3/5/2007 12:00 AM
An aircraft's fuselage explodes into flames. Nearly a mile away, emergency 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) 19th Annual Spring Fire Training School March 5-9 at Brayton Fire Training Field.
Nearly 250 firefighters are traveling from across the state to receive training at the TEEX facility, regarded as the premier fire training school in the world.
Although firefighter training is conducted year-round at Brayton, the Spring School is the first of four major annual schools hosted by TEEX, joining the Spanish, Industrial and Municipal schools held each July. In addition to fire training at Brayton, TEEX offers the full complement of rescue, hazardous materials, emergency medical services, maritime, aircraft and emergency management courses.
TEEX has been training firefighters in College Station since the 1920s, and in 1931 the Texas Legislature authorized Texas A&M to create and operate a permanent fire training school. Today, TEEX is recognized as the world's premier emergency services training institute, training more than 80,000 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, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. Agency programs include fire services, homeland security, public safety and security, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and economic development.