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The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Testing and Innovation Center recently published a TEEX-Tested® Report about the Squishy Robotics System. TEEX-Tested® reports provide emergency response personnel and acquisition decision-makers with unbiased information about the product’s performance, functionality and reliability in the field.

During TEEX-Tested® assessments, TEEX assembles a panel of subject matter experts to evaluate products for public safety personnel, such as firefighters and law enforcement officers. Experts at TEEX then design realistic scenarios to test products in an environment where they would likely operate. The assessments take place at TEEX’s facilities at Brayton Fire Training Field, Disaster City and on the Texas A&M-RELLIS campus. TEEX is uniquely situated to offer these assessments, as TEEX leverages its facilities that provide realistic operational environments for testing and long-standing relationships with subject matter professionals.

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In the assessment of Squishy Robotics, subject matter experts evaluated the robot’s durability and communications, including radio and video streaming. TEEX designed assessment scenarios to focus on hazardous materials missions and utilized drones to deploy the robots.

Ray Ivie, director of the TEEX Testing and Innovation Center, stated, “TEEX is proud to be at the forefront of innovation in the public safety field. By working with organizations and individuals developing technology for first responders, we can ensure that new products aid responders and keep them as safe as possible. This is one more way TEEX is making an impact on first responders, in addition to our training and response.”

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Squishy Robotics chief operating officer Deniz Dogruer said, “Testing the data communications capabilities of our sensors in a variety of operationally relevant environments at TEEX Disaster City and Texas A&M-RELLIS was invaluable to our efforts to continually improve our technology to meet the very challenging needs of first responders. The multi-day testing—motivated by specific use cases and conducted in conjunction with the guidance and feedback from a panel of subject matter experts—provided a truly unique testing capability and will produce results that will be directly relevant to the public safety community.”

To read more about TEEX’s assessment of Squishy Robotics, see https://teex.org/news/teex-testing-and-innovation-center-collaborates-with-texas-am-system-entities-to-assess-public-safety-technology/. For more information or to see how TEEX’s Testing and Innovation Center can assist you, contact [email protected] or call (979) 500-6946.  

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More than half a million dollars in hazmat grants will go to train responders around the U.S. 

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – For the eighth consecutive year, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) was awarded a Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grant of $376,961 funded by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) under the U.S. Department of Transportation. TEEX uses these funds to train instructors around the United States who provide training to employees on Hazardous Materials Regulations.  

TEEX Training Coordinator Taylor Hartmann says, “The HMIT Grant provides valuable training for employees on understanding the Hazardous Materials Regulations so they can prepare and transport hazardous materials safely. This training leads to fewer hazmat incidents and is essential for a safer transportation network within the United States. We are very thankful for PHMSA’s continued commitment to the safety and well-being of the public.” 

In addition to this grant, TEEX also received a first-time PHMSA Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant of $295,000 to train first responders for railcar emergencies involving flammable gases and flammable liquids. These funds will allow TEEX to deliver an additional 12 classes over the next year at no cost to responders. TEEX also sets aside money to assist departments from underserved communities with lodging costs. While the HMIT grant is centered on training employees for proper awareness and transport of hazardous materials, the ALERT grant is focused on training first responders for hazmat response.  

TEEX Training Manager Nick Hickson says, “With the PHMSA ALERT Grant, TEEX will be able to train responders from the United States to safely and effectively respond to incidents involving railcars. This training will be conducted at TEEX’s Brayton Fire Training Field to allow class participants to train on actual railcars, protective housings, leaking valves and a full-scale train derailment. This training on life-size props allows participants to gain essential knowledge that is difficult to obtain with pictures, videos or cut-down models. This will allow responders to return to their communities better prepared.” 

To read more about the grants, see Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grant | PHMSA (dot.gov) and Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) | PHMSA (dot.gov).  

For more information or to enroll in hazardous materials instructor training go to https://teex.org/class/dot501/

For more information or to enroll in hazardous materials training go to Hazardous Materials | TEEX.ORG.

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As a thought leader in public safety training, The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has published a stakeholders’ report and informational website and developed no-cost training for first responders to identify the issues, challenges and current practices in preventing, preparing for, and addressing electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage system (ESS) fires and related emergencies.

Although EVs are less likely to ignite than fossil fuel-powered or hybrid vehicles, the intense heat, high-voltage cables, and hazardous materials make EV and ESS fires uniquely challenging for first responders. Currently no extinguishing agent is fully effective on these fires, and reignition is a threat for hours or even days after the initial event. These issues are compounded by the increasing prevalence of Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries in EVs, micromobility devices and ESSs.

