More than six dozen rescue workers and 31 tons of equipment from Fairfax County have landed in Japan to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
The team, called Virginia Task Force 1, includes search and rescue technicians and dogs, structural engineers, doctors, paramedics and other support personnel. The task force landed at Misawa Air Base Sunday and plans to establish a base of operations in Ofunato, a seaport city of about 41,000 people.
The Virginia rescue team arrived in Japan with a California rescue task force, both of which will be working under the direction of the Tokyo Fire Department.
Last year, Virginia Task Force 1 helped rescue 16 people in Haiti. The team has been deployed to disaster scenes for 25 years to places such as Kenya, Taiwan, Turkey, Oklahoma City, The Pentagon, and Armenia.
It is part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.