TEEX Hosts 93rd Annual Municipal Fire Training School Week
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is holding its 93rd annual fire school training July 24-29 at Brayton Fire Training Field.
More than 900 municipal and volunteer firefighters and nearly 300 guest instructors come together this week to learn essential skills through training to prepare them for real-life scenarios.
TEEX says having a “safe, capable and equipped fire department is essential to managing fires locally and reducing the amount of state assistance needed”.
Chief Gordon Lohmeyer is the Head of Annual Schools and Director of the Fire and Emergency Services Division through TEEX.
“We have 954 registered participants,” Lohmeyer said. “We have nearly 300 guest instructors delivering training on our behalf, so it’s a substantial footprint for the Brazos Valley.”
Sophia Rivera is an EMT firefighter in Bexar County and is attending fire school this week to brush up on her skills.
“I think it’s a good reminder to revisit stuff like that again that way we know how to tackle fires and situations that have that kind of equipment in them,” Rivera said.
Chef Lohmeyer says participants will leave this program well prepared for the field.
“The prep room; people are going to be able to return to their home departments, communities and businesses better educated and better able to serve,” he said.
Rivera says helping people is her calling and being an EMT firefighter gives her the opportunity to help people in many ways.
She shares with us how she navigates this industry as a female EMT.
“As a woman, it’s a lot harder for me, especially handling the hose and all that,” Rivera said. “I really appreciate guys or any instructor showing us different ways to carry a pipe or do things to make it easier for us.”
Before becoming an EMT firefighter, Rivera says she originally wanted to be an EMS, but soon learned she would need fire training, not realizing it would inspire her to change. way.
“I really enjoyed it,” Rivera said. “That’s where I am now. I stick with it as long as I can. I really like the job. Vigorous as it is, it’s a lot of fun and family-oriented work.
Chief Lohmeyer says trainings like this have a positive impact on the state of Texas.
“We are educators, so if we can educate people to a certain level, give them the skills, give them the tools to be safer, to be successful and to protect their communities, I mean, that’s what it’s about,” he said.
A TEEX guest instructor says this training school gives participants the opportunity to connect with others and gain hands-on experience.
“It gives many departments the opportunity to come together and train with other departments,” said Terry Stanford, guest instructor, TEEX Municipal Fire School. “It gives them some very unique and convenient training evolutions that you usually can’t pick up in your hometown departments.”
Rivera looks forward to the hands-on experience as she has been a paramedic for nearly two years.
She’s helped with a handful of fires, but loves the opportunity to prepare for any scenario.
“When we get our lights on, formations like this are really exciting,” Rivera said. “It gives us more hands-on experience.”
“It’s very important that we be prepared and be resilient as a community of first responders to protect the citizens of the great state of Texas,” Lohmeyer said.
As we continue to see extremely hot temperatures and dry weather conditions, TEEX says this formation is vital in the state of Texas.