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Virginia Task Force 1 Completes Operations in St. Croix

Release date: 
September 25, 2017
Release Number: 
PR 001
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue team has completed operations in St. Croix after conducting a wide range of reconnaissance operations following hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Eight members of Virginia Task Force 1 help load supplies onto a helicopter.The team’s activities included search and rescue operations, land and search evacuations and emergency medical services in the most impacted areas.

Upon landing on the island, three rescue squads — each with canine search capability — immediately went to work clearing roads so survivors could safely leave their homes to seek emergency services and supplies. Medically trained members of the team provided care to survivors who required it, including several requiring dialysis.

Virginia Task Force 1 is a highly trained team of emergency managers and planners, physicians and paramedics. It includes specialists in structural engineering, heavy rigging, collapse rescue, logistics, hazardous materials, communications, and canine and technical search. Photos/Virginia Task Force 1.

Nine members of the Virginia Task Force 1 line up for a group photo. The men in the middle are holding up the US flag.A search and rescue dog sits in front of the group.

Two military personnel on the left and two search and recue team members on the right look at a map of St. Croix on a wall.Three members of the Virginia Task Force 1 team, one in the foreground and two more further down the trail, walk down a road covered with debris from the trees.

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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:59