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12/12/2017

28 new officers graduate from Central Texas Police Academy


Twenty-eight new peace officers graduated from the Central Texas Police Academy after 18 weeks of comprehensive classroom and hands-on training conducted by TEEX.

12/7/2017

63 complete Basic Economic Development Course in Austin


Sixty-three participants learned about the concepts, tools and skills needed to be successful in economic development during the Basic Economic Development Course in Austin.

11/27/2017

Three Technology Winners to receive Product Development assistance from TEEX


Three companies developing technologies to enhance emergency response and homeland security are the 2017 winners of the Defense to Response Showcase: Applied Research Associates Inc., DetectaChem LLC and Southwest Synergistic Solutions. Each will receive $110,000 in product development assistance to transition to the first responder marketplace.

11/26/2017

53 graduate from 154th TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy


Fifty-three new firefighters graduated from the 154th TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy, after completing 12 weeks of classroom and hands-on training at the Brayton Fire Training Field.

11/3/2017

56 TEEX Courses Recommended for College Credit by ACE


The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended college credit for 56 TEEX courses, including 17 Water & Wastewater courses, which were reviewed and recommended for ACE credit for the first time.

11/2/2017

Texas Workforce Commission Awards $2 Million Skills Development Fund Grant to TEEX


The Texas Workforce Commission awarded a $2 Million Skills Development Fund Grant to TEEX, which will fund customized training for 759 employees at six manufacturing companies in four counties.

10/26/2017

Fourteen Search & Rescue Canine Teams pass FEMA certification exam at Disaster City


Fourteen Canine Search & Rescue teams from across the United States passed the test to become a FEMA-certified canine team during trials held at TEEX's Disaster City®.

10/25/2017

34 complete Fire Service CEO program at Mays Business School


Thirty-four fire service leaders completed the capstone Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) leadership certificate program, delivered by TEEX and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.

10/23/2017

TMAC receives grant to help manufacturers recover from Hurricane Harvey


Funding from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will help small and medium-sized manufacturers in Texas recover from facility damage, labor shortages and other disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey.

10/19/2017

Training in ICS, Incident Action Plan helps volunteers deliver hurricane relief services


TEEX training helps volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul - USA Disaster Services assist people impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

10/18/2017

Texas Task Force 1 experiences busy hurricane season, stands ready for next storm


Members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) have had a busy hurricane season so far, most recently returning from a FEMA deployment to Puerto Rico.

9/26/2017

Instructor training aims to reduce hazmat shipping incidents


Hazardous Materials Instructor Training is available at no cost in 12 states to help reduce transportation incidents involving hazardous materials. The training is offered by TEEX thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

9/8/2017

Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes from Harvey, members return home


TX-TF1 completed demobilization today after 14 days of search and rescue, evacuation and other life-safety operations across the state during one of the largest natural disaster events in history. Harvey made landfall on the Texas Coast as a category 4 hurricane and then became a major tropical storm, dropping a record-breaking 51.88 inches of rain on the state

9/5/2017

TX-TF1 continues to assist coastal communities experiencing major flooding


TX-TF1 and TX-TF2 urban search and rescue (US&R) teams continue to support local jurisdictions in Brazoria County, where the Brazos River is in a "flood of record" status. In Harris County, the teams are assisting the local fire department with evacuations of a community near Buffalo Bayou.

9/2/2017

TX-TF1 continues operations as river flooding remains in East, Southeast Texas


Texas Task Force 1, Texas Task Force 2, and other state and federal resources are still conducting life-safety operations and search and rescue operations across much of Southeast and East Texas as flooding continues.

9/1/2017

TX-TF1 rescue operations continue for river flooding in East, Southeast Texas


TX-TF1 and TX-TF2 US&R Task Forces are continuing search and rescue operations in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties and southeast Houston. TX-TF1 Water Rescue Squads and TX-TF1 Helicopter Search and Rescue Technicians continued conducting water rescue operations in Liberty, Chambers, Jefferson and Orange counties.

8/31/2017

TX-TF1 rescue operations continue in Southeast Texas


TX-TF1 and TX-TF2 US&R Task Forces are continuing to conduct rescues and evacuations of people and their pets in areas of Southeast Texas after Tropical Depression Harvey dropped more rain in the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas before moving into Louisiana.