In October 2023, TEEX convened a summit of nationally recognized experts with experience in responding to Li-ion battery incidents. These senior stakeholders came from numerous agencies and organizations and shared current practices, identified knowledge gaps and made recommendations to address the evolving issues associated with these incidents. These discussions resulted in a set of current best practices for the first responder community.

“We are pleased to be working with industry partners, national laboratories, federal agencies, and EV manufacturers to conduct testing and develop training and practical solutions for lithium-ion battery fire response issues,” said TEEX Agency Director David Coatney. “This initiative is at the core of TEEX’s public safety mission to ensure that the first responder community can make sound decisions to manage these fires safely and effectively.”

The summit participants identified the following unique hazards presented by Li-ion battery fires:

  • Thermal runaway: Thermal runaway can occur due to overcharging, overheating, physical damage (such as a vehicle crash), or manufacturing defects and could result in extremely high temperatures, fire and the venting of toxic gas and metals or explosive shrapnel.
  • Electrical shock: EVs rely on high-voltage electrical systems which pose a risk of electrical shock to occupants and first responders in the event of a vehicle crash or other emergency.
  • Fire: Li-ion battery fire risks increase due to damage or defects in the battery or during charging or discharging. They are often difficult to extinguish and can reignite multiple times.
  • Chemical exposure: Li-ion batteries contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals that may harm first responders, the public and the environment.
  • Structural failure: Li-ion batteries can burn at temperatures as high as 3,000 to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit and could cause concrete and metal fatigue, which could lead to significant damage or failure to structures, such as underpasses or parking garages where a fire takes place.

“Because Li-ion battery technology is relatively new, many departments, first responders and policymakers have limited knowledge of and experience with this battery technology and the related incidents that can occur,” said Gordon Lohmeyer, division director of TEEX Fire and Emergency Services. “We have created a repository of information and training resources located on the TEEX website where first responders can obtain the latest information and learn about our agency’s training on preparing for and responding to an EV/ESS fire. We are also working on destructive battery testing with federal partners and research labs, and the results will quantify the types of contaminants first responders may encounter during EV/ESS emergencies.”

TEEX-sanctioned initial training programs for first responders include:

  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Safety for the First Responder – a no-cost 2.5-hour online course released in early February.
  • Lithium-Ion Response Awareness – a no-cost, 4-hour in-person course March 13-15, 2024, in San Marcos, Texas, sponsored by the Kyle and San Marcos fire departments.

As additional EV/ESS current practices and resources are developed, they will be posted on TEEX’s website.

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a person plugging in a cord to a car

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Texas A&M Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) received a perfect score of 100 on its 2023 Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) Task Force Administration Readiness Evaluation (ARE) that was recently completed. This marks the first time that any of FEMA’s 28 Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams has earned a perfect score since the agency began the task force evaluations in 2010.

The ARE is an evaluation that examines each team’s compliance in three areas: 1) Operational Readiness, which reviews personnel qualifications and the training regimen for the team; 2) Logistics Readiness, which ensures that each team has the required facilities, transportation, equipment and materials for deployment; and 3) Management Readiness, which verifies that the team is fulfilling the requirements of the FEMA US&R System Cooperative Agreement performance requirements in relation to staffing, reporting, financial processes, policies and procedures.

All 28 teams submit a self-assessment annually, and every three years an assessment team consisting of FEMA staff and peer US&R task force members from other states conduct an in-person evaluation of each team over two days to ensure the self-assessments are accurate. TX-TF1’s in-person evaluation took place December 5 – 6, 2023, at its facilities in College Station.

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“All of our universities and agencies strive for straight A’s every day, but Texas A&M Task Force 1 outdid itself with its perfect score,” said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. “I have the utmost respect for the team members who put their lives on the line to rescue their fellow Texans from fires, floods and other natural and human-caused disasters.”

“To say that I am very proud of the Texas A&M Task Force 1 team would be an understatement,” said TEEX Agency Director David Coatney. “The level of commitment, capability, training, logistics and preparation by the team members have all resulted in the highest level of readiness and achievement by our team. This is an impactful accomplishment that will benefit the communities that we serve.” 

