The Valley Hispanic Bomberos have been mentoring aspiring firefighters for decades. Now that those volunteers are on Valley firefighter crews, they're carrying on the legacy.
From outreach to training programs, the Bomberos are connecting with Spanish-dominant neighborhoods to get teens involved. They've partnered with Franklin Police and Fire High School in Phoenix to put on workouts for aspiring recruits. "We're a small organization, but our bread and butter is mentorship and community involvement,” said Phoenix Fire Captain Greg Morales who volunteers with the Bomberos.
Capt. Morales got his start with the organization.
"They helped me and guided me to do all the things that I needed to do to get hired," he recalled.