7/6/2005 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION – More than 600 Spanish-speaking firefighters from around the world are expected to travel to the Brayton Fire Training Field July 10-15 to extensively train and learn the latest firefighting techniques during the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 39th Annual Spanish Fire Training School.
Studying everything from basic firefighting operations to officer development, the firefighters learn from the experience and knowledge of approximately 250 volunteer instructors – teaching only in Spanish.
Participants travel to College Station from as far away as South America and Europe and range from the basic volunteer responder to experienced career firefighters. While many of the participants are being sent to the school by their employers, others rely only on their personal savings and dedication to journey to the world-renowned, one-of-a-kind, school.
Training is conducted at the Brayton Fire Training Field, recognized as the world’s largest live-fueled fire training facility with 132 “props” or specific training stations. TEEX is recognized as the world’s premier emergency services training institute, training more than 70,000 firefighters and emergency responders from throughout Texas, all 50 states and more than 40 countries each year.
Registration for the Spanish School begins on Sunday, July 10, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, located adjacent to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. After completing the week-long training, the firefighters, their families and instructors will gather for a graduation ceremony and banquet July 14 at 7 p.m. in Reed Arena on the Texas A&M University campus.
The Spanish School is the first of three week-long annual fire schools hosted by TEEX each summer. The 43nd Annual Industrial Fire School is scheduled for July 17-22, with the 76th Annual Municipal Fire School following July 24-29.
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.