7/15/2008 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION — More than 580 industrial firefighters and safety personnel representing 23 states and 10 countries are attending the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 46th Annual Industrial Fire School this week at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field.
The Industrial School is one of the few firefighting schools across the country where emergency responders can obtain the latest industrial firefighting and hazardous materials control certifications through the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA. NFPA standards are recognized internationally for firefighting and hazardous material control qualifications and are the foremost education standards in emergency response.
About the instructors, students
More than 200 highly-qualified guest instructors and speakers from industrial and manufacturing companies train the emergency responders through the extensive classroom and hands-on exercises. Many of these instructors donate their time, services and expenses to ensure that firefighters are adequately prepared to respond to various industrial emergencies.
Firefighters attending this week’s Industrial Fire School are from The Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and the United States.
Spanish, Industrial, Municipal
The Industrial School is the second of three week-long annual firefighter training schools hosted by TEEX each summer. Last week, 705 firefighters from 18 countries attended the 42nd Annual Spanish Fire School. The 79th Annual Municipal Fire School will wrap up the three schools July 21-25. Training is conducted at the Brayton Fire Training Field, recognized as the world’s largest live-fire, fueled training facility with more than 100 specific training sites. The facilities are life-sized combustible replicas, representing everything from oil tankers to refineries.
Dates to watch
July 16: Guest Instructors’ Memorial Ceremony, 7:30 a.m.
July 21-25: 79th Annual Municipal Fire School
July 20: Trade show for emergency responders, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Reed Arena, TAMU
Among nation’s largest and features latest fire trucks and firefighting equipment
July 23: Guest Instructors’ Memorial Ceremony, 12 p.m.
July 23: Public night burn. Everyone is invited. Gates open 7 p.m. A children’s fire-awareness class – featuring clowns – begins at 7:30 p.m. Immediately following the awareness class, live fire prop demonstrations will be burned on the field.
(New!) Fire School Blog: Follow the Action
Follow the action of the annual fire schools by visiting the blog: www.teexfireschool08.blogspot.com.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. Agency programs include fire services, homeland security, public safety and security, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and economic solutions.
Please let us know ahead of time if you plan to cover any of these events, either in person or by phone, so we may be prepared to fully meet your needs.