Firefighters From Fairfax County Help Hurricane Affected Bahamas

The hurricane disaster in the Bahamas has seen an international humanitarian response including help from across the U.S. and from members of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in Virginia. The local search and rescue team is known as USA-1 when working internationally. This team has been deployed along with firefighters from Los Angeles County as part of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team.

Personnel with Virginia Task Force 1 load up and prepare to head to the Bahamas, which were battered by Hurricane Dorian

Bill Vannoy, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue battalion chief and USA-1 task force leader in the Bahamas said, “Members of both teams comprised of 57 members and four K-9s will be conducting search and rescue missions, along with conducting humanitarian assessments and providing medical treatment to any citizens they encounter.”

According to, “As of Thursday afternoon, some of the Virginia team members were conducting aerial assessments by plane with the U.S. Coast Guard on the northern Bahamian island of Abaco, one of the areas severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

USAID also has coordinated the delivery of supplies for hurricane victims, USAID Administrator Mark Green said in a tweet. Green said supplies were enough to help 31,500 people, which included hygiene kits, buckets and water containers, and rolls of plastic sheeting.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.