Virginia Beach-led task force back from South Carolina

An 80-member regional search-and-rescue team that was led by the Virginia Beach Fire Department returned Sunday from helping flood victims in South Carolina during a week-long deployment.

Virginia Task Force 2 headed south on Oct. 5 with 46 members of Beach Fire personnel and other rescue workers from area agencies. During their time in South Carolina, they compiled the following stats, as relayed Sunday by Virginia Beach Fire Department spokesman Art Kohn:

  • The task force traveled 1,244 miles by ground, 110 miles by Black Hawk helicopter and 12 nautical miles on the Edisto River.
  • They visited 1,988 homes in Richland and Dorchester counties.
  • They marked 4,850 waypoints (marks that identified damaged structures, road closures, flooding, hazardous materials or residents who had left or took shelter).
  • They evaluated and cleared four “extremely hazardous sites.”

The task force documented its week in South Carolina on its Facebook page. Here are some of the photos they posted while deployed:

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