7/22/2005 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION – More than 2,500 firefighters and 500 guest instructors from throughout Texas and the nation will converge at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Brayton Fire Training Field July 24-29 for the 76th Annual Texas Municipal Fire Training School.
The Municipal School is the largest of its kind across the country, attracting firefighters from the state’s smallest volunteer fire departments to those serving the largest metropolitan areas. Courses include basic and advanced firefighting, fire prevention, rescue operations, fire officer development, aircraft firefighting and emergency service dispatch.
All of the hands-on training is provided by guest instructors who donate their time, services and travel expenses to ensure that firefighters are adequately prepared to respond to a wide range of emergency situations. It is not uncommon for guest instructors to have taught at the Municipal School for 25, 40 or even 50 years.
The Texas Municipal Fire Training School is conducted by TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, and sponsored by the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association. Training is conducted at Brayton Field, recognized as the largest live-fueled fire training facility in the world.
School registration and a firefighter trade show will kick events off on Sunday, July 24, at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena. The trade show is one of the nation’s largest and includes the latest in firefighting equipment and apparatus. The Reed Arena parking lot and interior floors will be filled with everything from fire trucks of all sizes to clothing.
The first Municipal School was held in 1930 as part of the Texas A&M University chemistry department and attracted 196 firefighters representing 76 cities and towns. The following year the Texas Legislature authorized Texas A&M to create and operate a permanent firemen’s training school.
Now, TEEX’s Municipal Fire Training School enrolls more than 2,500 fire suppression, control, and safety personnel from municipalities, industries, state and federal agencies, and the armed services, representing approximately 775 cities from 25 states and numerous provinces and countries.
The Municipal School is the largest of the four TEEX annual fire schools that burn up the Texas skies each year. The schools include a Spring Fire School each March and Spanish, Industrial and Municipal Fire Schools in July.
TEEX is hosting its 43rd Annual Industrial Fire Training School this week, which has attracted 540 students, from 7 countries and representing 123 departments/agencies, who are learning the latest techniques in industrial firefighting, controlling hazardous materials and conducting rescues. The Municipal School wraps up the third week of the annual firefighting schools.
TEEX is recognized as the world’s premier emergency services training institute. Each year, TEEX trains more than 70,000 firefighters and emergency responders from throughout Texas, all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.