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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Children throughout the United States often dream of one day growing up to become real firefighters. The thought of fighting blazing fires and saving lives has enchanted children for generations — the thought of being a hero.

The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is making this dream a reality for more than 500 teenagers, June 20-24, as it teams up with Learning for Life to host the 2005 National Fire/Emergency Services Exploring Conference at TEEX’s Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas.

Explorers from Texas and 19 states — from California to Florida – will deploy to TEEX and the world’s largest live-fueled fire training facility to participate in firefighting and emergency services seminars, gaining the skills to help the 14- to 20-year-olds pursue their special career interest in firefighting.

Seminar topics will include overviews of the TEEX-sponsored Texas Task Force 1, one of 28 national urban search and rescue teams; the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center; canine search and rescue; wildland firefighting; and fire prevention and investigation, among others.

A highlight of the Explorers conference will be team and individual competitions held at the Brayton Fire Training Field, including a bunker gear relay, room search, paramedic biking competition, physical ability test and wildfire shelter deployment.

The competitions serve as both learning and team-building experiences, culminating in an awards ceremony Thursday, June 23, where the nation’s top Explorer and Explorer Post will be named.

The Explorers will stay on the Texas A&M University Campus in the Corps of Cadets dorms, where they will be treated to nightly dances, recreational activities and specialty “firehouse cooking” classes. Three noted chefs will teach the Explorers cooking techniques that may be halted instantly in the event they need to leave their fire station for an emergency and resume the cooking later.

Learning for Life’s Explorers program encompasses five emphasized areas, including career opportunities, service learning, leadership experience, life skills and character education, which are channeled through different post specialties ranging from art and humanities to social services.

Recognized as the world’s premier emergency services training institute, TEEX annually trains more than 70,000 firefighters and emergency responders from throughout Texas, all 50 states and more than 45 countries.

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. 


Monday, June 20

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
  • 7:30-9 p.m. Opening program
  • 9-10 p.m. Chef’s demonstration of firehouse cooking

Tuesday, June 21

  • 7:30-11:30 a.m. Individual and team competitions; seminars
  • 1:30-5:30 p.m. Individual and team competitions; seminars
  • 7:30 p.m. Three-person pumper races

Wednesday, June 22

  • 7:30-11:30 a.m. Individual and team competitions; seminars
  • 1:30-5:30 p.m. Individual and team competitions; seminars
  • 9-10 p.m. Chef’s demonstration of firehouse cooking

Thursday, June 23

  • 10 a.m. Live fire demonstrations
  • 7:30 p.m. Awards show

All seminars and events will be held at Brayton Fire Training Field. The opening program, chef’s demonstration and awards show will be held at the Duncan Dining Center on the Texas A&M University campus.

Contact Information

Kathy Fraser

Director of Marketing and Communications

The instructors took the time to make sure every student understood the material. Very impressed

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