About Baja California

Before becoming a state in 1953, the area was known as the North Territory of Baja California. It has an area of 70,113 km2 (27,071 sq mi), or 3.57% of the land mass of Mexico and comprises the northern half of the Baja California peninsula, north of the 28th parallel. The state is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by Sonora, the U.S. State of Arizona, and the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), and on the south by Baja California Sur. Its northern limit is the U.S. state of California.

The state has a population of 2,844,469 (2005 census), and estimated 3,165,776 (June 2009) much more than the sparsely populated Baja California Sur to the south, and similar to San Diego County, California on its north. Over 75% of the population lives in the capital city, Mexicali, in Ensenada, or in Tijuana. Other important cities include San Felipe, Rosarito and Tecate.

Baja California is where it all began, our visit to Tecate in 1999 started us on our path. We began working with the city of Tecate and the Bomberos from around the state. We have been working to bring agencies representing millions of citizens in the State together for more collaborative training and operations. Where borders were distinct and rarely crossed there is now more mutual assistance and development of resources. 

In 2009, we began working with the group Bomberos De San Diego, a group of San Diego Fire firefighters that work in the area doing similar work. We partnered to bring training to Tecate initially and eventually worked in Tijuana Bomberos and were able to organize regional training at both Tecate and Tijuana inviting bomberos from around the area. Today, being one of the largest Cities in Mexico,  we regularly rely on these Bomberos to assist us in our training.

Taking Advantage of Opportunities

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prop group day three

Baja mission last night in Roseburg Oregon, tomorrow we finish our mission when we arrive home in the afternoon.

While in Roseburg, we came across an opportunity to fill out a wishlist item. We found Porter Cable Sawsalls on sale and in oregon...

Arrive Sacramento

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last meal before home

Arrived in Sacramento last nite. We are going to hang here for a couple days to visit friends and coordinate a donation with the friends at Eldorado County fire in Placerville, Ca. on the way to lake Tahoe.

Thanks to everyone who followed us here...

Tecate Bound

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3.1 waiting for bomberos to cross border baja 2011

Man  California is a long state.   It’s road work season already, hitting every single roadwork project on the North I-5.

Hit central California and coordinated a pickup of  a donation out of Templeton Fire District located...

Baja 2012 Training Day Five

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training day two 5 2

Final day In Mexico found us with a good nite sleep after the end of the 4 days of training.  Tecate Fire members organized a lunch following a Windy Windy ceremony where we thanked everyone for their participation; Tecate gave out...

Baja 2012 Training Day Four

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rit pak review classroom day 4

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...

Baja 2012 Training Day Three

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training day three Tecate group

Bringing us up to date, Yesterday we spent a warm sunny training day on a hillside in Tecate. Not short of hillsides or rough terrain, we brought to the bomberos through equipment donations collected through the past couple years along with being...

Training Day One Successfull

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training day one field 1

Day One training in the bag, located in Tecate, at an abandoned industrial plant , basic engine ops, hose handling and evolution based progressive hose lays. Beautiful day, everyone present learned alot and had a great day.

After the long day...

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