10/12/2007 12:00 AM
Graduates of the TEEX Unexploded Ordnance Technician I program are now approved by the Canadian government to conduct UXO clearance operations in Canada. The approval, which was granted by the Canadian Director of Ammunition and Explosives Regulation, was based on a review of the course content, testimonials from officials with the UXO and Legacy Sites Program and the approval of the course by the U.S. Department of Defense.
This clears the way for graduates of the TEEX UXO Tech I course - whether Canadians or U.S. citizens - to work in Canada, said Course Coordinator Ed Fritz of TEEX Public Safety & Security.
"This is good news for the TEEX UXO course that Canada now recognizes our program," Fritz added. "In the past, they would only hire recently retired military EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Technicians to work in the Canadian UXO industry. We are also exploring the possibility of offering a UXO Tech I course in Canada."
The TEEX UXO program was recently featured in major newspapers across the state, and was filmed by CBS Evening News and WFAA-TV in Dallas for upcoming news shows.