Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The Cabo San Lucas Fire Department is a civil association that operates in large part from the donations of equipment, supplies, or money by noble and intelligent people wanting to invest in their security. This project was made a reality because of good, hard work and each person who contributed his or her own grain of sand.
The Cabo San Lucas Fire Department was founded in 1982, when a single citizen by the name of Gildardo Payan Azcarraga, hailing from the state of Sinaloa but adopted by these lands, became aware of the social necessities at that time. Among them was the need for a group of firemen to look after the security of the citizenship; armed with a pail with couple of radios, an old vehicle, the patio of a house as central, but most importantly loaded with enthusiasm, he founded what today you know as the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department.
The priority of the fire department is safeguarding the lives and goods of both locals and visitors who arrive at this tourist destination. We the firemen believe unquestionably in prevention through the education of the public; to prevent is to save lives and goods in advance.
At the moment the fire department is made up of 60 people, all of whom are highly qualified in the different types of emergencies known to happen in a beach area: pre-hospital emergency care, urban rescue, mountain rescue, self-driven rescue, and water rescue, as well as the prevention and combat of fires. Director Luís Bulnes Molleda and Fire Chief Juan Antonio Carbajal Figueroa have the principal concern of making sure their firefighters are prepared, and for that every year people are sent to take courses in the United States and San Luís Potosí, Mexico.
They also rely on the Colegio de Bomberos y Manejadores de Emergencia, which has graduated five generations of firefighters, and at the moment several of them are active members in this department.
This school is in the central fire department and offers training every Saturday. Future firemen learn from instructors who work in this department, or even sometimes from those who come from the United States.
At the moment the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department, to earn more resources, has training courses for companies, security inspections with technical assistance, T-shirts for sale in the official store of firemen located in the same central station, sale of trips of water through pipes, and the famous "bombertour," which is a fire truck with seats for tourists to go through town.