Virginia search and rescue team heads to Nepal

VA-TF1 Arrives in Qatar. Latest Mission Update (4/27/2015) April 27, 2015 - 7:00 AM The team arrived safely in Qatar around 0420 EDT today. They will be there several hours. The anticipated arrival time in Kathmandu is now sometime this evening (early on 4/28 in Nepal). (Photo credit: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Dept. / Facebook)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A search-and-rescue team from Fairfax County is on its way to Nepal to look for survivors of Saturday’s earthquake.

Photos: Nepal Earthquake

A team of 57 men and women, plus six search dogs, left for Nepal on Sunday from Dover Air Force Base.

The Fairfax County team is one of two in the country that deploys to international disasters in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development. The other team, from Los Angeles, has also deployed.

The search-and-rescue teams are entirely self-sustaining for periods of two weeks or more.

Fairfax County’s team was in the midst of a multi-day training exercise over the weekend when the earthquake struck in Nepal. More than 3,700 people have been killed.

The Fairfax team last deployed internationally in June 2014 in response to flooding in Paraguay.

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