8/30/2017

Texas Task Force 1 continues rescue operations in Texas


Texas Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2 are engaged in supporting countless rescues and evacuations in Southeast Houston, where record flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey displaced people and pets from their homes.

8/27/2017

Task Force Response continues for Tropical Storm Harvey


Texas Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2 are assisting local personnel with response operations in the Corpus Christi and Houston areas.

8/25/2017

Search and Rescue Task Forces activated for Hurricane Harvey


Texas Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2 search and rescue teams have been activated in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast.

8/24/2017

Courtroom Testimony Basics – Online Course is Tuition-Free until Sept. 30


A new online course on presenting effective courtroom testimony is available tuition-free until Sept. 30, 2017.

8/23/2017

38 graduate from Online Firefighter Recruit Academy


Thirty-eight new firefighters graduated from the 16th Online Firefighter Recruit Academy after completing 335 hours of online training and a 210-hour, hands-on firefighting "boot camp."

8/8/2017

Emergency personnel get fired up at annual Texas Fire Training Schools


Approximately 2,600 firefighters and emergency services personnel from across the state, the nation and the world flocked to Brayton Fire Training Field in July to attend one of three weeklong Fire Training Schools.

7/31/2017

Davis selected Chair of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium


TEEX Deputy Director Al Davis has been tapped to serve as Chair of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).

7/26/2017

Aug. 15 Deadline: Seeking Technologies to enhance Public Safety & Homeland Security


The Defense to Response Technology Program (D2R) is seeking DoD-funded technologies with the potential to enhance public safety and homeland security. Companies must apply by Aug. 15, 2017, to be eligible for up to $110,000 of product development services.

7/20/2017

TEEX, Texas A&M-Texarkana team up to offer safety and health training for veterans


Texas A&M University-Texarkana is now approved to offer TEEX training leading to a Certified Safety and Health Official® (CSHO) certificate for students wishing to use their VA education benefits. These students will also be eligible for up to 24 hours of college credit.

7/13/2017

Agreement will expand UAS training, credentialing to Public Safety Agencies across the U.S.


An agreement between TEEX and Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Corporation will enhance the integration of Unmanned Aircraft / Aerial Systems (UAS) by public safety agencies.

7/10/2017

Angerer named Public Sector Program Director for Emergency Services Training Institute


Chris Angerer is the new Public Sector Program Director for TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute. Angerer brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the municipal fire and emergency response service.

6/27/2017

Explosives Handler Training Program graduates first class


Employees from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently graduated from the inaugural Explosives Handler Training Program, an innovative partnership between LLNL and TEEX.

6/26/2017

55 graduate from TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy


The 153rd Firefighter Recruit Academy held its graduation on June 23. The graduates were from Texas, Ohio, California, Hawaii and Canada.

6/21/2017

Cheshire becomes president of State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association


Harvie Cheshire, Training Director with TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute, is the new president of the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA).

6/19/2017

64 learn the concepts, tools and skills for economic development


Sixty-four new economic developers from Texas and Louisiana graduated from the Basic Economic Development Course, which is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

6/13/2017

26 new officers graduate from Central Texas Police Academy


Twenty-six new peace officers graduated from the Central Texas Police Academy on June 9, after 18 weeks of comprehensive classroom and hands-on training.

5/25/2017

Chaminade University offers college credit for TEEX training


A new agreement between TEEX and Chaminade University of Honolulu will allow students to apply their TEEX training toward a bachelor’s degree. The university will grant up to 45 hours of college credit for TEEX courses.

5/23/2017

35 complete Fire Service CEO program at Mays Business School


Thirty-five fire service leaders graduated from the capstone Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) certificate program on May 19. The professional development program is delivered in cooperation with the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University

5/10/2017

Active Shooter Incident Management course focuses on integrated response


Managing the response to an active shooter incident is the focus of a new course offered by TEEX in cooperation with Texas State University.

5/6/2017

Texas Task Force 1 conducts search following East Texas tornadoes


TX-TF1 deployed 80 personnel who worked with response partners to support and assist local responders, and searched 700 structures for tornado victims near the Canton area in Van Zandt and Rains counties.

5/3/2017

TEEX and Cyber World Institute address growing demand for IT, cybersecurity professionals


TEEX is collaborating with Cyber World Institute to meet the growing demand for IT and cybersecurity professionals by offering preparation courses for nationally recognized certifications.