“On behalf of the FEMA US&R Branch, I want to congratulate all of the hard-working and dedicated personnel on TX-TF1 who helped achieve this excellent rating,” said Dean Scott, acting chief of the US&R Branch of FEMA’s Operations Division. “We appreciate the outstanding collaboration that the TX-TF1 administration provided throughout the evaluation process, as well as all of the contributions and support that TX-TF1 and TEEX have provided over the years to the FEMA US&R Response System.”

In addition to the TX-TF1 administrative staff, the team includes about 228 first responders from 134 participating agencies and organizations across the state, all of whom reside within three hours of College Station.

“Personnel from fire and rescue departments, emergency medical and health services, and other emergency agencies and specialty companies across Texas have provided the experts to be part of TX-TF1,” said Jeff Saunders, TX-TF1 director. “They have full-time positions in their own organizations but are dedicated to mobilizing with TX-TF1 on a moment’s notice. Without them, this achievement would not be possible.”

About TX-TF1

TX-TF1 functions as one of the 28 federal task forces under the FEMA National US&R System and as a statewide urban search and rescue team under the direction of the Governor through the Texas Division of Emergency Management. TX-TF1 also coordinates the state’s swift water rescue program and the helicopter search and rescue team which works in conjunction with Texas Military Department. Since its inception in 1997, TX-TF1 has been on more than 180 deployments, including 11 deployments in 2023.

For more information about Texas A&M Task Force 1, visit https://texastaskforce1.org/

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(TEEX Leadership Development Symposium)

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Leadership Development Symposium returned to San Marcos, Texas, January 8-10, 2024. The annual symposium, which celebrated its 16th year, enhances the leadership skills of the emergency response community and offers a robust environment for leadership education and development in a variety of important areas.

Of the 1,374 attendees at the symposium, about 95% were from Texas, representing 133 Texas counties and 318 Texas cities. Presenters from diverse backgrounds – academic and corporate leaders, veterans, medical and fire service professionals, entrepreneurs, and motivational speakers – all offered a wide range of fresh perspectives, benefiting everyone in public service.

Sessions addressed first responder mental and physical health and wellness; successful leadership practices for a multi-generational workforce; how communications and workplace culture impact decision-making; and innovative team development methods, among others.

Keynote speakers included Darryl Strawberry, former major league baseball player, four-time World Series champion and cancer survivor; Brigadier General (Ret.) Patrick R. Michaelis, 46th Commandant of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets; Jessica Buchanan, teacher, author, and kidnapping survivor; and Christian “Boo” Boucousis, author, former fighter pilot and businessman, as well as San Antonio and Austin area fire chiefs and firefighters.

“The symposium is vital to the state of Texas,” said Les Stephens, Fire Chief for the city of San Marcos and a partner in hosting the event. “It fills a need that isn’t being filled anywhere else. We have certifications, formal education and fire service education conferences, but we don’t have another event like this one that is completely devoted to building better leaders.”

Training Manager of the Leadership Development Symposium, Sean Fay, agrees, “There is no other event that exposes fire service professionals to cutting edge leadership issues. It fills a huge need for the Texas Fire Service and beyond as we seek to ensure we are creating servant leaders for generations to come.”

The symposium offers training at no cost for Texas first responders, and attendees come from around the state to benefit from this training. The 2025 Leadership Development Symposium is scheduled for January 20-22, 2025, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Frisco, Texas.

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(Ryan Snow, Police Officer) 
a man standing on a stage speaking
(Christian “Boo” Boucousis, Former Fighter Pilot and Businessman)

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SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – On Sunday evening, January 7, two individuals were inducted into the Texas Fire Service Hall of Honor for their career-long commitment to the Texas Fire Service. This Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes current or former firefighters or emergency service personnel who have made significant contributions that have been widely recognized in the Texas Fire Service.

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Retired Grapevine Fire Chief Stephen J. Bass, whose career in the Texas Fire Service spans 55+ years, was honored for his longtime contributions. His service began at the Hurst Fire Department, where he served for three years; at the Dallas Fire Department for 27 years; and as Fire Chief of both the Bedford Fire Department and most recently the Grapevine Fire Department, where he retired in 2014. He continues to serve as Grapevine Fire Department Chaplain.

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Former Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Michael Snider was honored posthumously for his 40 years of service at the Alamo Fire Department and most recently at the Edinburg Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief for 24 years. He previously served as Vice President of the Rio Grande Valley Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association and Vice President of the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is the host agency for the award, and the Hall of Honor display is located in the Les W. Bunte Jr. Administration and Classroom Complex at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas.

