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Honduran, U.S. volunteers conduct underground search and rescue training
Herberth Gaekel, 612th Air Base Squadron Fire Department liaison at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, and PUMCIR (Personal Utilizado en Misiones Contra Incendio y Rescate – Personnel Used in Fire and Rescue) founder and instructor, pauses during a hike in Comayagua National Park near El Volcan, Honduras, Sept. 24, 2016, to explain to U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo how he decided to form the volunteer organization in 1994 after learning of a tragic story involving the loss of life that might have been prevented had there been search and rescue capabilities in that area. Since then, Gaekel has led and funded the training of more than 750 PUMCIR volunteers from all over Honduras and has responded to more than a hundred calls for assistance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)