COLLEGE STATION — More than 600 Spanish-speaking firefighters from around the world are traveling to Brayton Fire Training Field July 11-16 to extensively train and learn the latest firefighting procedures during the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 38th Annual Spanish Fire Training School.
Studying everything from basic firefighting operations to officer development, the firefighters learn from the experience and knowledge of approximately 150 volunteer instructors — teaching only in Spanish.
Some of this year’s students are traveling to College Station from as far away as Argentina and Spain and range in experience from the basic volunteer responder to the hard-boiled, career firefighter. While many of the student firefighters are being sent to the school by their employers, others rely only on their personal savings and dedication to journey to the world-renowned, one-of-a-kind school.
Training is conducted at the Brayton Fire Training Field, recognized as the world’s largest live-fueled fire training facility with 132 “props” or specific training sites. Participants in the annual schools often refer to Brayton as the “Disneyland of Firefighting.”
After completing the week-long training, the firefighters, their families and instructors will gather for a graduation ceremony July 15 at 7 p.m. in Reed Arena on the Texas A&M University campus.