WUSA9 takes you behind the scenes with Va. Task Force 1

PERRY, Ga. (WUSA9) -- They are fearless in Fairfax. All this week, WUSA9 is embedded with Virginia Task Force 1, one of the most elite urban search and rescue teams in the world.

The force is undergoing an unprecedented bootcamp at Guardian Centers in Perry, Georgia so realistic, it is dangerous.

Debra Alfarone and photojournalist Kurt Brooks are there with hard hats on.

A 3:00 a.m. mission wakes VA-TF1's blue team. They make their plan inside their 'BOO'which stands for "base of operations." The drill: an earthquake has struck. People are trapped in a building. It's dark, in the middle of the night.

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The six people and one dog that make up this team know the hazards of a situation like this. With glowsticks on their helmets to make them easier to see, they approach their target.

The only light, at times, an electrical fire sparking in the distance.

Even at 4:00 a.m., there are live victims who are volunteers, plus mannequins. How many? They keep looking until they are done.

They wade through rubble amidst unstable slabs of concrete, all while people could hang close to death.

This exercise is important to the team, and it is scheduled to last 12 hours.

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