Indiana Task Force 1 returning home after 2 weeks helping with Surfside condo collapse

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Task Force 1 is coming home after spending the last two weeks helping search for victims of the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida.

The task force posted a video to Twitter Wednesday showing Miami-Dade Fire Rescue giving them a sendoff after “one of the most challenging deployments in the team’s history.”

“I’ve seen a lot of things in my days as a firefighter and a member of this team, however, in some of the other deployments we’ve been – this is a very unique one,” taskforce leader and IFD Battalion Chief Jay Settergren said last week.

In preparation for their return home, task force members were tested for COVID-19. Several tested positive and were isolated from the rest of the group. They are being transported home in a rented mini-van. Members will be tested again when they return to Indianapolis.

The group will make two overnight stops along the way before their final stretch into Indianapolis. The group of emergency responders is expected home on Friday.

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