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Industrial firefighters begin 45th annual school

7/18/2007 12:00 AM

More than 450 industrial firefighters and safety personnel representing 11 countries are attending the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 45th Annual Industrial Fire School this week at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field.

The Industrial School is one of the few firefighting schools across the country where emergency responders can obtain the latest industrial firefighting and hazardous materials control certifications through the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA. NFPA standards are recognized internationally for firefighting and hazardous material control qualifications and are the foremost education standards in emergency response.

About the instructors, students
Nearly 200 highly-qualified guest instructors and speakers from industrial and manufacturing companies train the emergency responders through the extensive classroom and hands-on exercises. Many of these instructors donate their time, services and expenses to ensure that firefighters are adequately prepared to respond to various industrial emergencies.

Firefighters attending this week’s Industrial Fire School are from The Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, Jamaica, Mexico, South Korea and the United States.

Spanish, Industrial, Municipal
The Industrial School is the second of three week-long annual firefighter training schools hosted by TEEX each summer. Last week, 691 firefighters from 19 countries attended the 41st Annual Spanish Fire School. The 78th Annual Municipal Fire School will wrap up the three schools July 22-27. Training is conducted at the Brayton Fire Training Field, recognized as the world’s largest live-fire, fueled training facility with more than 100 specific training sites. The facilities are life-sized combustible replicas, representing everything from oil tankers to refineries.

Dates to watch
July 18 7:30 a.m.: Guest Instructors’ Memorial Ceremony
July 22-27 78th Annual Municipal Fire School
July 22 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Trade show for emergency responders, Reed Arena, TAMU
Among largest in Texas, with latest fire trucks and firefighting equipment
July 25 12 p.m.: Guest Instructors’ Memorial Ceremony
8 p.m.: Public demonstration, Brayton Fire Training Field
Fascinating for all ages, watch firefighters on several live-burn projects as they demonstrate training and response capabilities of the personnel and the facility.

About TEEX
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, 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 solutions.

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