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.

Meeting in Tecate goes well

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Joel recently visited the Bomberos in Tecate in preparation for our 2010 mission. We talked about the department assigning a liaison who will be there no matter what and the chief assigned long time member and interpreter Captain Martin Tovar aka...

Everyone is Back Home

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We arrived in Tacoma about 1430 this afternoon and dropped off Scott at home. What service!! Mark, Greg and Joel headed to Gig Harbor station 51 to get Greg to his truck and off we went.

We are already working toward our next mission to Baja and...

R&R in Sacramento

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We have been spending the last three days with our good friends and FFCB members, Steve and Patty Marks. Steve works as a Captain/PM for Emeryville FD and allows us to use his house as a stop over on our way to and from Mexico.

We know that its 16...

Almost Home

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A long day of driving. Left Sacramento this AM and made it to Salem 534 miles later. Here we are unloading all of the equipment that we have been picking up along the way. This equipment is destined for Culiacan Mexico. Scott at Staton Fire Station...

Never a Dull Moment

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You ever have a busy day where you accomplished a lot, or finished a project, stepping back and realizing that all that work went into that and you feel you accomplished something? I think we are all feeling that as we drive back home and the things...

Widdy Widdy before leaving Tecate

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Continuing our whirl wind mission, yesterday (Sunday March 29) we had our last Tecate breakfast at the el Mejor (www.elmejor.com) panaderia (bakery). Before hooking up the trailer we went to the first Tecate  firefighter academy which started...

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