FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ref. No. 046
Date: July 6, 2019
Press Release – Belgium Firefighters Visit PFPD
Pagosa Fire Protection District was pleased to have recently hosted a group of firefighters from Beaumont, Belgium. The firefighter exchange program occurs every five years. In 2020, a group of firefighters from PFPD will venture to Belgium to gain knowledge of the fire service in Europe.
The group of Belgium firefighters, and their families, visited Pagosa Springs from June 30th through July 5th. During their visit, they participated in a welcome dinner of American style BBQ, fire apparatus familiarization, a wildland fire class, white water rafting, watched the Red Ryder Rodeo, rode in the 4th of July parade and watched the fireworks display.
PFPD presented the group with a traditional American style structure fire helmet, signed by members of the department. In a return gesture of friendship, the Belgium firefighters presented a plaque, made from Belgium Oak, depicting a European style helmet and tools.
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Approved: Randy Larson