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THE PENTAGON ATTACK ON 9-11: VA TF-1 URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSE

11/01/2002
BY ROBERT DUBÉ AND BOB ZOLDOSCommand and control of a major structure collapse are very daunting tasks. Massive loss of life, precarious remaining structures, overtaxed local resources, and a panicked public make the response to this type of emergency quite challenging. Add in one of the largest government buildings in the United States; multiple jurisdiction complications of the largest scale; and the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard, and you have an introduction to the Urban Search and Rescue response to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.Local Virginia fire units from Arlington County, Fort Myer, the City of Alexandria, and Fairfax County were immediately dispat...

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