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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 54th Annual Spanish Fire School, which was scheduled for July 5 – 10, 2020. Students will be offered full refunds on their tuition.

Statement from Chief Robert Moore, Division Director:

“It is with great sadness I inform you our Annual Spanish Fire School (July 5-10, 2020) is being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some may think I am making this decision too early, but I am hoping to save you the burden of making travel arrangements and then worrying about getting your refunds when you have to cancel. This virus has created a new world in which we live, and with very little information. Our country, just as yours, is learning how to battle this disease. I thought long and hard on this decision and please know it is a decision I did not want to make. The Annual Spanish Fire School holds a special place in my heart, and let me assure you we will have the school in July of 2021. Hopefully I will see you at the planning conference in January of 2021, so we can plan an exceptional school for that year.”

Please note: This announcement only affects the Annual Spanish Fire School. We are still planning on holding both Industrial and Municipal Annual Schools in July 2020.

More information can be found at teex.org/annualschools.

About Annual Fire School

Each year in July, thousands of fire service personnel from municipalities and industries around the world participate in intensive weeklong training courses that make up the annual fire schools. One week is dedicated to teaching those from Spanish-speaking countries; the second week is for Industrial emergency responders; and week three is dedicated to Municipal – both volunteer and paid – first responders. Courses range from basic to advanced levels and are taught by hundreds of guest instructors, each experienced in specific areas of emergency response.

About TEEX-Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI)

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX-ESTI) is home to the 300-acre complex of the Brayton Fire Training Field, Disaster City®, and the Emergency Operations Training Center in College Station, Texas, as well as the Center for Marine Training and Safety in Galveston, Texas. Last year, we trained more than 120,000 people from around the world in 130 emergency response discipline areas. For more information, visit http://teex.org/esti.

Fire School Media Contact:

Casey Richardson

TEEX | Emergency Services Training Institute

Tel. 979.458.2819 Cell 979.595.5019

Casey.Richardson@teex.tamu.edu

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Kathy Fraser

Director of Marketing and Communications

I had the opportunity to send one of my new firefighters through the first TEEX Online Academy, this firefighter was able to follow the given lesson plans very effectively and complete all testing requirements with very positive results. I personally attended several of the practical skills days and witnessed the firefighters performing all of the required skills with confidence and accuracy.

— Chief R.B. Alley (Ret.), Former Chief, College Station Fire Department
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