COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) reputation as one of the world’s premier emergency response training organizations was one of the factors that brought 33 Puerto Rican search and rescue specialists to Disaster City Feb. 21-March 4 for structural collapse incident rescue training.
From communities throughout Puerto Rico, the students represent a cross section of the island’s National Guard and Special Operations Division of the Puerto Rico Fire Department.
“These students are greatly impressed with the facilities,” said Ricky Salazar, TEEX adjunct instructor. “They have never seen anything like it. They like the structures, the training and the instructors — they are impressed with everything. TEEX’s facilities at Disaster City are giving them the real-life tools they need in the event of a disaster in their country.”
Disaster City is a 52-acre state-of-the-art training center filled with full-scale, collapsible structures, replicating the infrastructure found in every community.
After completing the Structural Collapse Technician certification, the responders will travel to Laredo, where they will spend another three weeks learning rescue awareness operations, confined space rescue and rope rescue.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.