LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Indiana Task Force One has returned from Surfside Florida. One of the firefighters who served on the team is Lafayette Fire Captain Toby Frost. Captain Frost has been on Indiana Task Force 1 for 8 years. During that time he has responded to numerous hurricanes throughout the country but never a building collapse of that magnitude. He says it's one of the most exhausting missions he's ever served on and one he will remember for the rest of his life.
"From one side of the pile to the other you couldn't even see over it," said Captain Frost. "To think that was a 13 story building that was now a pile of rubble was really something to see. It was a lot of devastation."
Captain Frost says they worked close to 18 hours every day they were there. When they were responding there was also a hurricane passing through Florida which he said made the mission that much harder.
"In our FEMA system, we have not seen anything like this since the towers collapsed on 9-11 so it's been over 20 years since we've had an incident of this magnitude," said Captain Frost.
Task Force 1 was one of five FEMA teams on the ground assisting local first responders. The collapse killed at least 97 people.