Trucking Charity Donates to Urban Disaster Response Team

Trucking Charity Donates to City Catastrophe Response Workforce


Trucking Cares Basis executives (from left) John Lynch, Chris Spear and Phil Byrd current a donation to Virginia Activity Drive 1 to assists in its reduction efforts. (American Trucking Associations)

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The Trucking Cares Basis donated $25,000 to Virginia Activity Drive 1, a number one catastrophe response crew, American Trucking Associations’ charitable arm stated June 2.

Federation President Chris Spear, who’s vice chairman of the inspiration, stated throughout a go to to the duty pressure’s headquarters in Chantilly, Va., this donation was the primary to a search-and-rescue entity since TCF’s inception in 2018.

TCF President John Lynch added that the inspiration needed to be proactive quite than reactive with its funds. Not solely that, the donation goes to a corporation that is aware of what to do in a disaster, he stated.

Virginia Activity Drive 1 (VA-TF1) is a crew of emergency managers and planners, physicians and paramedics, and contains specialists within the fields of structural engineering, heavy rigging, collapse rescue, emergency drugs, logistics, hazardous supplies, communications, canine and technical search.

There are simply two accredited worldwide search-and-rescue groups within the U.S. The opposite is in Los Angeles. That accreditation is obtained by a aggressive course of.

The catastrophe response crew’s longest deployment was 30 days in Nepal in 2015 after an earthquake. Since then it has been deployed abroad thrice — for 2 earthquakes (Haiti in August 2021, Turkey in February 2023) and to the Bahamas in response to Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. VA-TF1 additionally has deployed domestically for seven hurricanes since 2015, together with Dorian.

VA-TF1 has 210 personnel. “We’ve accomplished every thing from dig folks out from buildings to transferring rest room paper,” Battalion Chief Jeff Lewis, city search-and-rescue program supervisor, stated through the occasion. Everybody who enters the general public security discipline desires to assist folks on the bottom from the second they arrive on the scene till the previous couple of seconds of their deployment, he added.

Globally, there are no less than 56 city search-and-rescue groups able to deploying groups, however solely three nations other than the U.S. have two groups with the same degree of capabilities to these provided by VA-TF1: China, Russia and Turkey, in keeping with the United Nations Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

 Truck Cares Basis Chairman Phil Byrd (left) with ATA President and TCF Vice Chairman Chris Spear. (Keiron Greenhalgh/Transport Matters)

VA-TF1 makes use of three tractor-trailers for storage in addition to its warehouse in Chantilly. Lt. Invoice Lamont, VA Activity Drive 1 warehouse supervisor, stated that every thing on the facility is able to go. There is no such thing as a overstock, he added, noting that the duty pressure nonetheless was addressing restocking wants after its Turkish deployment in February. VA-TF1 has a number of deployment fashions and was on the bottom inside 24 hours when Haiti required assist in 2021.

TCF Chairman Phil Byrd,  CEO of Bulldog Hiway Specific, stated through the go to that after February’s earthquake in Turkey, TCF noticed a necessity to reply. The duty pressure and the donation is about “good folks doing good issues, which is what trucking is all about,” stated Byrd. “When catastrophe strikes, trucking is there to ship.”

“The TCF contribution is meant to assist fund the acquisition of particular gear that falls outdoors regular funds appropriations,” Byrd stated in a TCF assertion. “The underside line is, if there may be any business that appreciates the necessity for particular gear, it’s the trucking business.”

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TCF focuses on a number of core areas, together with humanitarian and catastrophe reduction; eradicating human trafficking; management improvement; strengthening the business’s relationships with legislation enforcement, the army and veterans’ organizations; security and analysis alternatives.

On Might 12, the inspiration stated flatbed specialist Daseke grew to become the fifteenth member of the TCF Founders Membership.

“The trucking business does a lot for our nation and our economic system, and the Trucking Cares Basis embodies this spirit of service,” Daseke CEO Jonathan Shepko stated.

Bulldog Hiway Specific is a unit of Daseke Inc., which ranks No. 31 on the Transport Matters Prime 100 listing of the most important for-hire carriers in North America.

The Ruan Basis on Might 2 grew to become the 14th member of the Founders Membership, which is a category of donors consisting of people and companies which have dedicated to a $100,000 contribution over a 10-year interval. Ruan ranks No. 38 on the for-hire TT100.

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