COLLEGE STATION – Fifty-two new firefighters graduated Nov. 22 from the 160th Recruit Firefighter Academy at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The graduates, who came from Texas, Arkansas, Florida and Canada, completed 12 weeks of classroom and hands-on training at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library on the Texas A&M University campus, with friends and family members in attendance and more watching on Facebook Live. The keynote speaker was Deputy Fire Chief Kyle Mills of the Frisco Fire Department. Following the ceremony, a reception was held and tours were offered at Brayton Fire Training Field.
The Class Address was delivered by Cadel Tanner Aebersold of College Station. Cadet Ty Henderson of McKinney, Texas, received the Academic Award. The class voted for the Outstanding Student, which was awarded to Jonathan Wickens of Cambridge, Ontario.
The TEEX Recruit Firefighter Academy prepares entry-level firefighters to earn the Texas Commission on Fire Protection certifications for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and HazMat Operations, as well as ProBoard Firefighter I, Firefighter II and HazMat Awareness and HazMat Operations. The program, operated by the TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute, is also eligible for college credit through the Fire Science Technology degree program at Blinn College.
The Recruit Firefighter Program staff members include Donald Boggs, David Rosier, Jason Loyd, Cary Roccaforte, Matt Wallace and Denise Littlejohn.
TEEX has trained more than 5,000 certifiable firefighters since 1971, and has graduates working across Texas, the United States, Canada and the world.
Learn more about the TEEX traditional and blended learning Firefighter Academies.
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