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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/14/2010

Haiti quake: Fairfax team rescues U.N. worker

By Washington Post editors

Early this morning, Fairfax County's elite search and rescue team saved a United Nations security guard, who was buried beneath a massive pile of rubble.

Officials said, the Fairfax team used cameras, listening devices, saws and jackhammers to extract the man. The 72-member team was one of the first U.S. rescue crews to arrive in the quake-torn country Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the team, which was established in 1986, include emergency managers and planners, physicians and paramedics and specialists in the fields of structural engineering, heavy rigging, collapse rescue, logistics, hazardous materials, communications, canine and technical search. The team has set up a base of operations on the grounds of the American Embassy in Haiti.

The team, established in 1986, has set up a base of operations on the grounds of the American Embassy -- about two miles from the Port-au-Prince Airport.

By Washington Post editors  | January 14, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
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