Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Texas Engineering Extension Service hosts public firefighting demonstration

TEEX Hosts Unique Public Burn

For 81 years, the smoke in the sky told Brazos Valley residents that the summer fire schools were in session. Tonight, everyone is welcome at the Brayton Fire Training Center for a Public Firefighting Demonstration. Gates at the Smith Building on Nuclear Science Road open at 7 p.m. To get there, just enter Easterwood Airport through the general aviation entrance on George Bush Drive, and turn left at the wind tunnel. The Smith Building will be down the road on your left. map 

UPDATE - 9:12pm Thanks for coming, everyone! Drive carefully.
8:46pm Moving through prop 46. Beautiful night!

8:04pm Fires beginning. wet
7:51pm Moving outside again to begin the burns.
7:48pm Enjoying watching TEEX videos with everyone in the Smith Operations Center. Still on a lightning hold.
7:36pm Lightning alarm. Everyone's taking shelter.
7:32pm Despite light rain, the children's fire awareness class has begun. There is plenty of cover!

This evening’s program begins with a children’s fire-awareness class at 7:30 p.m. Afterward, Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) instructors will explain and demonstrate fire-extinguishing techniques on selected full-scale, live-fire training props. Speaking from experience, these demonstrations can be very impressive, giving the observer a taste of the heat and noise that accompanies fires. If you live in the area, you shouldn’t miss this unique opportunity.

This demonstration only highlights TEEX’s 81st Annual Municipal Fire Training School. This year, more than 1,900 students and 502 guest instructors and safety officers are in attendance. This is the largest school of its kind in the world and is hosted by TEEX, in conjunction with the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas.

I’ll be at the event, so watch the TEEXblog throughout the evening for updates, photos and video. Photos from all of this year’s schools are available on TEEX’s Flickr page, and get updates all the time on Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)’s Facebook page or Twitter account.

Sam White is a communications specialist and blogger for the Texas Engineering Extension Service and welcomes your comments. Know of something interesting happening at TEEX? Please submit blog ideas to

1 comment:

Heidi said...

Wow! Looks like a great time despite the rain. Thanks for the updates.