3/21/2005 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will host the National Fire/Emergency Service Exploring Conference June 20-24. Up to 1,000 youth from across the nation are expected to attend this year’s conference in College Station.
The conference gives 14- to 20-year-olds a chance to learn about careers and educational opportunities in the fire and emergency services disciplines. The Fire/Emergency Service Exploring is a career education program sponsored by Learning for Life, which emphasizes career, service, leadership, life skills and character education. The conference will be coordinated by TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute, and students will be housed in dormitories at Texas A&M University.
Teens attending the conference will compete in individual and team events as well as attend seminars. They will also witness live firefighting and rescue demonstrations conducted by TEEX, tour the Texas A&M University campus and attend a career fair.
Individual and team events include CPR, arson investigation, room search, bunker gear and SCBA relay, ladder raise, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Wildfire Shelter Deployment. Explorer posts will also compete in a drill competition and a bucket brigade.