Mi Mexico Monday: What My Town is Missing

For Mi Mexico Monday, I usually share my favorite places in town, showing you the best of what my town has to offer.  But this week, I'm going to do things a little differently...I'm going to tell you about one thing my town doesn't have.

When I first moved to Mexico, I could not get over the fact that our small town lacked something so vital and important to any city or town, no matter how small.

Are you sitting down?  I sure hope you are because what I am about to tell you is going to come as quite a shock, especially to my friends that live NOB (North of the border). 

My town doesn't have a fire department.

A FIRE DEPARTMENT!!!  

No fire stations.  No firetrucks.  No firemen or women.  

I once asked why we don't have a fire department and was told that it's because the houses here are made of brick and cement, as opposed to the houses in the U.S. that are made of wood and other highly flammable materials.  Brick houses don't burn.  No need for a fire department.


Well, after the most recent fire, which was the 6th or 7th in the ten years that I've lived here, I'd say that theory went up in smoke. 


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13 comments

  1. Wow! ya know, i never thought of that when I was in Mexico. I'll have to ask my husband if they have a fire department. LOL

    Great post... it made me giggle. Was not expecting the part about the theory going up in smoke!

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  2. mexicantrailrunnerMay 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Really? Do you have a Cruz Roja? How far away are the closest bomberos? Judging from that recent fire in your picture - TOO far!

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  3. Yeah... I'd say it's about time. As evidenced in the photo, concrete may not catch fire, but cars sure do.


    We have a fire dept in Cancun, but I've never seen them out and about.

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  4. Yikes! Cuidado ... I'd keep a couple of fire extinguishers nearby just to be safe.

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  5. Most larger towns and cities in Mexico have fire departments. But our town is still too small to have one. And I liked that last line too. I was ROFL as I wrote it. :)

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  6. REALLY!!! We do have a Cruz Roja, but they just made sure everybody was at a safe distance. The nearest bomberos are an hour away. Most people in town thought that they'd show up. The blaze lasted a little over 3 hours and they never arrived. Very sad.

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  7. If you click on the photo, you will see that there is also a motorcycle in between the two cars that burned to crisp.

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  8. Yikes indeed! Apparently the fire was caused by a short circuit, so now I have something new to worry about at night. :P

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  9. mexicantrailrunnerMay 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Probably wouldn't have mattered anyway. Sad tho, looks like those folks lost everything they had.

    A couple of years ago neighborhood kids set fire to the vacant lot next to me, flames came within 25 feet of my rooftop gas tank. Called the bomberos, their least leaky hose was about 10 meters too short. . .who put the fire out? The kids who started it by squeezing between the walls with little plastic buckets of water. ;)

    Friends of mine on the south shore awoke to a fire in the chandelier over the dining room table. Javier put it out by shaking a liter of coke and spraying it up at the fire. Only in Mexico, huh?.

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  10. I was just thinking that- about the short circuits and faulty wiring that seems to be rampant where I go in Mexico. I always see loose wires hanging out of ceilings and people trying to get "free" electricity and how people overload the electric outlets with items. I guess if I ever do move there I will have to make sure we have some good fire detectors AND some fire extinguishers. :)

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  11. no fire department?!? i hope you at least have a police department. :)

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  12. Hope no one was hurt! ... Yes, I noticed when we were in El Salvador that there weren't ambulances. I don't know if they don't have any at all, or if things have changed since I've been - but they used to just toss wounded people into the bed of a pick-up truck and drive as fast as they could to the hospital.

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  13. When I first moved to Vallarta, they didn't have a fire department either. For the same reason you said, the construction material.  But in Vallarta we had a lot of "palapas" that would catch on fire and gas tanks exploding. Let me tell you that my father became pretty upset when he found out because he's a retired fire chief.  So he got in touch with fire departments throughout California and started asking for donations.  He rounded up everything that possibly could be needed to to start a fire station including a fire truck.  I made the necessary connections with City Hall and everything fell into place.  My father even found volunteers to come down and train the brave young men. It felt really good to bring something so important and needed to a town that I loved so much!  

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