Posting a day late. Training day three was phenominal. Putting everything together we utilized the acquired structure for evolutions and proceeded to run the crews through several different scenerios using the train like play philosophy. Imagining a fire or rescue only goes so far. Marcelo and the other Bomberos De San diego, Omar and Arlo planned and coordinated the day. Aaron from Poway fd along with Blue and Jaime from Tijuana Fire, and adding Rich from Santee fire presented in addition to the evolution,s the primer for a regional Engineer training course. Called Mechaquista, the engineer position is a revered seat on the engine much like in the US. With alot of responsibility, they are hungry for a structured and standardized training program.
Marcelo has been asked by tijuana fire to help create a standardized training and Tecate is eager to be involved so we will see more of the same in the future.
The evolutions involved search, quick attacks, back up lines and exposure protection. Using blacked out masks , burning hay, darkness and an actual propane prop we presented as real a scenerio as possible. In 26 years it is probably as real as you can make it. Hats off to the bomberos of Tecate who took Marcelos vision and made it happen.
Whats next, well leadership is a priority now. Bomberos de San diego and our other brothers who participated will be back to follow up what we have started and continued.
After the completion of training we retired to the Station for a awsome carne asada BBQ. In a relaxed setting we recounted the previous days and made and renewed friendships. We have been coming for the past 11 years have seen many bomberos come and go in Tecate. We remember training past and look to the future with great anticipation. After having our fill, the bomberos presented all who participated with thanks and plaques and certificates of appreciation for their efforts. Recognizing that every firefighter from the US who came down to train and better the lives of the baja bomberos, were doing so on their own time and many using their own vacation time.
After the Widi Widi, which the bomberos call ceremony, we gladly retired to finally get some rest. After three days of early days and late nites we could now recoup. The following day everyone with the exception of Joel and Scott will be back in their homes and departments telling their co workers of the great time had and hopefully recruit future instructors.