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TEEX to receive homeland security funding for 2007

U.S. Representative Chet Edwards recently announced that $22 million has been approved under the final 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for emergency response training at TEEX. Edwards worked with the Texas delegation in Congress to reverse the Administration’s proposed $15 million cut in training through TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center. Each year TEEX trains approximately 40,000 emergency responders how to respond and manage large-scale terrorist attacks and natural disasters on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Grants and Training.

"The global war on terror demands that we act responsibly as a Congress to support vital programs that protect Americans here at home," said Edwards, who serves on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Sub-Committee and whose district includes Bryan-College Station. "This important funding is crucial to continue the A&M System’s leading role in protecting our nation from terrorist attacks and major natural disasters."

TEEX receives honors at Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting conference

TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute received the Outstanding Service Award from the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Working Group Conference in October in Grapevine. Paul Powell, who coordinates the ARFF program for TEEX, received a Certificate of Appreciation from the group, as did TEEX guest instructor Beth Delgado of the Phoenix Fire Department.

The TEEX ARFF program has won acclaim and recognition since a small beginning only five years ago, said Harvie Cheshire. When presenting the awards, ARFF Working Group President Bob Lindstrom said, "TEEX is a force to be reckoned with as they provide the very best in ARFF training."

Civilian safety professionals at Tinker AFB earn CSHO

Nineteen Tinker Air Force Base civilian safety professionals earned the Certified Safety and Health Official designation from TEEX on Oct. 31 at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. Those receiving the CSHO certificates completed more than 250 hours of safety training through TEEX or the OSHA Training Institute and join more than 800 people who now hold the CSHO certificate from TEEX.

"I think today is really the first day that we have (stepped up) to provide you tools and the education so you can go out and do that very important job much better than you were able to before," said Brig. Gen. Judith Fedder, 76th Maintenance Wing commander. "This is the Air Force kicking it up a notch with regards to what we think about safety."

Bolivian emergency responders visit TEEX

Emergency responders and embassy officials from Bolivia toured TEEX’s Emergency Operations Training Center, the Brayton Fire Training Field and Disaster City® during a visit to TEEX on Nov. 1. The group also saw a demonstration of the Human Patient Simulator and heard overview presentations on TEEX, TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute, and TEEX’s Urban Search & Rescue training and Texas Task Force 1. The group included officials from the Bolivian Navy Search and Rescue Group, the Bolivian Air Force and the La Paz and El Alto Fire Departments.

Riendeau receives Iraq Campaign Medal

Maj. Mary Beth Riendeau received the Iraq Campaign Medal for her service in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at Balad Air Base, Iraq, where she served with about 380 medical staff in the Air Force Theater Hospital (the equivalent of a Level I trauma center) and aeromedical evacuation support hub. Riendeau, who recently returned from her service with the
U.S. Air Force, 332d Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron, is a Program Coordinator for TEEX’s National Emergency Response and
Rescue Training Center.

Annual Texas meter school draws 165 students

TEEX and the Southwest Electrical Metering Association (SWEMA) hosted the Annual Utility Electrical Metering School Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, teaching 165 students the latest in electrical metering technologies. Most attendees were from Texas, but this year’s school also included participants from California, Kansas, Missouri and even the Bahamas.

The school featured five days of classes on electrical metering topics and a new National Generation/Transmission Metering course. In addition to the school, numerous electric power industry venders were on site to allow participants to view the latest technologies and developments in the electrical metering field.

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We’d rather practice with people that we’ll actually be responding with…It enables us to respond quickly and more confidently, so we can better serve the public. I would recommend this course to any first responder.

— Charles Torres, Assistant Chief, The Port Authority of NY & NJ Police Department
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