PGS: Fairfax Urban Search and Rescue in Nepal

The Potomac Geophysical Society, November 19, 2015–directions below:

Fairfax Urban Search and Rescue in Nepal.

The description will be: After the April earthquake in Nepal, the urban search and rescue team from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded and rescued two victims from collapsed structures.  The team is one of two search and rescue teams sponsored by the federal government to conduct international search and rescue.

John Morrison serves as a Planning Section Chief within the Urban Search and Rescue team, Virginia Task Force 1, which serves as one of the 28 domestic response teams under FEMA and as one of the two response teams under USAID/OFDA.  The planning section is responsible for situational awareness, information technology, mapping, finance and documentation while the team is deployed.  He has been a member of the team since 2003.

Meeting Room and Dining Arrangements: We meet in the glassed-in room at the back of the main dining room, The Fife and Drum. We order individually from the Club menu, which has a nice variety of dinner offerings. We pay a single bill, so we collect $25 from each member and $30 from each non-member. If a diner orders more than $20 in food and drink, he adds the amount over $20 to his contribution. The $5 overcharge goes to the Room Fee, Tax, Gratuity, and the Speaker’s Dinner. We collect on the Honor System. Reception is at 6:00 p.m. downstairs in the Old Guard Lounge. We order dinner at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is at 8:30 p.m. Please note that the meal orders will be taken at 7:00 p.m. Allow 15 minutes for security entering Ft. Myer as all civilian vehicles are searched. To ensure access to and from Fort Myer, use the Hatfield Gate, open 24 hours a day. Reservations are not necessary, however, we need a head count; so, if you wish to attend dinner, please inform Bob Fraser at 703-624-3965 or via email at If you wish, please feel free to attend the talk without dinner. Non-members and guests are welcome. Please send changes of address or email to


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