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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Operating as usual

National US&R Response System
11/11/2020

National US&R Response System

Hundreds of military veterans serve within the ranks of our Urban Search & Rescue system. We say thank you 🙏🏻 to all Veteran and Active Duty military personnel. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” We are in good hands.

National US&R Response System
10/28/2020

National US&R Response System

Tennessee TF1 (type 3) ,Texas TF1 (type 3) and the FEMA US&R White Incident Support Team have been activated in support of #HurricaneZeta

National US&R Response System
10/27/2020

National US&R Response System

Tennessee TF1 (type 3) and Texas TF1 (type 3) have been placed on Alert. The FEMA US&R White Incident Support Team is on call in support of #HurricaneZeta

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
10/23/2020

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

Virginia Task Force-1 Awarded USAR Cooperative Agreement from USAID

Fire Chief John Butler is pleased to announce that the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department sponsored Urban Search and Rescue Program, Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue, will continue providing international urban search and rescue services as part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) disaster response efforts.

The Program completed an extensive competitive process to obtain a cooperative agreement with BHA that goes into effect December 1, 2020 and will last for five years. This continues a formal partnership that has been in place since 1991 and allows the department, and its personnel, to provide emergency response and technical assistance around the world. This partnership is run alongside the urban search and rescue team’s work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a domestic disaster response team.

“I am extremely proud of the men and women of our urban search and rescue team,” said Fire Chief Butler. “This accomplishment was made possible by their hard work, dedication, and innovation. We are honored to continue our partnership with USAID and provide urban search and rescue services around the world.”

In recent years, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s urban search and rescue team has deployed numerous times in support of USAID’s humanitarian response efforts, including to the Bahamas in 2019 for Hurricane Dorian and Nepal in 2015 for a magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

For more information visit https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/oct-22-2020-usaid-announces-continuation-partnerships-international-urban-search

Louisiana State Urban Search and Rescue Task Force
10/11/2020

Louisiana State Urban Search and Rescue Task Force

More than 400 USAR members spent the day conducting secondary searches and damage assessments across several parishes affected by #HurricaneDelta.

They were able to complete more than 4,000 surveys that will assist local officials with determining their recovery needs as well as help utility companies get a grasp on their restoration hurdles to repair and power up dozens of communities quickly and efficiently.

Louisiana USAR Task Force 2
Louisiana Task Force 3 Urban Search and Rescue
Louisiana Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 9
Louisiana Regional Response Team 3
Lafayette Fire Department
Baton Rouge Fire Department
Alexandria Fire Department
Monroe Fire Department
National US&R Response System
Indiana USAR Task Force #1
Tennessee Task Force One: Urban Search & Rescue
Nashville Fire Department
Boone County Fire Protection District
Florida Task Force 2 Urban Search & Rescue Florida Task Force 2
Ohio Task Force 1
South Carolina State Fire
Oklahoma City Fire Department
Tulsa Fire Department

National US&R Response System
10/08/2020

National US&R Response System

FEMA has activated the White US&R Incident Support Team (Advance); 1- Type 1 Team Tennessee Task Force 1. 5- Type 3 Teams Texas Task Force 1, Missouri Task Force 1, Indiana Task Force 1, Ohio Task Force 1 and Florida Task Force 1 in support of Hurricane Delta.

Indiana USAR Task Force #1
10/07/2020

Indiana USAR Task Force #1

IN-TF1 has been activated as of 5pm today in support of Hurricane Delta. The team of 35 members will depart Thursday for an undetermined destination near the gulf coast.

National US&R Response System
10/07/2020

National US&R Response System

The White Incident Support Team advanced element has been activated at the request of FEMA Region VI in support of the State of Louisiana. The following System US&R resources have been placed on alert: Tennessee Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 1 and Missouri Task Force 1.

Texas A&M Task Force 1
09/22/2020

Texas A&M Task Force 1

Texas A&M Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) and TX-TF2, sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) deployed earlier this week, and have staged search & rescue resources along the Texas coast to help assist those communities impacted by the heavy rains and strong winds from Tropical Strom Beta. The Task Force works closely with fellow Texas Response Partners from the Texas Military Dept, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept, Texas Dept of Transportation, and many more. Our mission to support local responders when large disasters strike with highly trained members and specialized rescue equipment and boats.

