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Fairfax-based Haiti rescuers help save 14, experience 'minor dehydration'

A second Fairfax County rescue unit arrived in Haiti early Friday and has been involved in the rescue of at least 14 people, officials said.

Virginia Task Force 1, Fairfax County's Urban Search and Rescue Team, arrived at 3 a.m. Friday at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. The rescue unit consists of 42 people and a search dog, said Fairfax County Assistant Fire Chief David. L. Rohr.

So far, those rescue workers have rescued eight victims at United Nations headquarters, Hotel Montana in Pétionville and the University of Port-au-Prince (photo), Rohr said. The team has assisted in six additional rescues with foreign search-and-rescue teams.

Rohr said some team members have experienced "some minor dehydration issues," but otherwise have high spirits. During operations, the Fairfax teams have been accompanied by locals; "This helps when explaining our operations to citizens or victims in the area we are working," Rohr said.

A 72-person team made up mostly of Fairfax firefighters was among the first to arrive in the earthquake-stricken country Wednesday afternoon. The federal-funded rescue teams typically are deployed for 10-to-14-day shifts.

By Derek Kravitz  |  January 16, 2010; 3:26 PM ET
Categories:  Derek Kravitz , Fairfax County  
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