TEEX industrial fire school holds 59th training, city participants from around the world
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – The 59th annual TEEX Industrial Firefighter School began this week.
This week alone, approximately 500 students are preparing at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Ground. They gain hands-on experience within the fire industry, including leadership and communication skills.
“We are so lucky to have this facility so close to us,” said one student.
Since 1929, the annual firefighter training schools have trained thousands of firefighters and emergency personnel.
This week the focus is on workers in the industry.
“These students are mainly from the energy sector … from polymer refining factories … from chemical factories … from tank farms … These are people who make a product,” said said Gordon Lohmeyer, director of the TEEX ESTI division.
“So far everything has gone well… world class facilities, world class teaching. Lots of learning opportunities,” said Joel White, a student at TEEX Industrial Fire School.
White, employed by the Dow Chemical Company, says he is learning how to continue to protect himself, his factory and his co-workers.
“…. to be able to simulate real events that might occur in the treatment units at home and to work on my communication and team building skills with people I don’t know so well. . I think it’s a great opportunity too, ”White said.
TEEX Fire School Chief Gordon Lohmeyer calls the school and his services a one-stop-shop for emergency responder training.
“We typically train around 120,000 first responders each year… an impressive number. We are heavily used by municipal fire departments. We run 7 recruiting academies per year. We have an EMS program with EMT paramedic deliveries … Leadership training …. Industrial fire … Hazardous materials … Rescue … to name a few, “Lohmeyer said.
This week … Industrial. “Liquefied gas fires … Flammable and combustible liquid fires … Vehicle fires … Pipeline fires …”
Next week, municipal.
“Same kind of format as this week… different audience. We’ll see both volunteer and paid firefighters, international clients and out-of-state clients,” Lohmeyer added.
Lohmeyer, proud and happy to be back with his customers after last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are delighted… we are delighted to meet our customers in a face-to-face environment,” added Lohmeyer.
“There’s no other facility in the world that can do what these people here and that’s great,” White explained.
Each July there are three one-week trainings. The first is their “Spanish firefighting school”, which teaches people from Spanish-speaking countries. The next one (which is currently this week) is aimed at “industrial” workers and the following week, next week will be their “municipal firefighting school”, which will include firefighters, volunteers and paid.
“We want to provide training and opportunities for students to operate more safely during an emergency, protect their business, protect their community and also protect critical assets from the environment,” explained Lohmeyer.
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