Please be sure to monitor local news & weather, and to "Turn Around, Don’t Drown"

For additional information, updates, and to find information for after the storm visit https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

#TXTF1; #TXTF2; #TEEX, #TAMUS, #TropicalStormBeta; #TurnAroundDontDrown

Utah Task Force 1
09/21/2020

Utah Task Force 1

UT-TF1 has completed their mission in Jackson County, Oregon, and will soon be back home with their families.

We wish the State of Oregon and the citizens of Jackson County all the best as they heal and rebuild.

#uttf1
#FEMA

National US&R Response System
09/20/2020

National US&R Response System

The following FEMA US&R resources have been activated at the request of Region VI in support of the State of Texas. US&R White Incident Support Team has transferred from Hurricane Sally operations to Tropical Storm Beta. Tennessee TF1 (Type 3) has been activated and should arrive in staging by this evening.

National US&R Response System
09/17/2020

National US&R Response System

In every disaster there are uplifting stories of survival & perseverance. While searching heavily damaged areas of Lane County, OR, WA-TF1 was uplifted to locate an elderly couple safe in their home. The couple had survived the fire by sheltering in a nearby open field. Task Force medical personnel evaluated the couple while other members offered them their personal lunches. The couple's information was forwarded to local officials for further assistance.

VA-TF2 2019 Structural Collapse Specialists Course
10/27/2019

VA-TF2 2019 Structural Collapse Specialists Course

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.

VA-TF2 SCS DAY 3 - Lifting and Moving - Utilizing the crane and rigging skills to relocate shipping containers at the L&...
10/22/2019

VA-TF2 SCS DAY 3 - Lifting and Moving - Utilizing the crane and rigging skills to relocate shipping containers at the L&M site

Day 2 of the 2019 Structural Collapse Specialist Course in Virginia Beach.
10/21/2019

Day 2 of the 2019 Structural Collapse Specialist Course in Virginia Beach.

When duty calls VATF2 is quick to deploy and committed to completing any and all missions.  This often requires VATF2 me...
09/05/2019

When duty calls VATF2 is quick to deploy and committed to completing any and all missions. This often requires VATF2 members to miss special occasions and celebrations with family and friends.

After completing a long day of training and preparations for Hurricane Dorian. VATF2 took a moment to celebrate with one of their own and sing Happy Birthday to our Logistics Manager Dan!!!🎂🎉🥳

Happy Birthday!

Virginia Beach Fire Department
09/04/2019

Virginia Beach Fire Department

The Virginia Beach Fire Department wishes to congratulate Dennis Burke on his recent promotion to Battalion Chief and Mark Bayly on his promotion to Captain. Both men are currently deployed with Virginia Task Force-2 to assist with relief operations somewhere along the east coast between Florida and Virginia, depending on Dorian's track.. Notice the paper badge cut-outs they are wearing. That's what happens when you get promoted the same day you deploy to respond to a hurricane.

Meet the K9's of Virginia Task Force 2!!!  Rip (Riptide), Petras, Sarge, & Haven are staging with the rest of the team i...
09/02/2019

Meet the K9's of Virginia Task Force 2!!! Rip (Riptide), Petras, Sarge, & Haven are staging with the rest of the team in Orlando, Fl. VATF2 continues to watch the tropics and prepare for Hurricane Dorian.🐕

VATF2 remains staged at the Orlando Convention Center, watching and waiting to respond for any assistance following Hurr...
09/02/2019

VATF2 remains staged at the Orlando Convention Center, watching and waiting to respond for any assistance following Hurricane Dorian. VATF2 spent the day training on water rescue hazards, environmental medical hazards, and data collection.

VATF2 would like to congratulate two Virginia Beach Fire Department members who were promoted today while on deployment by Chief Hutcheson via FaceTime. Chief Cooper and Chief Pravetz joined Chief Hutcheson on FaceTime to congratulate the newly promoted Battalion Chief Dennis Burke and Captain Mark Bayley.

VA-TF2 has been deployed as a TYPE 1 80 member US&R Team. VA-TF2 arrived in Orlando Saturday morning at 10AM.  The Team ...
09/01/2019

VA-TF2 has been deployed as a TYPE 1 80 member US&R Team. VA-TF2 arrived in Orlando Saturday morning at 10AM. The Team is currently housed at the Orlando Conference Center which is a huge complex that even allows underground parking for all of our vehicles. All VA-TF2 members are in good spirts especially after a good night’s rest last night. Today, Sunday the Team will remain staged at the Convention Center.

The 15 VA-TF2 members assigned to the RED IST are also in good spirits/health and are expending greats in keeping the teams well informed and organized..