TEEX Director David Coatney said, “TEEX is honored to be the home of the Hall of Honor Award, which recognizes those who have contributed to the Texas Fire Service, whether by developing programs to improve firefighter safety, caring for firefighters or their surviving family members, or advancing the fire service to better serve the citizens of Texas.”

Over 75 people attended the awards dinner that was held during TEEX’s 16th annual Leadership Development Symposium, January 7-10. The symposium offers training at no cost for Texas first responders, enhancing the leadership skills of the emergency response community.

Chief Stephen J. Bass
Fire Chief Stephen J. Bass
Chief Shawn Michael Snider
Fire Chief Shawn Michael Snider

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Ronnie Taylor

Ronnie Taylor, program director for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Community Response and Resilience Program, was a recipient of this year’s Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow Service Award. The award is the highest honor given by the A&M System, and it was established by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents in 1998. It recognizes those who have provided exemplary professional service that has created significant and lasting benefits to Texas and beyond. This award is specifically for agency professionals in the eight A&M System agricultural, engineering and emergency management agencies.

Taylor joined TEEX in February of 2009 after a 26-year career in the Army and began making an immediate impact as a senior training specialist in NERRTC’s Executive Program. As the program grew, he was called upon to instruct additional courses to senior officials responsible for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

In 2018, Taylor joined the Enhanced Incident Management Program, leading large-scale exercises in managing catastrophic events for clients such as Los Angeles County, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority of New York. Less than a year after joining the program, he was selected as training director.

Taylor assumed his current role as program director for the Community Response and Resilience Program in November of 2021. A recent example of his distinguished service to TEEX is his leadership in developing TDEM’s highly successful Texas Emergency Management Academy.

With a natural ability to inspire and lead others and a consistent and clear vision for excellence, Taylor embodies the TEEX values of safety, teamwork, adaptability, respect and stewardship. These attributes, along with his significant contributions to the success of his programs, make him a deserving recipient of the 2023 Regents Fellow Service Award.

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – In its 25th anniversary year, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (NERRTC) has reached a significant milestone – more than one million participants have been trained in homeland security preparedness for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, cyberattacks, and other all-hazards disasters.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1998, NERRTC is a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), which was also established in 1998 after the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City brought domestic terrorism to the forefront in the United States.  

“The high-quality, hands-on training and field exercises that TEEX provides through NERRTC have saved numerous lives in America’s homeland,” said John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “Our first responders deserve the ‘gold standard’ in response and recovery training and preparation, and I am proud that TEEX is the gold standard for the entire country.”

Through funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NERRTC develops and delivers a comprehensive set of DHS/FEMA-certified courses and workshops at no cost to emergency responders, senior officials, public works staff, and medical personnel in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The courses are developed and delivered by TEEX’s homeland security professionals, many of whom have responded to or managed some of the most significant incidents on record.

“This is a testament to all of the men and women of TEEX/NERRTC who have worked so diligently over the last 25 years to train our nation’s first responders and to help build a more prepared and resilient nation,” said Jesse Watkins, NERRTC director. “With our broad and deep expertise, and state-of-the-art equipment and resources, I am looking forward to continuing to advance the DHS/FEMA ‘culture of preparedness’ over the next 25 years.”

TEEX has a set of competencies in emergency services, infrastructure and safety, law enforcement and protective services, and business and cyber solutions that enable the agency to sustain its premier position within the homeland security and national preparedness community. 

“NERRTC has reached this milestone through the integrated management, collaboration, and leveraging of the training and expertise offered by the TEEX team,” said David Coatney, TEEX agency director. “As a result, our nation’s communities are better prepared to protect, respond, and recover from any type of disaster.”

“The Oklahoma City bombing was a real wake-up call. I felt like it was just a matter of time before terrorism came to American shores again,” said Dr. Kem Bennett, founding director of NERRTC and founding chairman of the NDPC. “Then, with more floods and hurricanes, it became clear that we needed the capability to train for the entire scope of a disaster,” he said. “I am proud that NERRTC has reached this milestone of more than a million trained to help keep our country safe from the wide-ranging threats and attacks that seem to increase daily.”

To learn more or to schedule a course, visit https://teex.org/homeland-security/ or contact one of our experts at  [email protected] or (844) 789-5673.

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Participants Learn to Prepare and Protect Organizations and Individuals from Cyber Attacks

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – With the growing frequency, sophistication and magnitude of cyber attacks around the world, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has established a new cybersecurity certificate series to help the public and private sector protect their organizations and data.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the five-certificate series is developed and delivered at no cost by TEEX’s cybersecurity team, which has decades of experience in private industry, critical infrastructure, military and government cybersecurity applications. The first two certificates offer a combination of instructor-led and online courses; the remaining three certificates are taught online only.

