7/17/2006 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION – More than 550 industrial firefighters and safety personnel are attending the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 44th 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 (NFPA). NFPA standards are recognized internationally for firefighting and hazardous material control qualifications and are the foremost education standards in emergency response.
More than 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.
The Industrial School is the second of three weeklong annual firefighter training schools hosted by TEEX each summer. Last week, 682 firefighters and 190 guest instructors from 15 countries attended the 40th Annual Spanish Fire School. The 77th Annual Municipal Fire School will wrap up the three schools July 23-28.
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.
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.