4/25/2017

Event to highlight research & innovations in Unmanned Aircraft Systems


The Texas UAS Summit and Expo, set for May 9-10 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, will offer a comprehensive look at unmanned aerial systems and how the Lone Star State is shaping the industry.

4/24/2017

49 graduate from 15th Online Firefighter Recruit Academy


Forty-nine new firefighters graduated from the 15th Online Firefighter Recruit Academy after completing 335 hours of training online and an intensive 21-day firefighting “boot camp” at Brayton Fire Training Field.

4/5/2017

Cyber Innovation Camp offering 40 scholarships to high school students


Full scholarships are available for 40 high school students to attend the weeklong Cyber Innovation Camp offered by TEEX in June and August. The camp is designed to provide teens with an introduction to the computing and cybersecurity industry.

3/30/2017

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus program gets new facility at Brayton Fire Training Field


A new $2.4 million facility for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is under construction at Brayton Fire Training Field, where approximately 75,000 refills of SCBA are performed each year.

3/29/2017

53 new firefighters graduate from TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy


Fifty-three new firefighters graduated March 24 from the TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy, after completing 12 weeks of intensive training at the Brayton Fire Training Field.

3/28/2017

National Guard conducts disaster response exercise at Disaster City and RELLIS Campus


Joint Task Force 136 of the Texas National Guard is conducting a large-scale simulated disaster response training exercise this week at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Disaster City® in College Station, and the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus in Bryan.

3/20/2017

More than 400 beat the heat at Spring Fire School


More than 400 students and guest instructors attended the 29th Annual Spring Fire Training School on March 5-10.

2/20/2017

LandBros Aerial Receives UAS Credentials under Part 107


LandBros Aerial has received credentialing through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP), a program developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

2/3/2017

2017 Leadership Development Symposium has record attendance


The 9th annual TEEX Leadership Development Symposium in Frisco, TX, drew nearly 1,000 emergency responders, breaking previous attendance records.

2/1/2017

Moats, Hill honored with A&M System Regents Fellow Awards


Dr. Jason Moats and Lesa Hill of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) have received the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award, which is the highest honor given by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

1/31/2017

TEEX helps Houston emergency personnel prepare for Super Bowl LI


Nearly 650 emergency responders in the Houston metropolitan area are better prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl LI thanks, in part, to training they received from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

1/27/2017

LyondellBasell donation will fund TEEX HazMat training for six Houston-area fire departments


LyondellBasell announced a donation of $100,000 to fund specialized emergency training for six Houston-area fire departments. The donation will underwrite scholarships for HazMat training administered by TEEX.

1/17/2017

Employees honored with TEEX Distinguished Service Award


Five employees received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor awarded by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

1/13/2017

TEEX mourns loss of former Fire School Chief Henry D. Smith


Chief Henry D. Smith, former Division Director of the TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute and head of the Texas Fire School , died January 11, 2017, at age 99. He was the longest serving Chairman of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, from 1970 - 1987.

12/13/2016

TEEX, Blinn College partnering on workforce training


TEEX is partnering with Blinn College to provide quality workforce development training in Brazos County.

12/7/2016

25 new officers graduate from Central Texas Police Academy


Twenty-five new peace officers have graduated from Central Texas Police Academy after 18 weeks of comprehensive training.

12/2/2016

55 graduate from Firefighter Recruit Academy


Fifty-five new firefighters from Texas, California, Ohio, Hawaii and Canada have graduated from the 151st TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy.

12/1/2016

Leadership Development Symposium set to begin Jan. 9 in Frisco


The annual TEEX Leadership Development Symposium is scheduled for Jan. 9-11, 2017, in Frisco, Texas, and is expected to draw more than 800 Texas first responders.

11/22/2016

67 learn the basics of economic development in Frisco


Participants from Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Missouri learned about the concepts, tools and skills needed to be successful in economic development during the Basic Economic Development Course in Frisco, TX.

11/17/2016

AETOS Receives UAS Credentials under Part 107


AETOS, a member company of MISTRAS Group Inc., has received credentialing through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program.

11/2/2016

TEEX to provide technical assistance in China for Xinxing Heavy Industries


TEEX has signed a five-year agreement with Xinxing Heavy Industries Group to provide technical assistance for eight training centers to be constructed across China.

11/2/2016

Three DoD technologies to receive product development assistance to enter first responder marketplace


Three companies have been selected to receive assistance in tapping into the first responder marketplace through the TEEX Product Development Center. The companies selected by a panel of judges are Cultural Quotient Corporation, Protect The Force Inc. and Hearing Armor LLC.

