Thursday, July 16, 2009

Why have fire school in the summer?

Click on the photos to the left to see two different slideshows of pictures taken Thursday at Industrial Fire School.

Yesterday we wrote about how hot it is during the annual summer fire training schools. We get the following question all the time. And it’s a good question.

Why does TEEX host the fire schools in the middle of the hot Texas summer?
Hopefully, the following will help clear the air.

In 1929, at the encouragement of State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas, the legislature selected Texas A&M for a permanent fire school. Originally, the fire school was operated by Texas A&M’s Chemistry Department headed by Col. H.R. Brayton, whom the current fire training field is named after.

A year later, the first annual school attracted 196 firefighters from 76 Texas towns and cities for two days of drills and ground practice. This school was held in the summer simply because the university students were gone and the dorms were available.

Today – 80 annual schools later – the schools are still held in the summer. According to Shannon Overby, Executive Director of the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, having the schools in the summer is a good thing for the local economy.

“The Fire Schools that TEEX holds here in Bryan-College Station continue to make a significant economic impact on our community,” Overby said. “Even though it is hot, these classes were originally planned for a slow time in our community – fewer students, away from football games and major conferences. Having the classes in the summer also allows the firefighters to bring their families for a mini-vacation to enjoy Aggieland.”

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