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Virginia Task Force 1

  • Saturday, June 17, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Mordor Road at coordinates 38°41'17.4"N 77°14'27.1"W


VA-TF 1 Force Demonstration

Join us on Saturday, June 17th, for a presentation and hands-on demonstrations by Structural Specialists with Virginia Task Force 1 at the Fairfax Urban Search and Rescue training facility. Task Force members will present on the mission of the Urban Search and Rescue team, the structural engineer’s role in disaster response, and case studies related to the team’s recent deployments. Participants will also get to use search and rescue equipment and put their engineering skills to the test through several real-world scenarios. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early. All participants must bring their own hard hat, boots, safety glasses, gloves, and wear long pants.


  • Scott Bouvia, PE, SE, Partner, Scovis
  • John Dumsick, PE, Senior Civil Engineer, Office of Cultural Heritage at U.S. Department of State 
  • Thomas McLaughlin, PE, Partner Engineering Solutions and Construction Management, PLC.
  • Martin Mikula, PE, Principal Mikula Group Inc.
  • Robert Firman, PE, Senior Associate, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc.
  • Dean Tills, PE, SE, Senior Engineer lll, AE1200
  • Luis Rios, PE, Senior Structural Engineer, WMATA

Date and Time: Saturday, June 17th at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Lunch will be provided)

Registration Info: This event is limited to 20 participants. Sign-ups will close on Wednesday, June 7th at 10:00 AM. A waitlist will be enabled. Please notify the event organizer if you cancel your registration, so someone can be accepted from the waitlist.

Location: On Mordor Road at coordinates 38°41'17.4"N 77°14'27.1"W and is adjacent to the Lorton, VA waste facility. Exact directions will be provided closer to the event date.

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