The Shreveport Fire Department welcomes 10 Belgium firefighters. They will be here shadowing and working with the fire department for a week. The Belgium Fire Observers Organization is a nonprofit group whose mission is to allow it’s members to visit major fire departments throughout the United States. The purpose of the trip is to take back things they’ve learned here to Europe. “We are welcomed here and you feel it, you come home to a fire fighter family and that’s what I’m always looking forward to. Learning new techniques and also learning new friends and having new firefighter family,” said Peter Frederickx a Belgium firefighter. The Belgium firefighter group last visited Shreveport in 2011. This type of program has been around for nearly 20 years.