Training at the Baja Protection Civil facility felt a lot like home, with Washington like weather Marcelo DeCasas and fellow Bomberos De Sandiego member Oscar Saucedo lead the days training for over 35 firefighters from Tecate and Tijuana fire departments.
The topics today centered around Rit (Rapid Intervention Team) deployments and techniques which included Firefighter rescue techniques, self rescue, search, forcible entry and drags and carries. Assisted by a few trainers from TJ, Live situations were created and teams of Bomberos were placed in fairly realistic scenarios. All were tired when the day ended.
These 4 days of training took a lot of work to put on. From inception to development to making it happen we would like to give a special thanks to the two organizations that without participation this would not have happened. Thanks to Tijuana Fire Department for their support of logistics, arranging the facility for the second two days and the equipment and the selfless attitude of the instructors that came with this equipment. To Tecate Fire Department for their site development, support and logistics for the first two days in Tecate. To Fire Chief Cesar Vitale who recognized that it was important to host the TJ Bomberos who attended day one, and the importance of getting his firefighters to Tijuana days three and four. The training they received will inevitably help them and the Bomberos they work with every day.
Thank you to all those friends following us on face book, and our website. Special thanks to Mama Booth for the shout outs!
One more day in Tecate to finish the mission, evaluate the work and begin preparations for the next. We recognize that we can make more impact with more frequent visits and will be looking for ways to make that happen. With the partnership developed with Bomberos De San Diego some 5 years ago, we have seen some great improvements and look forward to many more.
Not over, we still may see more interesting stuff as Joel and Scott prepare for the return home. We have a few scheduled stops enroute home to pick up donations and visit old friends. Update to follow.