Fire EMS

The Response of Virginia Task Force 1: A Medical Perspective

Issue 11 and Volume 148.

The Response of Virginia Task Force 1: A Medical Perspective BY CRAIG DeATLEY, PA-C, EMT-P; ANTHONY G. MACINTYRE, M.D.; DEWEY H. PERKS, EMT-P; and JOSEPH A. BARBERA, M.D., FACEP Early on April 23, 1995, FEMA placed the USAR Task Force from the Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department–Virginia Task Force 1 (VA TF-1)–on alert. During the preactivation time period, telephone calls were made to federal representatives in Oklahoma City to gather predeployment information. Valuable information about work conditions, rescue operations, environmental hazards, and locally available support services was obtained by the time team members began meeting at the designated mobilization center. At 5:30 a.m., the team was activated. The VA TF-1 medical team consists of a cadre of 14 Fairfield County paramedics (designated as medical specialists) and six emergency physicians from The George Washington University Medical Center and the INOVA Health Care System Hospitals (designated as medical team managers).…

Subscribe to unlock this content

Subscribe Now