COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) will host the 33rd Annual Spring Fire School March 8 – March 13, 2021 at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas.
More than 250 students along with 30 guest instructors are expected at this year’s school. Annual Spring Fire School offers the unique opportunity for both municipal and industrial emergency responders to train during the same week in each of the major emergency response disciplines of firefighting, hazardous materials, and rescue.
“It’s a specialized week of training where we have customers from rural volunteer fire department to large metro departments to industrial facilities such as chemical plants and refineries coming together for a common goal; to become more proficient in their jobs as an emergency responder,” said Gordon Lohmeyer, Division Director of TEEX-ESTI.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety precautions are in place to protect both students and staff at this year’s school.
“During this year’s Spring School, we will observe precautions due to COVID 19 concerns such as daily health screening of participants and guests, wearing of masks while indoors or when social distancing cannot be maintained while outdoors, practice good personal hygiene, follow social distancing guidance and most importantly by making a commitment to keep each other safe,” said Lohmeyer.
The best time for media interviews of students and TEEX staff will be Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 10 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Students and guest instructors will be engaged in both classroom and hands-on learning at various locations including Brayton Fire Training Field, Disaster City®, and on campus at Texas A&M University. Any media who would like to visit the school must undergo a health screening prior to being admitted to the facility.