Three Firefighters Crossing Borders instructors from the Seattle area visited the city of Tulum Bomberos on a first mission this month.
The trip’s focus was to perform a needs assessment, determining how best our organization can assist the Bomberos Tulum. FFCB instructors Moi Castellon and Dave Stevens were joined by Regon 2 representative Jordan Pollack. The three met with key public and private sector officials, identifying needs and objectives, while orienting to the department and area.
After discussions with the commandant and other key members of the organization, Jordan completed a report which included recommendations for stations, vehicles, equipment, and training. Moi and Dave conducted a one day automobile extrication training for the 21 members of Bomberos Tulum, joined by a couple local USAR team members as well.
Bomberos Tulum is a small organization with one very clean and well organized newer station, built within the past two years. They are staffed daily with 8-10 members, responding to approximately one motor vehicle accident weekly, the occasional rope rescue incident, and 12-15 fire incidents annually.
With Tulum’s large tourism industry, this small department will most likely see a drastic increase in call volume over the next five years. Beaches, archeological sites, and (jungle holes) are primary attractions, bringing thousands of visitors to the area annually.
Currently they have a fleet of two water tenders, one 55 foot telesquirt/engine, and one two wheel drive pickup truck which they utilize as a rescue squad.
FFCB will be supporting Bomberos Tulum with an initial report on recommendations, surplus equipment, training, and possibly vehicle procurement over the next few years. Moi and Dave will be taking the lead, bringing instructors from Snohomish County Fire District 1 (WA) when needed to support training.
There is very good support from key individuals involved with local hotel association and tourism industry who are passionate about ensuring the safety of both their community and visitors. The department is not currently working actively with any similar organizations, so with the blessings of the fire chief FFCB will be assuming a primary support role.
We look forward to continued development of our new relationship with Bomberos Tulum and the many local partners who are committed to supporting these dedicated individuals.