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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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.

Virginia Task Force 2 was activated as a NIMS Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team for the Commonwealth of Virginia on Se...
09/12/2018

Virginia Task Force 2 was activated as a NIMS Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team for the Commonwealth of Virginia on September 11, 2018. The team is staging in Virginia Beach awaiting orders from the State EOC. While awaiting orders, the team is watching the weather and conducting training in order to maintain a state of readiness.

Sponsoring Agency Chief Hutcheson promoted Mike Barakey and Ken Pravetz to Task Force Leaders at today’s full team drill...
12/03/2017

Sponsoring Agency Chief Hutcheson promoted Mike Barakey and Ken Pravetz to Task Force Leaders at today’s full team drill. Pictured here are Task Force Leaders Daryl Funaiock, Ken Pravetz, David Hutcheson, Mike Barakey, Tracy Freeman, Dennis Keane, Pat Seigh, and Vance Cooper (left to right).

VATF-2 conducted the annual full team drill today at the Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach.  The training consisted...
12/03/2017

VATF-2 conducted the annual full team drill today at the Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach. The training consisted of a full day focusing on FEMA USAR and VATF-2 updates, lessons learned from the deployments for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and individual component training sessions.

District Chief Michael Barakey and Capatin Jon Rigolo were guests on "Coast Live" on WTKR .  Host Cheryl Nelson asked th...
11/07/2017

District Chief Michael Barakey and Capatin Jon Rigolo were guests on "Coast Live" on WTKR . Host Cheryl Nelson asked them about VA-TF 2 deployments in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria this past summer.

District Chief Michael Barakey and Capatin Jon Rigolo were guests on "Coast Live" on WTKR . Host Cheryl Nelson asked them about VA-TF 2 deployments in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria this past summer.

WTKR's News Channel 3 Anchor Beverly Kidd presents Chief Tracy Freeman and VA-TF 2 with the People Taking Action Award f...
10/23/2017

WTKR's News Channel 3 Anchor Beverly Kidd presents Chief Tracy Freeman and VA-TF 2 with the People Taking Action Award for the teams efforts to help the survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Kidd and her photographer, Jessie, visited the group during the annual Structural Collapse Training School at the VBFTC. Chief Freeman and VA-TF2 will donate the $300 gift certificate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

WTKR's News Channel 3 Anchor Beverly Kidd presents Chief Tracy Freeman and VA-TF 2 with the People Taking Action Award for the teams efforts to help the survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Kidd and her photographer, Jessie, visited the group during the annual Structural Collapse Training School at the VBFTC. Chief Freeman and VA-TF2 will donate the $300 gift certificate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Virginia Task Force 2 hosts the 19th Annual Structural Collapse Technician course from October 14-21, 2017.  The course ...
10/20/2017

Virginia Task Force 2 hosts the 19th Annual Structural Collapse Technician course from October 14-21, 2017. The course teaches valuable Urban Search and Rescue and Technical Rescue skills in a practical, hands on training environment. The course draws students from across the country.

At Jet Aviation in Puerto Rico. Preparing to load the aircraft.  Job well done!
09/25/2017

At Jet Aviation in Puerto Rico. Preparing to load the aircraft. Job well done!

Today, VA-TF 2 is starting the process of demobilizing. Attached are the team photos taken today.
09/25/2017

Today, VA-TF 2 is starting the process of demobilizing. Attached are the team photos taken today.

09/25/2017

After arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday, September 18, 2017, Virginia Task Force-Two (VA-TF 2), one of FEMA's 28 National Urban Search & Rescue Teams, is in the process of demobilizing. The Taskforce, still in San Juan, is in the process of transitioning operations to other Federal Taskforces who were brought in to relieve VA-TF 2.

VA-TF 2 has many accomplishments over the past eight days. First, the Taskforce sheltered in place as Hurricane Maria passed near their Base of Operations (BoO) on Wednesday September 20. The structural engineers were instrumental in working with the Task Force Leaders to determine a safe area in the BoO to ride out the extreme conditions associated with Hurricane Maria. Once conditions allowed, the Taskforce immediately began to remove large obstructions and trees and fix intrusions into the BoO that occurred as Maria passed.

The next day, Thursday, September 21, 2017, VA-TF 2 was operational in several areas in Puerto Rico. The Toa Baja area experienced heavy flooding. Using boats and high water vehicles, VA-TF 2 rescued civilians and evacuated others who were trapped by waters as high as eight foot. Other teams were active in the cities of San Juan, Ponce, Aguadilla, Mayaguez, Hormigueros, Cabo Rojo, San German, Querbradillas, and Isabela. Working through various conditions, from flooded waters to mountainous terrain, VA-TF 2 visited 2,311 structures, assisted 51 citizens, evacuated 18 citizens, rescued 3, and identified 60 roads that were blocked. The Taskforce made multiple contacts with Mayors, Police Chiefs, and government officials, hospitals, and other medical care facilities to determine community needs. Also, VA-TF 2's structural engineers assessed and surveyed a dam in the North West part of Puerto Rico to determined degradation and potential for failure.

The 80 members of VA-TF 2 will arrive back in Hampton Roads once the demobilization process is complete. The date and time will be provided once travel is confirmed.

Today, VA-TF 2 is starting the process of demobilizing. Attached is the team photo taken today.
09/25/2017

Today, VA-TF 2 is starting the process of demobilizing. Attached is the team photo taken today.

Operations continuing.  Here are a few pictures of our day in Puerto Rico.
09/25/2017

Operations continuing. Here are a few pictures of our day in Puerto Rico.

VA-TF 2 worked in the West and Central Divisions today.
09/24/2017

VA-TF 2 worked in the West and Central Divisions today.

Operations continue in Puerto Rico.
09/23/2017

Operations continue in Puerto Rico.

Images from area around San Juan
09/22/2017

Images from area around San Juan

09/22/2017

Please be patient. Everyone is working hard, and safe. No cell, texting, or internet capabilities currently. We continued to work in West Puerto Rico, the area of Toa Baja, and San Juan proper. Once we have connection restored, we will continue with providing information on VA-TF2 progress.

VA-TF 2 canines and their handlers are staying prepared for missions.
09/22/2017

VA-TF 2 canines and their handlers are staying prepared for missions.

Structural engineers are performing many functions.  Here in the BoO, Engineer Caldwell and Phillips have been performin...
09/22/2017

Structural engineers are performing many functions. Here in the BoO, Engineer Caldwell and Phillips have been performing assessments and advice to the building's facilities manager to get this property serviceable again. Here is a picture after Engineer Tom Caldwell and Jack Phillips completed a plumbing operation on the roof.

The TFLs plan the operations for the day. Here a a few pictures showing the planning meetings that occur prior to the mi...
09/22/2017

The TFLs plan the operations for the day. Here a a few pictures showing the planning meetings that occur prior to the missions going forward.

Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's cover photo
09/22/2017

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

VA-TF 2 is operational toady.  We are working Toa Baja, San Juan, and West Puerto Rico.
09/22/2017

VA-TF 2 is operational toady. We are working Toa Baja, San Juan, and West Puerto Rico.

VA-TF 2 just returned.  Rescued several people today in the area of Toa Baja. VA-TF 2 worked with FL-TF 2 to execute the...
09/22/2017

VA-TF 2 just returned. Rescued several people today in the area of Toa Baja. VA-TF 2 worked with FL-TF 2 to execute these rescues.

Communications are key.  Ron Ranay is working the Comms for our teams that are operational.
09/21/2017

Communications are key. Ron Ranay is working the Comms for our teams that are operational.

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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!