For 10 days, Scottsdale Fire Department is playing host to five firefighters from Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, in a Sister Cities exchange. From March 5-14, the Alamos firefighters are lodged in Scottsdale fire stations, living side by side with SFD personnel, participating in joint firefighting training exercises, and riding along with Scottsdale fire personnel during their daily duties.
This is the fourth “exchange” between the fire departments of the two cities in the past five years. It is the second visit by Alamos fire professionals to Scottsdale and there have been two recent visits by Scottsdale personnel to Alamos.
The Alamos personnel participating in this exchange are:
- Omar Gustavo Mendoza Zanudo, Director of Fire and Civil Protection
- Maria Luisa Dorantes Romero, Fire Commander
- Emmanuel Aviles Garcia, Captain,
- Miguel Angel Perez Gocobachi, Captain
- Aldo Martin Apodaca Pacheco, Line Firefighter
Alamos and Scottsdale have been sister cities since 1969. Scottsdale and Alamos were the first Arizona and Sonora cities to become sister cities. The relationship has been successful for nearly 50 years due to the active support and involvement of the mayors of the two cities.
According to Sister Cities, other exchanges with Alamos have included language training exchanges, high school student exchanges, medical cooperation, elementary school pen pal exchanges, and music (American Jazz) exchanges.