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.

Arrived in Tecate Safely

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Day Two  ended up with us arriving at Sacramento, CA.  A friend and supporter has been sponsoring our visits since we began in 2000. Running behind we arrived, cleaned up and went to bed leaving at 0600 for Tecate.

At 1800, we entered...

Baja 2001 Day 6 Training Day 3

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Posting a day late. Training day three was phenominal. Putting everything together we utilized the acquired structure for evolutions and proceeded to run the crews through several different scenerios using the train like play philosophy. Imagining a...

Baja 2011 Day 5 Training Day Two

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Continuing the hose evolution training from yesterday, over 90 Bomberos from Tecate, Tijuana and San Louis Rey Colorado near Yuma Az participated in search and rescue evolutions. Following the format established by Bomberos De San Diego, Groups were...

Baja 2011 Day 4 Training Day One

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Marathon Day, Two Training topics at 2 locations.

Aaron Miranda  from Poway Fire, and Antonio from Cruz Roja,  Joel and Scott from Gig harbor Fire and FFCB worked with over  60 bomberos on Vehicle Extrication. We brought two Hurst...

Day Three Baja 2011

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Day three of our mission started with shift change at Station 29 San diego fire. After saying our thanks for the hospitality and a cup of firehouse coffee off we went to a relaxing breakfast and computer catch up. Scott has been loading pictures on...

Day Two Baja 2011

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We arrived in San diego around 1600 a smooth drive from Sacramento. Our brothers in the Bomberos De San Diego and the San diego fire came through and we were allowed to crash at Station 29 San Ysidro, the Jesters.......  thanks to the A Watch...

Baja 2010

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Baja Mission 2010 Update

After Joel and Marcelo with Oscar from Bomberos De San Diego visited Tecate earlier this month, the board has decided to postpone our regular mission usually scheduled for March/April to Late May/June as a result...

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