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Perhaps those who traveled the farthest to participate in Pagosa’s Fourth of July events, several firefighters from Beaumont, Belgium, rode in the parade with the Pagosa Fire Protection District as part of a partnership between the two departments. As a part of an ongoing exchange between the departments, last week was the Belgians’ second time visiting Pagosa, with the first time being five years ago. In addition to riding in the parade, the departments also challenged each other in a firefighter challenge on Sunday.