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In Times of Disaster

Two-day exercise simulates rescue at collapsed high-rise.

Fairfax County's International Urban Search and Rescue Team conducted a two-day exercise last week at the old Lorton Youth Detention Facility and the Fairfax County Fire Academy in Chantilly.

Virginia Task Force 1 simulated a bombing which caused the collapse of a high-rise building. The exercise went through all the stages of a rescue effort, including activation; deployment; setting up a base of operations; completing a search and rescue; and redeployment of the task force. Medical personnel and K-9 handlers also participated in the exercise.