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.

Last full day in Tecate

on . Posted in Baja California

We got to sleep in today with an 08:30 wake up call. Breakfast at the Istancia Inn was once again like every other meal we have had, Perfecto.
Our day was reserved for shopping, and we have chosen to spend most of our money in Tecate...

Tecate 2009 Mission Day 6

on . Posted in Baja California

It’s been great having the other guys blog their experiences, but I wanted to put it out there that the Bomberos De Sandiego, lead by FF Marcelo De Casas who we worked with last year has done an outstanding job arranging, building, coordinating and...

Tecate 2009 Mission Day 6 Part II

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Hardly know where to start. This was quite a day. Scott stayed at the hotel today not feeling well. First the training for the day was organized and instructed by Bombero’s De San Diego and fellow firefighters from Chula Vista. Very impressive. They...

Tecate 2009 Mission Day 5

on . Posted in Baja California

Another fantastic day of training with the Bombero’s de Tecate. The sun was shining on us. High temp about 80F and no wind. Everyone was in their bunker gear with the exception of the instructors. Scott started the day with a couple of hours of...

Tecate 2009 Mission Day 3 & 4

on . Posted in Baja California

Sorry fior the delay in blogging but we finally made it to Mexico which presents a few challenges for blogging and internet access.  We had to change rooms to get it right.  So Day 2 ended in Bakersfield with dinner at Rusty’s Pizza...

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