The Border Agency Fire Council (BAFC) is an organization that is comprised of 29 United States and Mexican governmental agencies and organizations that represent fire protection and law enforcement professionals, emergency responders, natural resource managers, elected officials, and consular representatives in the binational area. The BAFC was formed in 1996 to help save lives, to protect property, and to protect sensitive habitat along the U.S./Mexico international border.
The major goals of BAFC are to:
Establish and maintain relationships with U.S. and Mexican government agencies.
Strengthen awareness and cooperation on preserving biodiversity.
Continue effective fire prevention, suppression, and emergency response.
Through collaborative efforts the BAFC has ensured better access to the wild land along the border for emergency responders. Threatened and endangered species and their habitats are now better protected because of the partnership. Member agencies have enhanced communication among responders on both sides of the border, as well as helped educate people in both countries with fire safety messages.
An unprecedented binational mutual assistance plan is thriving because of this program. This important plan established dispatching and resource utilization procedures that enable participating agencies to work cooperatively to suppress fires and take appropriate actions on emergency situations on the border.