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Training...skill...dedication....teamwork....courage....commitment -- 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.

NJ 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.

At 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


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