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    This would be a better question if you quoted any text that described the photo, and/or linked the post. Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 23:56
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    If they did that and googled Arizona fire department extinguishing a fire in Mexico they wouldn't need to ask because the first hit is Reddit. Its top, 8.6k+, comment is This happened in 2012. and links to the original article written by Manuel C. Coppola for Nogales International on May 10, 2012, and not just some guy named "Dave" in 2019.
    – Mazura
    Commented Feb 21, 2021 at 4:53
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    Why is this a notable claim which invites skepticism? Seems at most like a mildly interesting claim which invites curiosity. Commented Feb 21, 2021 at 12:39
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    Neighboring towns' fire departments often have reciprocal help agreements, even across borders. This: cnn.com/2007/US/11/14/border.firetruck made the news when post-9/11 immigration checks held up a Quebec fire truck from entering the US to assist with a blaze.
    – Flydog57
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 17:31
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    The article OP mentioned is watson.ch/!556353724 which cites this reddit cross-post as a source: reddit.com/r/Mujico/comments/fuccd5/pinch%C3%A9_fuego_fugas and a few steps later we find this: nogalesinternational.com/news/…
    – flawr
    Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 9:06

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Yes. At Nogales, Arizona, in 2012, according to this story, found using Google Image Search:

Nogales, Arizona, firefighters rushed to the international border with Mexico at Morley Avenue after a blaze broke out at the Hotel San Enrique in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The hotel had been a lodging for migrants waiting to cross illegally into the United States.

The building was empty at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. About 10 firetrucks responded from the Mexican side of the fence, while Nogales Fire Chief Hector Robles dispatched the local department's $827,000 ladder truck for its maiden trip to an actual fire.

The Nogales, Arizona fire department have helped the Nogales, Sonora, Mexico fire department on other occasions:

December 17, 2018 at 10:08 PM MST - Updated December 17 at 10:08 PM NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A 20-foot high fence with mesh and razor wire divides sister cites Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and Nogales, AZ. It’s a border, but it doesn’t stop the relationship between both fire departments along the border. A relationship that came in handy during a fire this past weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 14 firefighters in Nogales, Arizona saw smoke. They called it in, thinking the fire was on the American side. Crews arrived and discovered the fire was actually on the Mexican side of the border. There was an issue though for the firefighters in Mexico, they didn’t have water flowing to the hydrants.

The firefighters from Arizona acted fast and helped out their counterparts across the border. They hooked up a hose to a hydrant. Ran the hose to the fence, and there crews ran into another issue. The mesh fence that is about 7-feet high with sharp edges. The edges could cut the hose.

One of the captains decided to lay a ladder on the mesh fence. So the hose would not get damaged and it worked. They tossed the hose to the firefighters in Mexico and they were able to put water on the fire.

It took the firefighters several hours to put the fire out, but out of the three homes that were burned, only one was destroyed.

Tucson News Now spoke with the fire Chief of the Mexican fire department about the two departments working together. He says the two have been helping out each other for years.

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    Looks good. Google Streetview seems to give a reasonable match for the buildings in Nogales, with the picture taken the Mexican side of the fence,
    – Henry
    Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 15:38
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    I've been here in person. As of July 2019, the buildings that they are spraying down here still look awful and falling apart. Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 1:47

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