Starting this morning Industrial Firefighters from around the globe converged on Brayton Fire School next to the Easterwood Airport in College Station. With temperatures tipping 100 degrees today these men and women will be battling some of the hottest fires. They include simulated refinery fires, 19-wheeler tanker fires. warehouse fires and just about any fire you can imagine. Fires which add tremendous heat to the area. This includes several different rescue scenarios. This is the 56th year the school has been put on by TEEX. The first week was a Spanish School, this week is industrial and next week is what is called Municipal School where many locals will also be training. Some of these firefighters have never touched a hose o pump panel. By the time they leave at the end of the week they will have some extensive training. Companies like Dow, Valero, Phillips, Exxon even railroads will send their people to train. Back in the 70’s the school attendance was large, but the training was limited to house fires, car rescues, a loading dock fire an a multi-story building fire. This year the field has grown even more. One area is called Disaster City. Disaster City includes a strip shopping center where it is possible to collapse the roof, a multistory collapsed parking garage. A collapsed building in which several voids have been made to place victims for search and rescue. A ship has been brought in as well as a passenger train, several 18-wheelers in various dangerous positions. Some of the manufacturers are also showing off their equipment, pumps capable of pumping 6300 gallons per minute. Besides the training school, it is also home to Texas Task Force 1. Task Force 1 is ready to roll 24/7. Since 1997 it has responded to over 100 deployments. Last year alone they responded for the Fort Hood Search, Canton Tornados, Cindy, Harvey, Irma, Maria and the Del Rio floods. They are one of 28 teams under the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue System. Many think firefighting may be fun. It is nowhere like to was years ago. These firefighters train hard all week and the best part is they bring the knowledge home with them to teach members of their departments.

Command & General Staff Functions for Industrial/Local Incident Management Teams
NFPA 472 HazMat Incident Commander
NFPA 472 HazMat Technician Training
NFPA 472 HazMat Transport Specialist Training
Incident Safety Officer
NFPA 472-Chapter 16–Flammable Liquid Bulk Storage Specialist
NFPA 1081 Advanced Exterior Firefighting for Industrial Brigades
NFPA 1081 Advanced Interior Firefighting for Industrial Brigades
NFPA 1081 Fire Brigade Leadership
NFPA 1041 Instructor I
NFPA 1041 Instructor II
EMS100 Emergency Medical Responder
NFPA 1006 Confined Space Levels I & II Certification
NFPA 1006 Rope Rescue Level I Certification
NFPA 1006 Rope Rescue Level II Certification
Trench Rescue Level I and II Certification

Public Information Officer
Public Fire Educator I
Public Fire Educator II
Firefighting Phase I
Firefighting Phase II
Firefighting Phase III
Firefighting Phase IV
Firefighting Phase V
Transportation Emergencies
Rescue IV: Ag Rescue
Rescue I: Rope Rescue Awareness and Operations NFPA 1006
Rescue II: Trench Rescue
Rescue III: Automobile Extrication
Rescue V: Confined Space Rescue
Rescue VI: Rope Rescue Technician
Fire Service Leadership Development – Strategy & Tactics Unique to Firefighting
Fire Department Pump Maintenance / EVT
NFPA 1002 Driver Operator/Pumper Phase 1
NFPA 1002 Driver Operator/Pumper Phase 2
Emergency Medical Responder
Fire Officer I
Fire Officer II
NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer
Plans Examiner I
Fire Inspector I
Fire Inspector II
NFPA 1041 Instructor I
NFPA 1041 Instructor II
Fire Investigator Phase I
Fire Investigator Phase II
Fire Investigator TCFP Course Completer
Public Safety Telecommunicator I –
Public Safety Telecommunicator II
S-190/S-130 Wildland Introduction and Firefighting Training
Large Animal Rescue Expanded Operations: Integrating Veterinary Medicine & First Responders

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