On September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by terrorist. Many Americans lost their lives during these attacks. Many Firefighters, Policeman and EMS Personnel lost their lives while trying to save others. The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) lost over 300 of their own personnel including most of their command staff. At 11:00 am on September 11, 2001 California Task Force 3 (CATF-3) was put on alert. Preparations began for their eventual September 18 activation.
Since September 11, 2001, CA-TF3 as a team has been deployed twice to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ernesto. Members of CATF-3 have been deployed on the Incident management team to Hurricanes Charlie, Francis, Ivan, Dennis, Space Shuttle Recovery and the Greensburg Kansas Tornado.
Hurricane Katrina was one of this nation's largest and most devastating disasters. CA-TF3 sent an 80 person type one team, a 15 person swift water rescue team and 6 Incident Support Team (IST) personnel. Members were deployed for up to 21 days. Some members of the IST were in position three days prior to the storm making land fall.
CA-TF3 has a website that has some information about where other teams are located and training information. Please click here to visit their site.