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Volunteer firefighter William Sierra carries fire hoses to be tested outside El Agustino 176 fire station in Lima, Peru. The country's underequipped first responders are unable to answer 40,000 emergency calls a year, or nearly a third of the annual pleas for help, because they are short of equipment, pumps and ambulances. (Associated Press)

Volunteer firefighter William Sierra carries fire hoses to be tested outside El Agustino 176 fire station in Lima, Peru. The country's underequipped first responders are unable to answer 40,000 emergency calls a year, or nearly a third of the annual pleas for help, because they are short of equipment, pumps and ambulances. (Associated Press)

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