COLLEGE STATION – More than 600 Spanish-speaking firefighters from 16 countries are traveling to Brayton Fire Training Field for the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) 41st Annual Spanish Fire Training School to learn the latest firefighting and rescue procedures and participate in hands-on scenarios.
In addition to participants from the usual list of countries, a new group of students from the Republic of Guinea in West Africa will attend the fire school for the first time this year.
The firefighters will study everything from basic firefighting operations to officer development, learning from the experience and knowledge of approximately 150 volunteer instructors — teaching only in Spanish.
Training is conducted at Brayton Fire Training Field , recognized as the world’s largest fueled, live-fire training facility with 132 props or specific training stations. Recently the fire field has undergone some major expansions, including the opening of the 14,000-square-foot H. D. Smith Ops Complex, which includes a welcome center, communications center/scenario observation area, three large classrooms and an assembly hall. Other recent additions include a two-story structural burn complex and a 2,300-foot below-ground pipeline project.
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. Agency programs include fire services, homeland security, public safety and security, public works, safety and health, search and rescue, and economic development.