Firefighter from Mexico trains with hotshot crew

Mexican firefighter Fulton Hotshots
A firefighter from the National Forestry Commission of Mexico trains with the Fulton Hotshots. Screenshot from the video below.

This video features a firefighter with the National Forestry Commission of Mexico (CONAFOR), Fernando Navarro Jiménez, who for several months joined the U.S. Forest Service’s Fulton Hotshots on the Sequoia National Forest in California. It shows the impact of the experience on him and CONAFOR as well as the cooperation between the U.S. Agency for International Development, the USFS, and Mexico.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Firefighter from Mexico trains with hotshot crew”

  1. I remember Mexican firefighters at the Cleveland NF fire school at Camp Pendleton. The ties may go back even further. Outstanding opportunity.

    1. Right. In the 1980s Steve Gallegos, the Cleveland’s staff Fire Management Officer, did a lot to promote what we called the bombero (firefighter) program, cooperating across the border and helping firefighters in Mexico to acquire gear and equipment that was surplus in the U.S.


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