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.

Mission Day 5

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I had a really good blog, already written and spell checked to transfer onto this blog but I forgot it at the room. Wednesday was a good day, in the am Scott led a New Vehicle PPT presentation and then we went out to the tarmack and showed the...

Mission Day 4 Part Deux

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No I didn´t forget Day three. We arrived in Tecate around 2000 and after quick intros, went to our hotels and to sleep after a strategy session. Our trip was uneventful unless you consider the flat, brown, dusty road between Sacramento and the LA...

Mission Day 2

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Arriving late Saturday after 22 hours on the road we had a great nite sleep at the Patty and Steve Marks Casa.

After a great breakfast we unhooked the trailer and emptied the truck and struck out to Mariposa county where Chief Phil Whitman was...

Mission Day 1

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After leaving around 0130 after some reloading and showers we hit the road. Snow flurries in Washington and then oregon, who would have thought. Travel went smoothly except for the trailer which we knew we would have to work with . Around sunday we...

Mission to Tecate Day 9

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After heading out from San Bernardino and a short stop in Pasedena and Bakersfield we made it through the mountains and the flatlands of central Ca. Arriving tonight late I wanted to blog before we collapse. We are planning on visiting several...

Mission to Tecate Day 8

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After a long drive yesterday from San Felipe we had a good dinner and a good rest. This morning we went to the Main Tecate fire station to say good by. As in the past, we loaded up a dozen oos air paks and 40 out of date air bottles along with...

Mission to Tecate Day 7

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Every day we are surprised and amazed at how extensive our fire and emergency services family is. We have settled in the city of San Felipe for some R and R and found an establishment that is proud to display hundreds of patches and decals from...

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