“No industry, community or individual is immune to cyber risks,” said Diane Cornwell, TEEX cybersecurity training manager. “This certificate series provides critical information for employees at all levels of government and industry, as well as private citizens, on how to prepare for and mitigate a cybersecurity incident.”

The first of the five certificates, Cybersecurity Essentials, provides an understanding of the importance of cybersecurity and strategies to protect individuals and organizations from being victims of a cyber attack. The second certificate, Cybersecurity Preparedness, provides participants with information about how to prepare for, respond to and recover from cyberattacks. Cybersecurity Awareness is the topic of the third certificate, which introduces participants to the basics of cybersecurity and how to be a good steward of electronic information. The fourth certificate focuses on Cybersecurity Risk Management, and the fifth, Technical Cybersecurity, is geared toward information technology professionals who are interested in learning more about cybersecurity or are involved in developing secure software and networks.

The courses in the certificate series are certified by the American Council on Education for recommended college credit, if desired, at the completion of each certificate.

More than 100 individuals have already applied for the program.

To learn more about the TEEX Cybersecurity Certificate Series or to register, visit the Cybersecurity Certificate Series Catalog or contact one of our experts at [email protected] or (979) 431-4837. Also, TEEX is registering participants for its Cyber Readiness Summit at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in San Marcos, Texas, February 13-15, 2024. Designed with everyone in mind, the summit will feature experts who specialize in making complex topics accessible and relevant to those who want to protect their business or organization from cyber attacks.

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More than 300 Florida Search and Rescue Professionals Trained to Rapidly Deploy

Florida USAR task force

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) conducted an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Operational Readiness Exercise in August for Florida’s statewide USAR teams to perform a real-world exercise with no advanced notice to the participants.

The significance of this exercise was that all eight statewide USAR teams, various emergency operations and incident response teams, the Florida State Fire Marshal and the Florida National Guard were all deployed to the same location to conduct wide-area search and rescue operations; water and collapsed structure rescue and recovery; and related logistics, communications and operational tasks.

The purpose of the exercise was to test the theory that emergency response times can be significantly decreased when all the associated teams work in tandem to activate and mobilize equipment and resources. The teams also tested Florida’s new “Alert Order” process, which is the statewide notice issued by Florida’s Office of the Governor that puts the teams on alert to begin the process for deployment for an actual statewide emergency.

Florida USAR teams learning skills during TEEX training exercise

“This was the largest Florida USAR exercise in our program’s history with over 300 participants,” said Scott Chappell, former chief fire officer and USAR and hazardous materials program coordinator for the state of Florida.

“The August exercise built upon a smaller exercise that TEEX conducted for us in 2022 that concluded that the USAR teams receiving an alert order in advance were able to activate and mobilize six hours before teams with no advanced notice,” Chappell said. “This was a significant finding that will increase the number of survivors in a disaster. It was the partnership, teamwork and can-do attitude of the TEEX team that resulted in this successful exercise.”

The large-scale event took place at the Florida National Guard’s Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, which is a premier domestic and combat training facility near Gainesville in Starke, Florida.

The real-world USAR scenario was based around a liquefied natural gas pipeline explosion that resulted in severe structural collapses and infrastructure damage to multiple structures, as well as chemical contamination throughout the affected community. The exercise was designed so that all disciplines had scenarios to test their capabilities.

florida usar teams search rubble during TEEX training exercise.

“This opportunity to exercise statewide resources and provide tactical integration of all USAR teams in one location was the key to the success of the Florida exercise,” said Ray Browning, a TEEX instructor.

“This systematic approach to conducting FEMA-equivalent training in the customer’s environment or at a TEEX facility, in addition to a capstone to the training in the form of real-world emergency response exercises with multiple agencies and stakeholders, is our strength,” Browning said.

For more information on how this type of whole-community approach to disaster training can be customized and scalable for any local or state jurisdiction to improve disaster coordination and response, visit https://teex.org/program/emergency-preparedness/ or contact one of our experts at [email protected] or (866) 878-8900.

Also, TEEX is a sponsor and an exhibitor at the State Urban Search & Rescue Alliance (SUSAR) National Urban Search and Rescue Conference at the Double Tree Hilton at Orlando Sea World, Orlando, Florida, November 6-8.

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