Archived News Release from 2010
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Hosting Two Firefighters from Michoacán Mexico as Part of “Bomberos 2010” Training Program
Redwood City, CA - September 29, 2010 -
During the week of October 3rd, the Redwood City Fire Department will be hosting two firefighters from Michoacán, Mexico, who will receive a one-week training program in fire service in San Jose and Santa Clara. This training is provided through the international Bombero Program, which this year brings 22 bomberos (firefighters) from South America and Mexico, to northern California as part of an effort to promote international firefighter cooperation, and to share and train in best practices and skills.
The important training that the bomberos will receive includes Incident Command System, Vehicle Extrication Operations, Disaster Preparedness, and Firefighter Survival Operations. As they return to their home fire departments, their training will be put to great use in helping their own communities during fires or other life-threatening incidents.
The two bomberos will be staying at Fire Station #11 in Redwood City, and station staff will provide them with transportation to and from the training sessions. Redwood City firefighters may also assist in conducting some of the training. Sponsorship for bringing the firefighters to Redwood City is provided by the Redwood City Firefighters Association, and Alpio Barbara of Redwood General Tire in Redwood City.
The goal of the Bombero Program is to promote fellowship within the International Fire Service and to give the firefighters ideas, skills, and ways to strengthen fire service in their communities. Each participating department sends two Bomberos to the United States for training.
The trainings are a joint effort among fire departments within the region, with each participating department providing personnel for training and/or equipment needed for training. Each Bombero will receive a certificate of participation for participating and successfully completing the program.
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Captain Ernesto Gomez
Redwood City Fire Department