morning. The team should arrive back in Virginia Beach on Saturday afternoon. VBFD Captain Jon Rigolo was demobilized from the IST and has returned home this evening. Thanks for all the support, thoughts, and prayers throughout this mission.

07/14/2021

While the Type I task force has made it safely home, VATF-2 continues to support the mission in Surfside. The team still has 9 members in Florida working with the Incident Support Team (IST). Please keep these members and their families in your thoughts. We will share more information on their return as it becomes available.

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post
07/14/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

07/13/2021

The VATF-2 convoy rolls back into the Harry E Diezel Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach.

07/13/2021

Families, friends, and loved ones reunite after a long, difficult mission.

Welcome home VATF-2!  Thank you all for a job well done!
07/13/2021

Welcome home VATF-2! Thank you all for a job well done!

07/12/2021
VATF2 Convoy through Miami

VATF-2 Convoy leaving the cruise terminal in Miami on Monday morning as seen from the lead vehicle. Thank you Miami Fire Rescue for the great tribute.

07/12/2021
VATF2 Convoy Lead Vehicle

VATF-2 Convoy leaving the cruise terminal in Miami on Monday morning. Thank you Miami-Dade Fire Rescue for the great tribute.

07/12/2021

VATF-2 Convoy leaving the cruise terminal in Miami on Monday morning. Thank you Miami-Dade Fire Rescue for the great tribute.

The Type I task force from VATF-2 has received demobilization orders and begun the long trip home. The team is expected ...
07/12/2021

The Type I task force from VATF-2 has received demobilization orders and begun the long trip home. The team is expected to arrived back in Virginia Beach on Tuesday. All three structural engineers that deployed ahead of the task force returned home at various times over the past few days. The 8 members deployed with the IST cache will remain on site in Florida until the IST is demobilized. VATF-2 also still has one member in Florida serving on the IST.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and support throughout the deployment.

The Type I task force from VATF-2 has received demobilization orders and begun the long trip home. The team is expected to arrived back in Virginia Beach on Tuesday. All three structural engineers that deployed ahead of the task force returned home at various times over the past few days. The 8 members deployed with the IST cache will remain on site in Florida until the IST is demobilized. VATF-2 also still has one member in Florida serving on the IST.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and support throughout the deployment.

Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post
07/09/2021

Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post

Tears, prayer mark end to search for Florida condo survivors
07/09/2021
Tears, prayer mark end to search for Florida condo survivors

Tears, prayer mark end to search for Florida condo survivors

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — A somber moment of silence marked the end of the two-week search for survivors of a Florida condominium collapse, as rescue workers stood at solemn attention and clergy members hugged a line of local officials while many of them sobbed.

Photos from National US&R Response System's post
07/08/2021

Photos from National US&R Response System's post

Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post
07/07/2021

Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post

The team has continued 24-hour operations, split among two 12-hour shifts, since shortly after the remaining building wa...
07/06/2021

The team has continued 24-hour operations, split among two 12-hour shifts, since shortly after the remaining building was demolished late Sunday. All personnel are well and working hard on mission assignments.

The team has continued 24-hour operations, split among two 12-hour shifts, since shortly after the remaining building was demolished late Sunday. All personnel are well and working hard on mission assignments.

Virginia Task Force 2 member, Capt. Jim Ingledue details rescuers’ search for victims of Surfside tower collapse. https:...
07/06/2021
Virginia Task Force 2 member details rescuers’ search for victims of Surfside tower collapse

Virginia Task Force 2 member, Capt. Jim Ingledue details rescuers’ search for victims of Surfside tower collapse. https://www.wavy.com/news/national/va-task-force-2-member-details-rescuers-search-for-victims-of-surfside-tower-collapse/

Search and rescue efforts at the site of the collapsed South Florida Champlain Towers condominium building are expected to move along more quickly now that the remaining part of the building has be…

Scholarship applications for the 2021 SCS class sponsored by VA-TF 2 are due tomorrow July 6th to the Virginia Departmen...
07/05/2021

Scholarship applications for the 2021 SCS class sponsored by VA-TF 2 are due tomorrow July 6th to the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Follow the link for additional information.