10/17/2016

TEEX delivers emergency management policy and decision-making training for EMI Academy


TEEX provided emergency management training and exercises for the renowned Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, as part of its National Emergency Management Executive Academy for senior executives.

10/6/2016

Riggins appointed Associate Agency Director and Chief Information Officer


Vince Riggins has been tapped to serve as Associate Agency Director and Chief Information Officer of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

10/3/2016

TX-TF1 participates in U.S. Air Force Airlift Exercise


Texas Task Force 1’s Logistics and Communications team members participated in the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s “Operation Patriot Express” airlift exercise with the 315th, 433rd and 445th Airlift Wings.

9/30/2016

Talon Aerolytics Receives UAV Credentials


Georgia-based Talon Aerolytics is one of the first in the country to receive credentialing through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP). The program was developed by TEEX and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation.

9/15/2016

TEEX Center awarded $22 million through Homeland Security National Training Program


The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center® (NERRTC) at TEEX has been awarded $22 million in federal funding to continue to provide specialized homeland security and disaster preparedness training nationwide.

8/25/2016

40 graduate from TEEX Online Firefighter Recruit Academy


Forty new firefighters graduated from the 13th Online Firefighter Recruit Academy after completing 335 hours of training online, followed by an intensive 21-day, hands-on firefighting “boot camp” at Brayton Fire Training Field.

8/24/2016

Conroe Company Receives UAV Credentials


Conroe-based Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions is the fourth company to receive credentialing through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP).

8/18/2016

46 MBA students learn leadership skills, teamwork at Disaster City


Students in the Texas A&M Mays Business School Executive MBA Program participated in a Leadership Challenge and team-building exercise at Disaster City® on Aug. 3.

8/18/2016

TEEX Adopts PEC H2S – Hydrogen Sulfide – Clear Training Program


TEEX is offering the PEC Safety H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide) Clear 16-hour train-the-trainer course for instructors, as well as for individuals in need of a safety competency in hydrogen sulfide gas.

8/9/2016

Bethel University agreement gives TEEX students a pathway to college degree


TEEX students interested in applying their technical training toward a college degree can earn up to 30 credit hours at Bethel University in Tennessee.

8/9/2016

TEEX and Prairie View A&M team up to prepare students for highway construction jobs


Students learned skills this summer to prepare for jobs in the highway construction industry, through a collaboration between Prairie View A&M University and TEEX.

8/5/2016

Fired Up: 3,800+ attend Fire Training Schools in July


More than 3,800 students and guest instructors came to Brayton Fire Training Field for the three weeklong summer schools, which are held each July in College Station.

7/20/2016

TEEX receives DOT grant to offer Hazardous Materials Instructor Training


The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded TEEX a half-million dollar grant to provide instructor training to reduce shipping incidents involving hazardous materials.

7/19/2016

Magnolia-based company receives drone operator credentials


Texas-based DronePro is the third company to receive credentialing through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP), a program developed by TEEX and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

7/12/2016

TEEX Product Development Center wins $1.5 M contract to transition DoD technologies to public safety marketplace


The TEEX Product Development Center has received a 3-year, $1.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI) to transition defense technologies into the emergency response and homeland security marketplace.

7/12/2016

50 graduate from 150th Firefighter Recruit Academy at TEEX


Fifty new firefighters graduated from the 150th TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy after 12 weeks of intensive training.

6/22/2016

Four additional programs approved for VA Education Benefits


Four additional TEEX programs have been approved for GI Bill™ education benefits. TEEX now offers 20 VA education benefit eligible programs, giving veterans more career options.

6/19/2016

Texas Task Force 1 returns from 16-day deployment for flooding


Texas Task Force 1 demobilized after a 16-day deployment for severe weather and river flooding in Central, North and Southeast Texas. The team was activated on May 26 and performed operations in 19 Texas counties.

6/16/2016

New Outreach Trainer Web Portal streamlines OSHA requirements


TEEX OSHA Training Institute Education Center has launched a new web portal, CertiFi, that makes it easy for OSHA Outreach trainers to log students and track classes, and for employers to verify that a potential employee has actually completed the training.

6/13/2016

33 new officers graduate from Central Texas Police Academy


Thirty-three new peace officers have graduated from the Central Texas Police Academy after 18 weeks of comprehensive classroom and hands-on training. The class achieved a 100% passing rate on the Texas Peace Officer Licensing Exam.

