Look at the antiquated equipment these firefighters have; no nomex hoods, SCBAs or protective gloves. Sometimes I think about the competency and adequacy of U.S. volunteer fire departments, then I see images like this and realize how well-equipped they are in comparison.
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Firemen battle to control a fire as it engulfs a residential area in Makati City, suburban Manila, on Dec. 23. The fire gutted around 700 houses, affecting some 3000 families.