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Indiana's Task Force One Is Headed For Puerto Rico

Indiana's FEMA Search and Rescue team is Puerto Rico bound as Hurricane Maria devastates the U.S. Territory

INDIANAPOLIS -- Specialized first responders from Indiana's Task Force One are packing up to head to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria battered the island. 

Over two dozen members of the task force team will be responsible for searching areas destroyed by the Category 4 hurricane. The full team is made up of more than 80 people, but only a smaller team was requested by FEMA to respond.

The 27 task force team members will be flying out to the island on Thursday and Friday, and are bringing specialized fly packs full of search and rescue equipment, water, food and communications gear. 

Indiana Task Force One is one of 28 FEMA Search and Rescue teams stationed across the country, called in to help local and state first responders after a disaster strikes.

The teams are made up of local firefighters, police officers and civilians. 

(PHOTO: RTV6)

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