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Firefighters find warm welcome in Lincoln

By: Brandon Darnell The News Messenger
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Lincoln Fire Station 34 hosted two bomberos – Mexican firefighters – as part of a training program that has been around for 40 years. The two men, Capt. Juan Carlos Marin Moreno, from Tangancicuaro, and Chief Antonio Trejo Gomez, from San Gabriel, were part of group of 25 men who came up for a week of training with Sacramento-area fire services and will return home to train their own colleagues in the techniques they learned here. Over the course of last week, they learned techniques for rescue, extrication and ladder truck operations, said Capt. Mark Macias of the Lincoln Fire Department. On Sept. 11, they were taken to the Capitol and observed the 9/11 memorial service. “The two guys we had were pretty grateful and respectful,” Macias said. “It’s a neat deal.” The language barrier didn’t prove to be too much of a problem, even though neither bombero speaks English. Macias said that between his Spanish and some of the other guys’ broken Spanish, there was “no real barrier.” Living at Station 34 for the week, the bomberos experienced life at an American fire station and rode along on calls. All of the funding for their stay came from donations, including bottled water from Nor-Cal Beverage Co. and financial donations from Addison Avenue Credit Union in Roseville, the Lincoln Area Firefighters’ Association and the Placer County Fire Chiefs’ Association.