Twenty-four members of the Texas National Guard, 6th Civil Support Team, arrived at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus last month with nine large vehicles, including a $1 million mobile command center on wheels, a mobile lab, 2 ½-ton trucks and a 1-ton truck towing a trailer. They traveled from Austin to participate in TEEX’s hands-on emergency vehicle driver training.
Though TEEX has a long history of delivering training in emergency vehicle driving, this course was unique because of the size of the equipment, said Program Coordinator Kyle McNew with TEEX’s Public Safety and Security. Previous classes have been conducted with Suburbans and 1-ton trucks on the driving track at the Riverside Campus.
“This gave us the opportunity to look at expanding our capabilities,” McNew said. “It challenged us as well as them. They were very satisfied, and we were happy with the outcome.”
“The course was one of the most dynamic and fluid courses that we have had the pleasure of attending,” said 2nd Lt. Michael A. Torres of the 6th Civil Support Team. “TEEX met and exceeded each of the training objectives we set forth for the course. The course has enhanced our ability to safely respond to incidents and has given our members the added confidence in our equipment and their individual performance in emergency driving situations. The team would like to extend our appreciation to Kyle and his staff. A choice word to describe is team is professionals.'”