Fairfax County rescue crews comes home after week in South Carolina

The Fairfax County rescue crew was welcomed home Monday afternoon. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The Fairfax County rescue crew was welcomed home Monday afternoon. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Families had warm welcomes when the crew arrived home to Fairfax County. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Families had warm welcomes when the crew arrived home to Fairfax County. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Team members combed through communities, assessing 17,000 homes and structures, as well as 1,300 miles of roadways and bridges. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Team members combed through communities, assessing 17,000 homes and structures, as well as 1,300 miles of roadways and bridges. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Fairfax County's Virginia Task Force 1 has wrapped up its mission to help flood victims in South Carolina (Photo:Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department)
Fairfax County’s Virginia Task Force 1 has wrapped up its mission to help flood victims in South Carolina (Photo:Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department)
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The Fairfax County rescue crew was welcomed home Monday afternoon. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Families had warm welcomes when the crew arrived home to Fairfax County. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Team members combed through communities, assessing 17,000 homes and structures, as well as 1,300 miles of roadways and bridges. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Fairfax County's Virginia Task Force 1 has wrapped up its mission to help flood victims in South Carolina (Photo:Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department)

WASHINGTON — Fairfax County’s Virginia Task Force 1 has wrapped up its mission in South Carolina, after a grueling week helping victims of dangerous and devastating flooding across the state.

“A lot of the challenges were the fact that they weren’t sure how quickly the water would recede,” says Battalion Chief Chris Schaff.

The team had 80 members in the state, equipped with vehicles, boats and search dogs.

“They took boats that were capable operating in swift water. As well as boats that were capable of operating on still water, to assess and make rescues or evacuations of people that had become trapped,” he says.

Team members combed through communities, assessing 17,000 homes and structures, as well as 1,300 miles of roadways and bridges.

They also worked with utility companies to help restore power.

 

May 27, 2024 | A search and rescue team comes homes to cheers after a week in South Carolina (WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck reports)
Nick Iannelli

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