3/3/2005 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION – An aircraft’s fuselage explodes into flames. Nearly a mile away, first responders strive to contain leaking hazardous materials before they contaminate the nearby city. Firefighters rush into a chemical refinery billowing with smoke.
These are only a few of the scenarios firefighters from across Texas will face during the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) 17th Annual Spring Fire Training School March 9-11 at Brayton Fire Training Field.
Every year, firefighters travel from across the state to receive training at the TEEX facility, regarded as the premier fire training school in the world. Last year, 330 students attended the spring training, the highest enrollment in 14 years.
“The training firefighters receive from TEEX provides the skills and techniques they need to not only protect the lives and infrastructure in their hometowns but also their own lives as well,” said Harvie Cheshire, annual school coordinator. “TEEX has a responsibility to train these men and women to fight fires using the most technologically advanced methods. This may be the most important training they ever receive.”
Classes taught during the week-long school include aircraft firefighting operations, hazardous materials operations training, confined space rescue, and firefighter and officer safety.
TEEX is recognized as the world’s top emergency services training institute. Each year, TEEX trains more than 70,000 firefighters and emergency responders from throughout Texas, all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.