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JERSEY'S TASK FORCE 1
-- meet New Jersey's Task Force 1 (TF-1), the New Jersey
Office of Emergency Management's technical search and
rescue team. TF-1 team members are volunteers who also
hold full-time positions as career firefighters, police
officers, EMT's, NJ State Troopers, state and local
government employees, and medical professionals. Team
members train to Federal Emergency Management Agency
Urban Search and Rescue and National Fire Protection
Agency 1670 Standards.
TF-1, which was established in 1997, is trained to respond
to structural collapses, trench collapses, confined
space rescues, swiftwater/flood rescues, and high angle
rope rescues. This photo gallery features TF-1 team
members preparing for most one of their most difficult
challenges to date -- response to the terrorist attack
on the World Trade Center.
TF-1 members serve as riggers, medical specialists for
the NJ TF-1 team and teams from other states, search
specialists, K9 search specialists, logistics specialists,
and incident planning specialists.
NJ TF-1 members participated in Swift Water Rescue Training
in the Summer of 2001.
TF-1 members also use their expertise in the following
areas to support technical rescue operations -- communications,
hazardous materials, structural engineering, safety,
and incident management.
Before the World Trade Center Incident, NJ's Task Force
1 responded to Bound Brook after Hurricane Floyd (September
1999), a partial parking garage collapse in Irvington
(May 1999), the Republican National Convention (July/August
2000), and a warehouse collapse in Trenton (1998).
In summer of 2000, NJ's Task Force 1 supported the NJ
Special Olympics by participating in a "Plane Pull"
at Newark Airport. Team members personally donated a
total of $2,000 for the opportunity to compete with
other teams in this yearly fund-raising event to aid
children and adults with mental retardation.
In the Summer of 1998 TF-1 culminated a year of training
with its first full-scale exercise, held at the Ciba
Geigy site in Toms River.
The TF-1 Incident Advance Team arrived in NYC within
90 minutes of the collapse of the World Trade Center
towers. This photo is from a training exercise held
in the Summer of 1998.
the World Trade Center site, TF-1 members conducted
search and rescue operations and search and recovery
operations along with members of the the NYPD and the
NYFD. The team is equipped with over 50,000 pounds of
state-of-the-art search and rescue equipment
TF-1 provided logistical support and technical search
support with dogs and specialized search cameras and
listening devices at the World Trade Center site. They
also assisted in documentation of the scene with aerial
photos, assisted with the procurement of plans for the
building, and developed incident actions plans with
the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Earlier team
Photo by Kevin M. Fitzhenry Bayonne FD