600 Spanish-speaking firefighters attend TEEX fire training school

7/11/2002 12:00 AM

In Guadalajara, Mexico, 400 firefighters are responsible for protecting the lives and property of four million people through only four fire stations. It’s a big job, and some of those dedicated emergency response professionals are learning how to do it better, through TEEX and the Texas Fire Training School’s 36th Annual Spanish School.

More than 600 Spanish-speaking students from 15 countries are spending the week in College Station to attend the Texas Fire Training School’s 36th Annual Spanish School conducted by the Emergency Services Training Institute of TEEX.

Students from as far away as Mexico, Argentina and Spain are receiving a wide array of firefighting and emergency response training from a dedicated group of over 140 guest instructors. An enormous commitment to the profession is displayed each year as all Annual School instructors are volunteers who not only donate their time and expertise, but travel to College Station at their own expense and often use their vacation time to devote their time and attention to training fellow emergency service professionals.

While some of the students have been sent to the Annual School by large companies or corporations, others have saved money and literally gone the distance to attend this prestigious school. Pat Barrett, Municipal Program Manager, hears many stories during the week, including one about a fire fighter who found an economical way to complete part of the long trip from South America: securing a ride on a Russian barge heading toward the United States.

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