The Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica, the fire fighters, began their week of celebration with a parade, a Mass and a display of equipment.
In addition to marchers, five fire trucks were in the morning parade to the Catedral Metropolitana. More than 200 fire fighters participated, said the agency.
The display that also stressed prevention was in the Plaza de la Cultura. There also were concerts by the fire fighters’ own groups.
Fire fighters marched with a white ribbon on their badges to remember José García, the volunteer who became a murder victim near Sixaola.
Suspects have been detained.