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 to Tecate Days 5 & 6

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I am writing on computer in Ensenada, BC having left Tecate very early. Yesterday was Labor day all accross mexico and no computers were available. I wanted to quickly update everyone.

Yesterday we spent the whole day with training and extrication...

Mission to Tecate Day 4

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At 1000 monday the 30th the city officials arrived to view the equipment that we brought from our several department donors. After taking the year to sift through the donations we only bring the equipment that is safe and able to be placed into...

Mission to Tecate Day 3

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We entered Mexico at 0930 Sunday morning. Marcos, the new chief of the Tecate Bomberos met us at the border with Retired captain Franco Soliz, the Firefighters Crossing Borders.org representative in Mexico and several other officers. Inspection was...

Mission to Tecate Day 2

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Today started early for another long day on the road.  First stop, the local coffee shop.  Our next scheduled stop was Bakersfield to visit Tyson’s family.  We actually received an unexpected donation for the Cruz Roja Mexicana from...

Mission to Tecate Day 1

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Our day began at 0300 Friday morning and by 0500 we were packed and on the road. Awesome Weather and good music made the 16 hour trip safe and successful. Some small challenges awaited us and of course fuel prices that shocked us every time we...

Final Preparations for Tecate

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Our members up here in Washington are working hard to finalize plans for our mission leaving April 28. We will be blogging our way to Mexico and beyond so everyone can hear how it’s going. Our friends in Tecate are ready for us and we are excited...

Fire Engine Bound for Tecate

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Captain Franco called me today to inform me that the two engines picked up from Turlock FD, CA. have arrived at the border. After the proper paperwork, they will be brought into the country and placed into service. We hope to drill with them when we...

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