TEEX kicks off first week of annual fire school

Training for Spanish speaking first responders held this week.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Over the next three weeks 4,000 emergency responders and instructors will be visiting college station to participate in TEEX Annual Fire Schools.

Over the course of the fire school, responders gain skills such as fighting large scale fires, handling hazardous material and natural disaster training. 

Associate Divisions Director Jason Moats says the unique thing about week one of training is that it's all taught in Spanish. 

"This week is completely done in Spanish so we have folks from 28 different countries all taking about 21 different courses all in Spanish," said Moats. 

This is the 51st year TEEX fire has offered the week long Spanish training school, which Operations Deputy Chief Juan Gloria says is really important in bridging that language barrier gap so responders in other countries can also receive specialty training.

"We all do speak one language and that language is the language of fire service, putting an emphasis on the word service. They all serve wherever they come from we all serve them here," said Gloria.  

As someone who was born in Mexico, Gloria says he understands the importance of these fire fighters from around the world being able to come to TEEX for one of a kind training.

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