USA/Mexico — 10 Mexican firefighters are at Bemidji State University this week to train with the Minnesota DNR on wildland firefighting.
The Mexican firefighters learned about the course on the internet. The 10 men are from Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos, Mexico — a sister city to Minneapolis.
“The Mexicans are faced with wildland urban interface just like we have here,” said BJ Glesener, DNR FireWise communities specialist, who is coordinating the course.
The classes are held annually throughout the state to train new wildland firefighters. The course covers fire behavior, weather, tools used in wildland firefighting, pump operation and radio communications. There is also be a field exercise for practical applications of classroom concepts.
U.S wildland firefighters are often called on to help with firefighting in other parts of the world.