GMR Sets Off For its 54th Mission

GMR sends 5 volunteers to Lima, Peru

Volunteers Carly Shears and Tom Henke preparing to teach Rope Rescue in Lima, Peru. Photo Credit: Carly Shears via Instagram.

In May of 2018, volunteers with be headed to Lima, Peru, South America to teach Basic Rope Rescue Techniques. Let by Global Mission Readiness and Albany Fire Department Firefighter Carly Shears, this will be GMR’s 7th time to Lima. However, this will be the first time training with Proteccion Civil Internacional (PCI).  Shears will be joined by fellow Albany Fire members Shannon Baker, Tom Henke, Tim Verdun, and Michael Hurley. Baker and Henke have traveled to Africa with GMR in the past. This is Verdun and Hurley’s first time traveling with GMR.

Like with most GMR missions, Train-the-Trainer format will be used. The team has asked to gather responders from different agencies all over the region to train with. While differing skill levels are always present, basic information is presented then built upon. Getting agencies together from around the region also builds stronger relational bonds while working together to increase public safety. Ultimately, the goal is to save more lives and equip more responders.

PCI training with GMR in April of 2012 in USAR. Photo Credit: Alberto Ceceras via Facebook.

To learn more about this trip and follow along, Follow GMR on Facebook and Instagram where trip updates will be posted. You can also donate to this trip by going to the DONATE tab and selecting PERU.