Honduran, U.S. volunteers conduct underground search and rescue training
Honduran PUMCIR (Personal Utilizado en Misiones Contra Incendio y Rescate – Personnel Used in Fire and Rescue) volunteers and U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo, including firefighters and Personnel Recovery Coordination Cell members, led by Herberth Gaekel, 612th Air Base Squadron Fire Department liaison at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, and PUMCIR founder and instructor, pose for a photo after completing cave extraction search and rescue training in Comayagua National Park near El Volcan, Honduras, Sept. 24, 2016. Gaekel, who has been a key factor in the success of CENTAM SMOKE (Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience), a bi-annual exercise for Bomberos held at Soto Cano, has invited U.S. service members to join in the PUMCIR training for the past ten years in order to provide them an opportunity to share with and learn from their Honduran counterparts as well as to encourage positive relationship building between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)