LatinaLista — Volunteer firefighters are the backbone of any small community fortunate enough to have them. In the small town of Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, on the border with Brazil and Paraguay, there are a group of volunteer firefighters who follow a simple motto: “Nobody obliges us, but the pain of others.”
The phrase is written in red on the wall of the building that has served as their firehouse and command center since the 1980s when the Iguazú firehouse was created and first staffed 24/7 by volunteer men and women who are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, workers — and firefighters.
Though their stories aren’t unique, it’s their individual experiences that set them apart and are the focus of a documentary titled Bomberos.
“These are men and women who have regular jobs to support their families, but who respond to the call of duty 24/7, who treasure camaraderie and honor more than any other reward, and who, despite the limited means available to them, continue their vocation to serve the community.” ~ Ieva Jusionyte, Director & Writer of Bomberos