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    Default What USAR Teams are "On the wheel" and have they been activated???

    Anyone know???? And if they have been deployed, God be with you and keep you safe.
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    I've heard from multiple people (and can state as a fact) that Fairfax is going. I've also heard a few people say things about California...not sure.

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    Question Huh??........

    Going where, and for what??.......... I haven't been watching the News Lately.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Going where, and for what??.......... I haven't been watching the News Lately.........
    Ditto. What the frack is going on?
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    Down to Haiti. The 7.0 earthquake has been causing mass chaos. Reports of a hospital collapsed.

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    California USAR Task Force 2 (Los Angeles County Fire Dept.) is also responding.

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    Canadian military Disaster Assistance Response Team has been alerted and waiting. Malahat 2 ( Rick) might know a bit more.

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    Per VAFireNews.com:

    "Not unexpected this evening, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it is sending a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Haiti. This will include firefighters from Fairfax County and Los Angeles County. The two urban search and rescue (USAR) teams have been activated and are gathering personnel and equipment.

    According to USAID, the USAR teams have as many as 72 personnel, 6 search and rescue canines and up to 48 tons of rescue equipment."

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    Anyone know how they plan on getting there?
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    they are being flown in, at first the airport there was closed and needed to be checked, but as of 07:30 pst wed the airport was cleared for takeoffs and landings

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    Anyone know how they plan on getting there?
    Just guessing, but perhaps hitching a ride with the USNS Comfort that is leaving Newport? That won't be for a couple days, though. They could also helo some personnel and equipment to the USS Carl Vinson which is already in route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyk46 View Post
    they are being flown in, at first the airport there was closed and needed to be checked, but as of 07:30 pst wed the airport was cleared for takeoffs and landings
    That was the same thing I had heard, so thats why I asked. Everyone is saying now that the airport is good to go. But conditions all over the island sound pretty rough.
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    Florida TF1 & 2 being deployed last I heard. Miami had to get some paperwork straight for international deployment.

    I believe only 2 teams are approved for international deployment. Cal and Fairfax. Has to do with Passport and Shots I believe. State department can clear others for immediate deployment I believe with consent of the POTUS and affected country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanLoader View Post
    Canadian military Disaster Assistance Response Team has been alerted and waiting. Malahat 2 ( Rick) might know a bit more.
    Thats affirmative. HMCS HALIFAX and HMCS ATHABASKAN are also on the move, as well its been reported that the SAR helos were "spooled up" on the tarmack, waiting for orders. There's nothing about the SAR teams in the news, but I'm sure they're just waiting to be "Given The Word".

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    Excerpt from the Victoria Times Colonist:

    The Defence Department mobilized four giant transport aircraft with helicopters, two Halifax-based ships and was preparing to deploy the Disaster Assistance Response Team to help in search-and-rescue efforts in the collapsed capital and in the delivery of food, water, medicine and other survival necessities.

    The military has dubbed the efforts Operation Hestia, after the goddess of hearth and home.

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    10 FEMA US&R teams are activiated and are in various stages of deployment. A few are on the ground in Haiti, and more are leaving this morning. Two were activated yesterday morning, two more yesterday afternoon, and POTUS activated 6 more teams last night.

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    Default From this morning situation report

    FEMA Actions

    FEMA NRCC is activated to Level II, 24/7 operations
    Region IV is at Level III Partial Activation due to Haiti evacuees possibly being evacuated to Florida.
    National IMAT West activated and awaiting transportation; scheduled to depart Sacramento at 10:00 a.m. PST in USCG C-130
    Thomasville, GA MERS activated and moving rolling stock to Homestead; currently in Orlando
    Frederick, MD MERS activated in support of US&R operations and is awaiting airlift transportation
    Maynard, MA MERS activated and awaiting airlift transportation
    US&R VA-1 team (Fairfax County) in Haiti: base camp established, initial survey conducted, and priority targets identified
    US&R CA-2 team (Los Angeles County) to arrive at 4:30 a.m. EST, January 14, in Haiti
    US&R FL-1 and FL-2 (Miami-Dade) teams deploying from Homestead, FL on January 14
    US&R VA-2, OH-1, CA-5, CA-7, NY-1, and TX-1 task forces have been activated and are awaiting transportation to Port-au-Prince; tentatively scheduled to arrive at Port-au-Prince today
    A US&R Incident Support Team is preparing to deploy to support US&R operations in Haiti
    Additional US&R teams on stand-by
    Logistics provided Frederick MERS with meals and water for delivery to Haiti; additional meals and water, along with tarps, blankets, cots, and comfort kits have been ordered and will be delivered to Homestead AFB for pre-staging
    Four External Affairs staff to depart today to Haiti to support USAID; one External Affairs staff to deploy to Washington, D.C.
    Department of Health and Human Services

    Four DMAT and four DMORT teams have been activated and are awaiting transportation to Haiti
    Four additional DMAT and four additional DMORT teams are on stand-by
    U.S. Coast Guard

    Two cutters already in Haiti; two additional cutters are en route
    Two fixed wing C-130 aircraft are performing over-flight assessments
    Two C-130s with 140 passenger capacity to arrive January 14; first evacuation flight of UN personnel scheduled to depart for Santa Domingo at 10:00 a.m. EST; two additional evacuations may be possible later that day
    U.S. Navy

    Hospital ship USNS Comfort scheduled to arrive by January 22 to provide mobile hospital
    Red Cross

    Five person team being deployed to manage distribution
    All relief supplies stored in Panama have been made available
    $1 million in funds available for immediate response
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    And I just got a call from PA TF-1 for a 10 to 14 day availability check.
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    Texas Task Force One has been activated:

    http://news8austin.com/content/top_s...sp?ArID=263911

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    Any body here have any experience with USAR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Any body here have any experience with USAR.
    Bush--you should come over to the COJ... lots of "for-real" knowledgeable people there who can help ya out... and even a few of your fellow brush-monkeys there too.
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    My question is why?

    What is the motivation for any of these USAR members to go to a 3rd world country and not just any 3rd world country, but what is now a biological stain of the most AIDS (and all other STD's) infected country in the world to do what? At a week plus, there will be no further life saving.

    Structurely, Haiti is in ruins because of the earthquake. Haiti was already in ruin in every other asset of a civilized society before the earthquake.

    Honestly, much of the motivation for USAR members is the money. It isn't worth it this time, at least not to me.
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    Do you like to go to fires? Do you like to use your training? Would you like to participate in hundreds and hundreds of hours of training and never use it? When do you truely learn the job of firefighter? I say actual real world experience. I feel the same applies for US&R. Good luck to all the brothers over there showing once again there is no better country than the USA.

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