VIDEO: When the bombs rain down, the White Helmets rush in

The Syrian Civil Defence, as known as the 'White Helmets,' say they've rescued more than 62,000 people

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence rescue children after what activists report was an air strike by pro-government forces in Aleppo in June 2014 (Reuters)
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Friday 7 October 2016 19:56 UTC

Operating in the 'most dangerous place in the world,' the Syrian Civil Defence, more commonly known as the 'White Helmets,' say they've rescued more than 62,000 people since their inception in late 2012. 

The group was first born when civilian volunteers established first-responder centres in opposition-controlled areas in Syria, including Aleppo, with the aim of providing a coordinated search-and-rescue response to Syrians under pro-government attack.

Bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters, students and others came together for a common mission: to save the maximum number of people