LLIS Good Story: The Virginia Task Force 1 Family Support Services Team   [open pdf - 59KB]

"Fairfax County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department's urban search and rescue resource, Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF1), developed the Family Support Services Team (FSST). The FSST provides a variety of support services to VATF1 team members and their families before, during, and after deployments. […] VATF1 is a group of about 200 dedicated men and women from multiple emergency disciplines, including firefighters, physicians, engineers, and others, who rapidly deploy around the world to provide search and rescue assistance. VATF1 has been deployed nationally to provide assistance during Hurricane Isabel in 2003, the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia Recovery Mission, the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing. The team has also been deployed internationally by the United States Agency for International Development/Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) to provide search and rescue support. These search and rescue missions include assistance to the 1998 American Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya; major earthquakes in Izmit, Turkey; Duce, Turkey; and Touliu, Taiwan in 1999; and the 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran. VATF1 first incorporated the FSST into its deployment protocol just before the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing. The Fairfax County, Virginia, fire chief recognized the growing need for a support system for the VATF1 team and its families and incorporated the FSST into the department's general orders and policies. The FSST relieves other department staff from having to care for the families during deployment. The VATF1 relies on the FSST to provide the necessary resources, services, and support to the entire VATF1 family."

Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS)
Media Type:
Help with citations