6/10/2016

Training summit at West Texas A&M offers discounted tuition rates


A training summit featuring 13 low-cost and no-cost courses will be held July 11-15 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX, to provide area workers with access to professional development and CEU credits.

6/7/2016

Last surviving FEMA Search & Rescue Canine from 9/11 passes quietly


Sixteen-year-old Bretagne, the last known FEMA Search & Rescue Canine who served at Ground Zero, has died peacefully in Cypress, Texas. She deployed with her handler Denise Corliss and other members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to the site of the World Trade Center in 2001.

5/31/2016

South Carolina Coalition formed to address pediatric disaster planning


Officials in South Carolina have formed a Pediatric Disaster Planning Coalition to improve preparedness for children involved in disaster, thanks, in part, to TEEX training in Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness.

5/23/2016

Army Veterinary Medical Detachment holds exercise at Disaster City


The 43rd Veterinary Medical Detachment from Fort Hood deployed to Disaster City® to conduct a disaster exercise in animal decontamination in conjunction with the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team.

5/20/2016

TEEX and Center for Domestic Preparedness conduct joint training hundreds of miles apart


Healthcare personnel and emergency managers from the National Capital Region participated in an Integrated Capstone Event exercise in two locations simultaneously – Anniston, AL, and College Station, TX –via TEEX’s unique online simulation training tool called the Emergency Management*Exercise System (EM*ES).

5/3/2016

Texas Task Force 1 rescues and evacuates citizens during April floods


Texas Task Force 1 was deployed for severe weather and flooding in the state, and worked with state response partners to rescue 27 people and 17 animals and to evacuate 435 individuals plus 62 animals to a safer location.

4/28/2016

Online Forensic Photography Course available tuition-free through September


The Texas Forensic Science Academy has launched its latest online forensics course, Foundations of Forensic Photography, which is being offered at no cost through Sept. 30.

4/26/2016

53 graduate from Online Firefighter Recruit Academy at TEEX


Fifty-three new firefighters recently graduated from the 12th Online Firefighter Recruit Academy at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). They completed 335 hours of training online before traveling to College Station for an intensive 21-day firefighting “boot camp” at Brayton Fire Training Field.

4/22/2016

Responders working at 2016 Boston Marathon were well-prepared


Because of the 2013 bombings and recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris, security was tight at this year's Boston Marathon. Among the agencies, departments and universities that trained public safety personnel supporting the marathon was TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC).

4/21/2016

TEEX opens new TMAC Training Center in Houston


TEEX has opened a new 9,000-square-foot training facility in Houston to better serve small and mid-sized manufacturers in the Gulf Coast region.

4/20/2016

67 learn the basics of economic development in San Antonio course


Sixty-seven economic development professionals from five states attended the Basic Economic Development Course in San Antonio this month to learn more about the concepts, tools and skills needed to be successful in the field.

4/5/2016

Oklahoma peace officers can earn continuing education credits for TEEX training


Oklahoma peace officers can now earn continuing education credits for training offered by TEEX through a new agreement with the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET).

4/1/2016

Cybersecurity Online Training offered to Employees in Three More States


The States of Louisiana and Wyoming, along with Fresno Pacific University in California, are the latest organizations to partner with TEEX to provide online cybersecurity training for their employees.

3/30/2016

New Program Supports Safe Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems


A new credentialing program for civilian operators of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) was announced by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) during the Texas UAS Summit & Expo in Austin.

3/22/2016

Texas Task Force 1 deployed for severe flooding in East Texas


Texas Task Force 1 Water Rescue Teams were activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management for severe weather and widespread flooding in East Texas. TX-TF1 made a total of 15 water rescues, assisted 12 people out of water, and evacuated 200 residents to a safer location.

3/16/2016

TEEX provides Continuing Professional Education credits for Teachers


TEEX has been reapproved as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider for the Texas Education Agency/State Board of Educator Certification, allowing teachers to receive continuing education hours toward renewal of their teaching certificates.

3/7/2016

Two Worlds Collaborate to make Critical Infrastructure Safer


Breaking down barriers between physical and digital worlds and getting two disparate groups of security professionals to collaborate is the goal of a new TEEX course in critical infrastructure protection.

