Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Little Bomberos

Haz clic aquí para ver la versión en español.

They have only been around each other one week a year for the last three years, but when you watch them terrorize the grounds of the Brayton Fire Training Field, it appears as if they have known each other forever.

Oscar Alanis (left), from Rio Grande City, Texas, has been coming to TEEX’s Annual Spanish Fire Training School for the last five years. The thing is, he’s a 13-year-old junior high student. Oscar comes with his dad, Oscar, a six-year veteran instructor of TEEX’s annual school.

Three years ago before making the annual trip to College Station, Oscar’s dad asked him if he wanted company at the fire school. Oscar responded, “Sure. Then maybe I won’t be so bored.”

The elder Alanis called another fire school instructor, Arturo Leyva, to see if he wanted to bring his son, Allen, in hopes of giving Oscar some company.

A friendship was born. Three years later, Oscar and Allen are now two of the most well known people at the field during Spanish week. All the instructors and veteran students know the duo. The new firefighters know them by the time the week is over.

Their favorite thing to do is watch the props burn while the bomberos fight the fires. They point and talk about what is going on during exercises - dissecting the events unfolding in front of them.

In case you are wondering, they do both want to be firefighters. “I’ve already read the firefighter manual and I want to work in a big city like Houston,” Oscar boasted. Allen quickly responded, “I just want to stay in Mexico.”

Ah well, maybe they too can become instructors during Spanish school and continue to see each other once a year.

NOTE: Additional pictures from today are in the post below.

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