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Thousands of firefighters from around the globe will travel to College Station to participate in the nation’s premier fire training schools at the world’s largest, live-fire fueled training facility: Brayton Fire Training Field.
Through this blog, you can follow the action, stories, images and video of this year's spectacle.
Hosted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, the schools include:
July 7-11: 42nd Annual Spanish Fire Training School
The Spanish Fire Training School annually hosts nearly 600 Spanish-speaking firefighters who learn skills ranging from basic firefighting operations to officer development. These firefighters will learn from the experience and knowledge of approximately 200 volunteer instructors who teach only in Spanish. This year, student firefighters will travel from Central and South America, Europe and even Africa.
July 14-18: 46th Annual Industrial Fire Training School
The Industrial Fire Training School begins the following week, when more than 500 firefighters and safety personnel will receive training on the latest industrial firefighting, rescue and hazardous materials control techniques.
July 21-25: 79th Annual Municipal Fire Training School
The last of the three annual firefighter training schools, the Municipal Fire Training School, will include more than 2,500 firefighters and 500 guest instructors from throughout Texas and the nation. This is the largest school of its kind in the world, attracting firefighters from the state’s smallest volunteer fire departments to those serving the largest metropolitan areas.
Instructors: All of the hands-on training is provided by guest instructors who donate their time, services and travel expenses to ensure that firefighters, emergency medical, and response personnel are adequately prepared to respond to a wide range of emergency situations. It’s not uncommon for guest instructors to have taught at the Municipal School for more than 40 years.
History of the Fire School: The first Municipal School was held in 1930 as part of the Texas A&M University chemistry department and attracted 196 firefighters representing 76 cities and towns. The following year the Texas Legislature authorized Texas A&M to create and operate a permanent firefighter training school in College Station. Shortly thereafter, TEEX was formally established, and the agency is now recognized as the world’s premier emergency services training institute. Each year, TEEX trains more than 80,000 firefighters and emergency responders from throughout Texas, all 50 states and more than 40 countries.