‼️Don’t forget! Scholarship Applications to attend the VATF-2 Structural Collapse Specialist Course ends TOMORROW! ⬇️
https://conta.cc/3jqXL9x

Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post
07/04/2021

Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post

07/04/2021

VATF-2 continues to work at the collapse site. The team has been divided into two 35-person teams to work 24-hour operations, with each team working a 12-hour shift. All personnel remain healthy as the team continues its important mission.

Photos from the Champlain Towers deployment to Surfside, FL.
07/04/2021

Photos from the Champlain Towers deployment to Surfside, FL.

Photos from the Champlain Towers deployment to Surfside, FL.

Photos from Governor Ron DeSantis's post
07/02/2021

Photos from Governor Ron DeSantis's post

Photos as VATF-2 arrived in Florida. Thank you to Royal Caribbean for assisting in the response effort!
07/02/2021

Photos as VATF-2 arrived in Florida. Thank you to Royal Caribbean for assisting in the response effort!

07/01/2021

The following FEMA US&R System resources have been deployed as NIMS type 1 US&R task forces and based on incident planning will integrate into operations over the next several days: OHIO-TF1, PENNSYLVANIA-TF1, INDIANA-TF1 & NEW JERSEY-TF1. The following two System resources have been issued Alert Orders as NIMS type 1 US&R task forces: TEXAS-TF1 & NEW YORK-TF1.

Virginia Task Force 2 has been activated and deployed as a Type I task force (80 members) for the Champlain Towers colla...
06/30/2021

Virginia Task Force 2 has been activated and deployed as a Type I task force (80 members) for the Champlain 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.

Virginia Task Force 2 has been activated and deployed as a Type I task force (80 members) for the Champlain 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.

Photos from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's post
06/24/2021

Photos from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's post

The Virginia Beach FD and Virginia Task Force 2 will be hosting our 23rd Annual Structural Collapse Specialist Course Oc...
04/22/2021

The Virginia Beach FD and Virginia Task Force 2 will be hosting our 23rd Annual Structural Collapse Specialist Course October 16-23, 2021. In addition to the SCS course we will also be offering our Squad Leaders Course during the same timeframe.

Additional information and Student applications for both courses can be found on the VA-TF2 web-site @ vatf2.com.

The Virginia Beach FD and Virginia Task Force 2 will be hosting our 23rd Annual Structural Collapse Specialist Course October 16-23, 2021. In addition to the SCS course we will also be offering our Squad Leaders Course during the same timeframe.

Additional information and Student applications for both courses can be found on the VA-TF2 web-site @ vatf2.com.

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Virginia Beach, VA
23452

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🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Welcome Home!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Miami - Virginia Task Force II arrives in the Miami area Thursday morning. (Photo by Martin Grube)
This was taken Saturday. Site is still smoldering.
Miami FL (Surfside) - Photos taken by Fire Rescue TV Training and News - A First Responders Network Thursday morning.
K-9 Live Rescue Training with Virginia Task Force 2 at the Va Beach Fire Training Facility
UN SALUDO EN NOMBRE DEL CUERPO GENERAL DE VOLUNTARIOS DE LA LEGION DE HONOR DEL PERU-FUERZAS ESPECIALES DE SEGURIDAD...LOS INVITO HABER NUESTRA PAGINA LEGION DE HONOR DEL PERU-FUERZAS ESPECIALES DE SEGURIDAD
Hey guys, couldn’t find the page for VATF1, but wanted to let you all know something. I was listening to a podcast on the PJ Medcast channel (episode 68) wherein the PJs were talking about the Haiti response in 2010. They spoke very highly of the VA USAR teams that were deployed, so I thought I’d let you know. Those guys are the austere rescue experts, so that’s a pretty solid compliment. Strong work.
Welcome home !
Thank you for helping in Puerto Rico. You are all amazing
Thank you Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team!
Thank you for all you do! I have a friend who's father lives in Jayuya, which is in center of island. She has not heard from him in 7 days. Any word on how the people there are doing? Again thank you! God bless.
Thank you for all you do and are doing! Your call to report my family member safe and well was so wonderful.