NEVADA TASK FORCE 1
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 15, 10:10 AM
- NV TF-1 Urban Search & Rescue Team was demobilized
yesterday afternoon following a 10-day rescue operation and left
New Orleans at 6:30 PM. The 80 man team is expected to arrive at
the FEMA headquarters in Las Vegas some time after 4:00 PM
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 14, 10:45 AM
- Nevada Task Force-1 Urban Search & Rescue Team members
helped rescue a woman in Louisiana today. They found her in her
home Monday but she refused to leave. "She just wanted to
die there." Undeterred, Team members got names and phone
numbers of her children, one of whom lives in Alabama. He was
contacted and joined team members at his mother's home. This
morning she left with him. This rescue will air on CNN this
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 12, 1:45 PM
- Click on a thumbnail to see a
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 9, 1:00 PM
- NV-TF1 saved two more lives in New Orleans, bringing the total
to three. We did have two minor injuries that occurred
yesterday. They were treated and both individuals are under
observation. Nothing to worry about.
- It was good to hear that our team was able to have a hot meal.
They sure are looking forward to some home cooking when they
return. They seem to be in great spirits.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 7, 2:15 PM
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 6, 10:30 AM
- Yesterday, NV-TF1 was sent out on water rescue operations at
approximately 6:00 AM and did not return until 1:30 AM. The
first day was uneventful. They are absolutely speechless as to
what they have seen and the only way they can describe the
devastation is "massive." Television in no way depicts
- We have just been informed that our rescue team just performed
a live rescue operation and two television networks NBC and CBS
(Ch. 3 and Ch. 8) have interviewed them. To save a life well
over one week after the disaster hit has raised the spirits of
the team and the area greatly.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 6, 6:45 AM
- The Nevada Task Force 1 team left the Dallas staging area
yesterday afternoon. They drove through the night to arrive in
New Orleans this morning. The Team will be working with the
Coast Guard and EPA to perform boat type rescue operations. The
Team will participate in rescue, not recovery, operations.
- According to FEMA, actual time of deployment is not known, but
will be at least a ten-day operation beginning today. NV-TF1
will be working during daylight hours because the area is still
- The Nevada Task Force 1 team received their orders yesterday,
August 5. They were deployed to Louisiana. They were in Baton
Rouge yesterday and were to arrive in New Orleans this morning.
- Here are some pictures. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2, 10:45 AM
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2, 9:00 AM
- Possible deployment sites area
- Gulfport, Mississippi map
- Metairie, Louisiana map
- Camp Shelby, Mississippi map
- Current resources in operation view
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2, 7:15 AM
- The Task Force 1 team was informed by FEMA that they might be
staged up to five days in Dallas. They are in the process of
some training courses to keep their skills honed. They are
- It is uncertain, at this point, whether they will be deployed
to Mississippi or Louisiana. Two other teams from California are
also being staged at the same location.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 1, 9:15 AM
- We have been informed that our Task Force Team traveled
yesterday as far as Oklahoma City. Upon reaching Oklahoma
City, however, they received orders to divert back to
Dallas. They spent the night in Dallas and are waiting for
further instructions from FEMA.
- We were also informed that of all the western teams that were
activated, we had the quickest response time and made the
quickest travel time. Kudos TF-1!
UPDATED AUGUST 31, 4:00 PM
- We just received information from the Task Force. They are in
Texas now, and are expected to arrive at their destination
by 9 PM tonight. The so-far 840-mile trip has been uneventful.
Everyone's spirits are high and they are eager to get to
work. Also, we should have some pictures soon.
- Nevada's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 was
activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at
10:00 AM this morning, to support the Hurricane Katrina response
and recovery processes in the Gulf Coast region.
- NTF-1, coordinated by the Clark County Fire Department,
consists primarily of CCFD emergency personnel who have taken
specialized training to qualify for the team. Other members from
the community include three emergency room doctors, three
structural engineers, two heavy rigging specialists, two
communications specialists, and four members of Metro's Search
& Rescue K-9 Division and their four search dogs.
- The team departed early this afternoon, bound for Camp
Shelby, Mississippi. Their caravan included two 18-wheeler
trucks, two buses, two box trucks, two Metro K-9 vehicles, and
three support vehicles. The specialized search and rescue
equipment they are taking with them weighs approximately 25
- Upon arrival in Mississippi, the Task Force will receive work
assignments to support state and local response and recovery
efforts over the next ten to fourteen days.