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Syrian White Helmets (CERT) Teams Saving Lives

posted Aug 22, 2016, 6:50 PM by MPFPD Community Emergency Response Team   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 7:02 PM ]
From PBS comes this report on what appears to be a Syrian version of CERT. They're officially the "Syrian Civil Defense" but are informally known as "white helmets" for the distinctive protective helmets. 

All are civilian volunteers who respond to emergencies - most frequently bombings - to perform search and rescue, render first aid, and all-too-often unearth the dead.

As with many things in a war zone, there are conflicting reports about the White Helmets and whether they are a neutral or political organization, the source of their funding, and motivations of their founders. The footage from PBS shows their response to several bombings and rescue of victims from rubble.