3/2/2016

Austin Event to Highlight Research & Innovations in Unmanned Aircraft Systems


The Texas UAS Summit & Expo, set for March 29-31 in Austin, will be the first-ever comprehensive look at unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Texas and how the state is shaping the industry.

3/2/2016

Responders from 3 states complete swiftwater rescue training


Emergency response personnel from New York, Oklahoma and Texas recently completed the TEEX Swiftwater Rescue I and II course, which includes hands-on training on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers in New Braunfels.

2/26/2016

Arkansas Environmental Training Academy to offer TEEX safety and health training


A new agreement officially recognizes the Arkansas Environmental Training Academy at SAU Tech as a host training organization for the TEEX Region VI OSHA Training Institute Education Center.

2/24/2016

13 complete UXO Technician I program


Thirteen students graduated Feb. 19 from the TEEX Unexploded Ordnance Technician I class, which included hands-on training in detection, identification, disposal techniques, environmental remediation and safety.

2/18/2016

TEEX hosts National Domestic Preparedness Consortium meeting


Sixty-two representatives of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium recently met in College Station for the quarterly meeting, which was hosted by TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, a founding member of the NDPC.

2/11/2016

International Training Providers in China & Germany designated Cooperative Learning Centers


New Cooperative Learning Centers (CLCs) in China and Germany are joining the list of companies approved to provide TEEX emergency response training to local responders and industrial clients within their respective countries. TEEX now has CLCs in countries on five continents.

2/10/2016

57 teams attend FEMA Canine Search Specialist training at Disaster City


Texas Task Force 1 hosted 57 canine search specialist teams at the FEMA Canine Search Specialist Weekend at Disaster City®. The canine teams represented 18 of the 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams from across the nation.

2/3/2016

TEEX helps Bay Area emergency personnel prepare for Super Bowl 50


More than 500 emergency responders in Santa Clara and the San Francisco Bay Area are better prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl 50 thanks to training provided by TEEX.

2/2/2016

MBA students learn leadership, teamwork during Disaster City exercise


A group of MBA students in the Texas A&M Mays Business School got some realistic training in crisis leadership and team-building at Disaster City®.

1/21/2016

Basic search and rescue training could help you & your family survive a disaster


An innovative course provides the nuts and bolts of basic search and rescue to better prepare citizens to support themselves and their families after a disaster. They may have the opportunity to rescue others and save lives before responders arrive on the scene.

1/19/2016

Leadership Development Symposium draws 859 to San Marcos


The 8th annual TEEX Leadership Development Symposium drew 859 emergency responders from across Texas, seven other states and as far away as Peru to San Marcos.

1/13/2016

Todd named Chief Financial Officer for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service


Charley Todd has been tapped to serve as Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

1/8/2016

Children in Crisis: TEEX course addresses pediatric disaster planning & response


Children are often at the center of a disaster or crisis, and TEEX is providing specialized training to emergency response communities and hospital and healthcare personnel to help them plan ahead for managing a disaster that impacts this vulnerable population.

1/6/2016

42 graduate from Online Firefighter Recruit Academy


Forty-two new firefighters graduated from the 11th Online Firefighter Recruit Academy at TEEX. The program has graduated 386 firefighters since the first online class was held in 2011.

12/30/2015

TX-TF1 returns from deployment in Rowlett, Garland following tornado


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) returned to College Station Dec. 28 after being demobilized by the Texas Department of Emergency Management. The team, in conjunction with Texas Task Force 2, completed searches of 13 areas in Rowlett and Garland, where a powerful tornado struck on Dec. 26.

12/23/2015

Employees honored with TEEX Distinguished Service Award


Six employees received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) during an awards ceremony on Dec. 18.

12/22/2015

Dixon honored with Regents Fellow Service Award


Kelly “Brett” Dixon of Texas Task Force 1 has been awarded the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. He was recognized for his role in developing a Helicopter Search and Rescue Team (HSART) Program that has saved many lives during disastrous swiftwater and flooding events in the state.

12/19/2015

22 new officers graduate from Central Texas Police Academy


Twenty-two new peace officers graduated from the Central Texas Police Academy after 18 weeks of comprehensive training. Justice Ken Wise, of the Texas 14th Court of Appeals, delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony.

12/1/2015

Leadership Symposium set to begin Jan. 11 in San Marcos


The 8th annual TEEX Leadership Development Symposium will be held Jan. 11-13, 2016, in San Marcos, Texas. Sessions are geared to meet continuing education requirements for Texas fire officers, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel.

