55 graduate from TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy

6/26/2017 12:00 AM

COLLEGE STATION - Fifty-five new firefighters from Texas, Ohio, California, Hawaii and Canada graduated June 23 from the 153rd Firefighter Recruit Academy conducted by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The graduates completed 12 weeks of classroom and hands-on training at the Brayton Fire Training Field.

The graduation ceremony was held at the Texas A&M University Hildebrand Equine Complex, followed by a reception at the H.D. Smith Building and a tour of Brayton Fire Training Field. The keynote address was presented by Chief Randy McGregor of the Bryan Fire Department. Patrick Cunha of College Station received a scholarship award in memory of Eric Wallace and Greg Pickard, firefighters who lost their lives in the Knights of Columbus fire in Bryan. It goes to the student who best exemplifies the core values of Texas A&M and the Fire Service: Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity and Selfless Service.

The academy prepares entry-level firefighters to earn the Texas Commission on Fire Protection certifications for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and HazMat Operations as well as ProBoard Firefighter I, Firefighter II and HazMat Awareness and HazMat Operations.  The program is also eligible for college credit through the Fire Science Technology degree program at Blinn College.

The academy is led by Training Manager Donny Boggs, Training Coordinator Cary Roccaforte and Associate Training Specialist Andy Ramirez. TEEX has trained more than 5,000 certifiable firefighters since 1971, and has graduates working across Texas, the United States and the world.

Learn more about the TEEX traditional and blended learning Firefighter Academies.

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