• The total amounts to 210, the biggest deployment ever of firefighters abroad. 

A team of 102 Mexican firefighters will travel to Canada on the 10th of August to join the already deployed firefighters in their fight against wildfires in the British Columbia province.

This team will join the 108 firefighters that travelled to Canada on the 2nd of August. In total there will be 210 Mexican firefighters deployed in Canada, the  biggest deployment  ever of Mexican firefighters abroad. 


This new team in made up of 45 members of the Mexican National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and 57 staff  from the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development of Jalisco.   

The firefighters of this new team come from 10 states of the country: Jalisco, Durango, Guerrero, Michoacán, Yucatán, Veracruz, Nayarit, Tlaxcala, Puebla and Sinaloa.

Since last Monday, the firefighters have been preparing physically, carrying out medical tests and awaiting instructions at the national headquarters of CONAFOR.


Three of the initial brigades that travelled to the British Columbia are deployed in Williams Lake at the Central Cariboo Complex camp, the remaining two brigades are in Quesnel, helping in the identification and extiction of hot spots, routing and the use of bombs motobombs Mark III.

The current wildfires in the British Columbia have affected 491, 780 hectares of land. Canada has received support from Australia and Mexico. 

The exchange of resources between Canada and Mexico was negotiated in January 2016, when a Memorandum of  Understanding for the Exchange of Wildfire Management Resources  was signed. 

In June 2016, 42 firefighters were sent to fight wildfires in Alberta, Canada, and in January this year, 58 firefighters helped Chile for 20 working days in similar tasks.