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Posted at 7:34 PM ET, 03/ 1/2010

Fairfax rescue team ready to help Chile quake victims

By Erica Johnston

Just weeks after they returned from earthquake-stricken Haiti, the Fairfax County urban search and rescue team has been mobilized to go to Chile to search for survivors of the earthquake there.

Fifty-two members of the team, along with four search dogs, have been mobilized by the federal Agency for International Development. The group is now awaiting further instructions from the agency, said Dan Schmidt, spokesman for the county fire and rescue department.

He said the team has assembled at the county’s fire and rescue training academy.

“We are ready to go if and when we get activation,” Schmidt said.

Team members returned last month from 15 days in Haiti. During that mission, they rescued 16 people, Schmidt said.

-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | March 1, 2010; 7:34 PM ET
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