Take a look at the multi-national firefighting exercise in Central America

From April 18 to April 22 the US’s Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras hosted a massive multi-national firefighter training exercise.

CENTAM SMOKE 2016 hosted 34 firefighters from seven Central American nations and the US. The purpose of the exercise was to better promote regional cooperation while improving collective capabilities, training, and overall firefighting abilities.

And CENTAM SMOKE has already had beneficial results. On March 30, Joint Task Force-Bravo helped Honduran firefighting forces battle a shifting and wildly spreading wildfire.

You can see photos from CENTAM SMOKE below.


Firefighters from seven Central American nations participate in live-fire training, one of many exercises the 34 participants experienced during a week-long iteration of CENTAM SMOKE (Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience) at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, April 20, 2016. The firefighters came from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

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US Air Force/Capt. David Liapis

US Air Force Senior Airman Logan Brouse, 612th Air Base Squadron fire protection specialist, demonstrates the use of a fire hose while training firefighters from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize during CENTAM SMOKE.

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US Army/Martin Chahin

Honduran firefighter Jorge Betanco and Guatemalan Humanitarian Rescue Unit member Erick Osorio member hand off during a relay race during CENTAM SMOKE.

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Honduran firefighter Jorge Betanco strikes a Keiser Sled metal with a sledgehammer during a relay race against 612th Air Base Squadron fire crews during CENTAM SMOKE.

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US Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert Verity, 612th Air Base Squadron fire protection specialist, strikes a Keiser Sled with a sledgehammer during a competition with firefighters from Central American nations during a CENTAM SMOKE.

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US Air Force Staff Sgt Christopher Gonzales, 612th Air Base Squadron firefighter crew chief, demonstrates a proper hose carry to 34 firefighters from seven Central American countries during a CENTAM SMOKE.

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Firefighters from some of the seven Central American nations participate in live-fire training, one of many exercises the 34 participants experienced during a week-long iteration of CENTAM SMOKE.

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US Army/Martin Chahin

Costa Rican firefighter Antonio Perez (left) and Panamanian firefighter Katheryn Bravo complete an obstacle climb, one of the many challenges faced during CENTAM SMOKE.

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US Army/Martin Chahin