Imperial County Sheriff's Office underwater search and rescue divers recently met with divers from Mexicali to talk about training and working together to save lives. That is just one more sign of how local authorities are teaming with authorities from across the border to improve communication and to make the job of protecting people a bit easier.
The meeting between divers came after Mexicali Fire Department divers were involved in searches for missing Mexicali residents. Local authorities were concerned their Mexicali counterparts were unaware of just how dangerous local waterways can be.
Local authorities could have simply warned Mexicali authorities about the dangers and told them to contact officials on this side of the border before diving, but they took it a step further. They took the time to meet and talk about the future. Such meetings make a difference. They create friendships rather than animosity. They create what could be a seamless system of cooperation to save lives, and that benefits us all.