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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/13/2010

Fairfax rescue team headed to Haiti

By Washington Post Editors

A Fairfax County search and rescue team is heading to Haiti to help find people who are trapped in debris after a powerful earthquake.

The team was preparing to leave Wednesday morning. Another group was leaving from Los Angeles.

The team will be taking 48 tons of rescue equipment, including medical supplies, listening devices and search cameras. Six search dogs also will make the trip.

U.S. Agency for International Development spokeswoman Rebecca Gustason says the team will be able to remove heavy rubble to reach people who may still be alive under collapsed buildings.

Assistant Fire Chief Dave Rohr says 72 people will make the trip. Some have been to Haiti last year for a school collapse.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | January 13, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
 
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