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Lumber site
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Police discover a lumber operation in Guatuso.

Police stop illegal lumber operation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police in Guatuso seized about 833 feet worth of wood as well as lumber cutting and wood furnishing equipment Tuesday.

According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, officers were visiting a farm in Cabanga de Guatuso in the northern part of Costa Rica. Police said that several men were cutting and sawing away at a tree known as Cebo, or vochysia guatemalensis. This tree is considered protected and is not allowed to be harvested as lumber. The officers arrested the men and confiscated all the material.

Aside from the Cebo wood, police also found 34 blocks and 53 logs of Laurel wood, about 17 feet of the species in rectangular pieces along with the wood saw and polishing machine. All were sent to judicial authorities.

The security ministry also said police detained another man for illegally transporting wood. This was also done in Guatuso while police were conducting a normal road checkpoint. When officers saw the wood, they asked for the corresponding transport permits. The driver did not have these apparently.

Fuerza Pública then seized about 290 boards of Cebo wood. All the confiscated lumber from both cases was sent to officials at the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía.

Guatuso is located just north of Nuevo Arenal in Alajuela province.


Firefighter exercise
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Firefighters training with U.S. military personnel  in Honduras.

Costa Rica's Bomberos participate
in U.S. military's firefighting exercise

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Joint exercises by firefighters from Central America and the United States kicked off this past week that included Costa Rica’s own Bomberos.

Joint Task Force-Bravo of the United States Military’s Southern Command is organizing Centamsmoke, as the weeklong training series is called. Thirty firefighters from the region and the U.S. are participating in the regional exercise to share the latest firefighting techniques.

It is being held at the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras and is supposed to improve the firefighters’ skills in demanding environments. “Costa Rica has been well-represented by the Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica for another year,” a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica said.

The idea of Centamsmoke is to promote regional cooperation in emergency situations as well,
according to a statement issued by Joint Task Force-Bravo.




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