7/22/2004 12:00 AM
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will kick off the 75th anniversary of the Texas Municipal Fire Training School at a press conference Sunday, July 25, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at Reed Arena, Room 050. The Municipal Fire Training School is conducted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and is one of the largest fire training programs in the country.
Cornyn will discuss the important role firefighters play in homeland security and in protecting citizens and infrastructure. As part of the press conference, Cornyn will visit with some of the 3,000 firefighters registering Sunday for the weeklong fire training school. He will also tour vendor exhibits in Reed Arena displaying the newest homeland security, firefighting and emergency response equipment.
Firefighters are generally the first responders to any accident or emergency scene, and thus are vital in protecting our country in the event of a terrorist attack. Nowhere was this more evident than in the New York Fire Department’s role in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Through TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, more than 100,000 firefighters, emergency response personnel, mayors and city officials, and other municipal and health workers from across the country have received training in identifying threats and responding to potential terrorist and WMD incidents.
The Texas Municipal Fire Training School was established by the Texas Legislature in 1930 and provides integral training for emergency responders from small towns to major metropolitan areas in order to ensure the safety of citizens and communities. About 500 guest instructors donate their time, expertise and travel expenses for the fire school as a testament to their commitment to the firefighting profession and the training of fellow emergency services professionals. Training is conducted at the Brayton Fire Training Field, recognized as the world’s largest live-fueled fire training facility, and at Disaster City.
Cornyn’s visit will begin the weeklong celebration of a 75-year commitment by the state and The Texas A&M University System of offering the best firefighter training in the world. The celebration will culminate with a public ceremony and firefighting demonstrations at the Brayton Fire Training Field on Wednesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. The Wednesday celebration will include activities for kids and will end with a fireworks display. Free event parking will be available at Reed Arena and air-conditioned shuttle buses will be running to the Brayton Fire Training Field.
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