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Mexico Sends Team Of Firefighters To Help Put Out Oregon Fires

Culture & Community By O. DELGADO
Mexico Sends Team Of Firefighters To Help Put Out Oregon Fires

When Mexico sends its people, they send their best.

A specialized crew of Mexican firefighters and their city mayor have just landed in Oregon to help battle the region's deadly fires.

Early Thursday morning, Guanajuato Mayor Alejandro Navarro and a volunteer team of the capital city's elite firefighters reported to officials in Ashland, Oregon to help fight the forest fires that have already left 800 miles of the state completely destroyed.

The fierce blazes have forced over 500,000 people in the state to evacuate, many of them now homeless. At least twenty people have died throughout the region.



Ashland and Guanajuato have long been sister cities. For over fifty years, they have shared educational programs, students, art, culture, and mutual aid.

So, when Ashland and its state were in their hour of need, Guanajuato answered the call. 

The commandant of the Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios de Guanajato assures El Universal that his team has received extensive training in fighting wildfires, some of it here in the U.S.


Posted by Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios de Guanajuato, Gto., A.C. on Friday, September 11, 2020


"Los habitantes de Ashland seguramente hubieran hecho lo mismo por nosotros y por eso vamos con muchas ganas/The inhabitants of Ashland would surely have done the same for us and that is why we are eager to do so," said Navarro. 

"Porque en Guanajuato Capital hay fibra, hay talento, hay capacidad/because in Guanajuato Capital there is backbone, there is talent, there is skill."

Nothing but respect for these brave Mexicanos and our own West Coast firefighters, putting their lives on the line to keep us safe. Suerte! 

Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to wildfire relief.


Reporting by Olivia Cristina Delgado
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Twitter: @olivdelgadodice


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