The Costa Rican Fire Department celebrated on Sunday its 150th anniversary with an event at the Plaza de la Cultura in downtown San José.
Activities included a concert with the Costa Rican firefighters band, a performance by the New York City Fire Department Pipes and Drums, dance choreography from a group of firefighters and a giant cake to share with visitors.
The first two fire trucks used in Costa Rica also were on display.
“Being a firefighter is a passion,”said 10-year veteran Byron Morales from the Estación Central de Bomberos. “It’s something I always wanted to do.”
Ana Elena Warren, a volunteer firefighter from the Tibas Fire Station, said, “I come from a family of firefighters: Both my dad and my brother are firefighters, and I decided to become one, too.”