VATF-2 members travelled to Richmond to attend the FEMA Water Rescue Specialist and Boat Operator class.    Four day cla...
05/22/2019

VATF-2 members travelled to Richmond to attend the FEMA Water Rescue Specialist and Boat Operator class.
Four day class on swift water rescue and boat operations on the James River.

Rescue Challenge 2019: May 6 - 9, 2019.  This week 34 members from VATF2 and the TRTRT (Tidewater Regional Technical Res...
05/10/2019

Rescue Challenge 2019: May 6 - 9, 2019. This week 34 members from VATF2 and the TRTRT (Tidewater Regional Technical Rescue Team) traveled to Central Virginia/Richmond region to particpate in this years Rescue Challenge. Our 34 members divided into two teams and spent the four days particpating in 8 well planned and executed technical rescue scenarios. Other teams participating were Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke, Montgomery County MD, New Jersey, Central VA, Crater Regional, OH-TF-1, Westrock, NOVA, 911th Army Technical Rescue Company

Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's cover photo
05/10/2019

Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's cover photo

VATF2 Rescue Component Quarterly Drill - Mini SCS class Members of the Rescue Component attended the training and comple...
05/10/2019

VATF2 Rescue Component Quarterly Drill - Mini SCS class Members of the Rescue Component attended the training and completed various Shoring, Breaking and Breaching exercises

Virginia Beach Fire Department
10/19/2018

Virginia Beach Fire Department

Structural Collapse Technician School is an annual event at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center that is running now through Saturday, October 21st.. Fire and Rescue personnel come from all over the country attend this week-long specialized school. Some of the instructors are members of Virginia Task Force 2. Occasionally we have students from other countries participating as well.

20th Annual Structure Collapse School - Day 4
10/16/2018

20th Annual Structure Collapse School - Day 4

VA-TF2 20th year of delivering the Structural Collapse Course - Day 2
10/15/2018

VA-TF2 20th year of delivering the Structural Collapse Course - Day 2

VATF2 MRP-W remains operational in assisting with Hurricane Michael operations in Calhoun County
10/14/2018

VATF2 MRP-W remains operational in assisting with Hurricane Michael operations in Calhoun County

VA-TF2 MRP - Water arrived at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL around midnight last night.  The team continues p...
10/10/2018

VA-TF2 MRP - Water arrived at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL around midnight last night. The team continues preparing and checking their equipment. The Team is housed safely with 9 other Task Forces. All teams are staged during the storm and are prepared for any assigned operations.

Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's cover photo
10/10/2018

Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's cover photo

VATF2 deployed a Mission Ready Package for Water Rescue (MRP-W) to Florida this morning ahead of Hurricane Michael. This...
10/09/2018

VATF2 deployed a Mission Ready Package for Water Rescue (MRP-W) to Florida this morning ahead of Hurricane Michael. This package includes 16 personnel, along with several trucks and boats. The task force also deployed 8 members with the East Coast IST Cache and 4 members to serve on the Incident Support Team.

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.

09/19/2018

Fortunately the rains and flooding in the western part of North Carolina were much less severe than predicted. The VA-TF2 MRP-W received demobilization orders on Tuesday, September 18, and all 16 members returned home to Virginia Beach later that evening. The team had been staging and working with local departments in Boone, NC preparing for heavy rains and flooding.
VA-TF2 still has numerous members actively deployed in North Carolina with some staffing the Incident Support Team (IST) and others manning the East Coast IST equipment cache.

VA-TF2 was demobilized as a state task force Saturday evening. The team then received a FEMA activation to deploy a wate...
09/16/2018

VA-TF2 was demobilized as a state task force Saturday evening. The team then received a FEMA activation to deploy a water rescue mission ready package (MRP-W) to North Carolina to respond to flooding. The team of 16 personnel left the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center with 5 vehicles and equipment at 1945 hrs.

09/12/2018
VA-TF2 Activated for Hurricane Response

VA-TF 2 was activated yesterday to prepare to respond as needed in the wake of Hurricane Florence, The team is in Virginia Beach right now waiting to get their assignment, VBFD Multimedia Unit shot this video yesterday at the FireTtraining Center in Virginia Beach and we though we would share it with all of you.

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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.
Is this organization all volunteers? USN retired with a few skills up his sleeve.
Thank you! Our little island needs the help and to know that people like you take their time to help those in needs is much needed in the world. ¡Gracias!