Fire EMS, Technical Rescue

Virginia Task Force 2 Rescues

Issue 9 and Volume 163.

By Michael J. Barakey and James E. Ingledue Virginia Task Force 2 (VA-TF2) was activated to the Haiti earthquake on January 13, 2010. We were mobilizing as members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue program, on interagency agreement with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Our members prepared for an unprecedented international mission. We awaited an airframe to bring our 81-person task force with 125,000 pounds of equipment to the disaster. Our team worked throughout the day to ready our cache for air and to prepare for the conditions in Haiti. We received doxycycline from the team physicians and medical component, as malaria, Dengue fever, and other vectors were prevalent in Haiti. We learned about the tropical climate and the hydration needs to operate in such an environment. We were leaving an environment with temperatures…

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