With a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a group of Virginia Tech researchers hope to harness the power of unmanned aerial robots, or drones, to assist human searchers.
A parking garage had collapsed and there were bodies buried in the rubble. But this wasn’t a real disaster, and it wasn’t a movie set either. It was an annual training exercise that Fairfax County Fire and Rescue’s Task Force 1 participated in this week alongside their counterparts in Los Angeles.
With Hurricane Michael headed toward the Southeast, the Montgomery County-based Maryland Task Force One and the Fairfax County-based Virginia Task Force One deployed for the region, anticipating operations in Florida, Alabama or Georgia. The teams will help with water rescues and other emergency operations.
A 40-year-old man is missing after a boat overturned in the Potomac River off Possum Point around 8 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has activated several urban search and rescue task forces across the U.S. to provide backup support to local authorities in Florida — and units from Virginia and Maryland are now preparing to deploy.
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