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Fairfax Rescue Crew In Japan Monitors Radiation Levels

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Virginia Task Force 1 brought 75 tons of rescue equipment and six dogs to help look for survivors in Japan.
Virginia Task Force 1 brought 75 tons of rescue equipment and six dogs to help look for survivors in Japan.

Seventy-four volunteer firefighters, structural engineers and paramedics make up the Virginia Task Force 1. It's a team deployed to Japan by the office of U.S. foreign disaster assistance.

"Where they're located right now is a seaport town. It's about 125 square miles in size and on the north end of where the tsunami hit, so they need a lot of help there in that town," says Captain Willie Bailey, with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Task Force hazmat specialists are also monitoring the effects of the latest explosion in a nuclear plant in Fukushima. Crews have reported no rise in radiation levels but say they will continue to monitor the situation in the small town and in nearby cities.

**NBC4 video of the Fairfax team in Japan:**

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