Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away

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It was a stormy end to Day-2 of Spanish Fire School. The threat of lightning during the late afternoon sounded the alarm that sent hundreds of firefighters into various shelters located on Brayton Fire Training Field. And while the light rainfall was an annoyance to the bomberos, it was joyously received by the community, which hasn’t experienced significant rainfall in many weeks.

Before the rain, though, a variety of training props were utilized Tuesday, including the Tank & Dike, the Structural Burn Facility and the Pipe Rack, which are among the more than 130 training stations at Brayton Fire Training Field.

Record number of women

Interestingly, out of the 700 Spanish-speaking firefighters attending this year’s annual school, approximately 50 are women. Fire school officials believe it’s the largest group of women to ever attend Spanish Fire School.

Journalists experience Brayton
Joining the bomberos today were journalists from the Bryan-College Station Eagle and La Prensa of San Antonio, who got a brief glimpse at what it’s like to be part of a trained, coordinated team that battles huge fires.

Tomorrow - Day 3: Memorial ceremonyDay-3 will include the traditional noon ceremony at the Guest Instructors’ Memorial Wall, which honors the late guest instructors who have taught during the Spanish, Industrial and Municipal Fire Schools throughout the years.

Instructors’ names are engraved in the granite wall, giving lasting memory to those who dedicated at least 10 years to training firefighters at Brayton each summer. Over the years, many of these instructors used vacation time and paid their own expenses to train their emergency response counterparts.

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