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Surfside Building Collapse

National US&R Response System

6/30/2021

Currently, every Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force is deployed to the collapse of the Champlain Towers South.

Virginia Task Force-Two Activated to Florida – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has activated the Virginia Beach based Urban Search and Rescue Team, Virginia Task Force 2 (VATF2), to deploy to Surfside, Fla., to assist with the Surfside Condo collapse. VATF-2 USAR is one of 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams positioned across the country. The Virginia Beach Fire Department is the sponsoring agency for VATF-2.

6/27/2021

Current Operations: The National US&R Response System has deployed the following resources at the request of the State of Florida/Region IV; 4 Structures Specialists (from VA- TF2 & VA-TF1) as single resources, and the Blue Incident Support Team Mission Ready Package-Command-IST (15 personnel) to support the management of search and rescue operations. The following three System resources have been issued Alert Orders as NIMS Type 1 US&R Task Forces VA-TF2, VA- TF1 & OH-TF1.

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Miami Dade Fire Rescue Dispatch & Initial Size-Up of the 12 Story Condominium Collapse on Miami Beach.

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