Puerto Vallarta First Municipality in Mexico with Certified 'Bomb Squad' Firefighters
Firefighters from Puerto Vallarta traveled to San Diego, California to receive certification that accredits technical research in fire and explosives, successfully completing the training and courses.
The deputy director of the Municipal Coordination of Civil Protection and Fire Puerto Vallarta, Sergio Ramirez, said the training was the result of a request by the municipal government, headed by Javier Pelayo Mendez, to the embassy of the United States in our country. It is the first municipality nationwide participating with fire in this type of training.
In the exercise involving 11 firefighters from Vallarta, along with officials from the Ministry of the Navy, Ministry of National Defense, Federal Police and the Attorney General of Justice of the entire Republic, the 40 hour course was completed.
The training camp was at the Fire Department of the City of San Diego and the topics discussed were: explosion and arson, explosives and research, the origin and cause fire and explosives safety, trauma medicine, FDI and incendiary devices, evidence collection and preservation techniques, research analysis and reconstruction, and practical exercises; all taught by special agents from ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) of the Department of Justice, Government of the United States and the Fire Department of San Diego.
Sergio Ramirez Lopez mentioned that this type of training is essential for the control and monitoring of fires that occur in the city.
"We will now have the ability to respond to emergencies and we can develop public policies to assist in fire prevention, and strengthen the training of the population and improve our practices in firefighting," he said.
Translated and edited by Team Angels
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