Belgium Firefighters Visit PFPD

Posted on 09-07-2019 , by: PFPD , in , 0 Comments

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

Fire Chief