12/1/2015

Train Derailment in Flames: Responders train for a Crude by Rail Emergency


Participants in a new course on Crude by Rail emergency response train on a full-scale training prop with actual rail tank cars - specifically designed to simulate fire scenarios involving crude oil leaks or other flammable liquid railcar emergencies.

11/30/2015

Cybersecurity Consortium receives grant to develop, deliver new course


A Continuing Training Grant from DHS/FEMA will provide additional cybersecurity training to help communities across the nation prepare for and respond to cyber incidents.

11/7/2015

35 graduate from Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program


Thirty-five fire service leaders recently graduated from the capstone Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) program,which is a joint initiative between TEEX and the Texas A&M University Mays Business School.

11/2/2015

Medical specialists train at Disaster City in first FEMA blended learning course


Medical specialists serving on a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force recently attended a Medical Team Specialist class – the first FEMA course held at Disaster City® as part of the TEEX contract to deliver training for the National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) System. The pilot class was also the first time the course had been delivered in the blended learning format.

11/2/2015

Critical training for community’s most important resource


TEEX expects more than 100 water operators and personnel from across the state for the next Water Expo being held on the Riverside Campus in Bryan Nov. 3-5.

10/26/2015

TxDOT grant funds EMS training in rural, frontier areas of Texas


TEEX has received approval for $469,000 in funding under the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) EMS Education Grant to provide EMS training in rural and frontier areas of Texas.

10/24/2015

Texas Task Force 1 Assets Deploy for Potential Floods


The Texas Division of Emergency Management requested Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to have assets ready and to strategically position key resources across the state in preparation for potential heavy rainfall and possible flood conditions. The team performed 43 water rescues over the weekend.

10/19/2015

College campuses call on TEEX for training in managing critical incidents


Increasing concerns about how campuses plan for and manage critical incidents, such as recent shootings, have college officials calling TEEX to schedule specialized training in “Managing Critical Incidents for Higher Education Institutions.”

10/14/2015

TEEX Rescue Training Program gets a new home at Brayton Fire Training Field


A ribbon-cutting was held Oct. 8 for the new 12,000-square-foot Rescue Classroom Building at Brayton Fire Training Field. Nearly 100 guests attended the event and toured the $3.1 million facility, which includes several large classrooms and staff offices.

10/8/2015

TEEX delivers capstone course for National Emergency Management Executive Academy


TEEX was again selected to provide emergency management training and exercises for the renowned Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD, and delivered a four-day capstone course, "Exercising Emergency Management Executive Policy and Decision-making."

10/6/2015

Oklahoma City Community College joins with TEEX to offer specialized safety training


Safety professionals in Oklahoma will have easier access to safety and health training thanks to a new agreement between the Oklahoma City Community College Professional Development Institute and TEEX.

10/5/2015

TX-TF1 & Response Partners receive prestigious International Rescue Award


Texas Task Force 1's Swiftwater Rescue Teams, Helicopter Search & Rescue Teams, along with many individual team members and State response partners received the Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards in Swiftwater Rescue.

10/2/2015

Police Academy graduate Justin Leeth named Navasota Police Chief


Justin Leeth, a 2004 graduate of the TEEX Central Texas Police Academy, was sworn in on Oct. 1 as the Chief of Police of the Navasota Police Department.

9/29/2015

Gulf Coast Water Authority first in nation to have all employees earn OSHA credential


The Gulf Coast Water Authority is the first U.S. organization to have all employees complete OSHA’s Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals Certificate Program.

9/10/2015

9/11 Memorial Groundbreaking slated for 14th Anniversary


The groundbreaking for a new 9/11 Memorial will be held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the headquarters of Texas Task Force 1 in College Station, and the public is invited to the event.

9/9/2015

TEEX provides CNC training for Boeing San Antonio employees


Boeing San Antonio collaborated with TEEX to provide training in Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) to employees in the company's manufacturing and paint center through a Wagner-Peyser grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

9/4/2015

Paramedic students start clinical rotations


Twenty-four EMS students at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) have begun their clinical rotations and are on their way to becoming certified EMT-Paramedics.

9/2/2015

TEEX provides $202 million boost to local economy each year


TEEX has an estimated $202 million annual economic impact on the Bryan-College Station area. The economic analysis was based on food and lodging purchased by more than 48,500 students attending local classes, purchases and contracts with local vendors, and salaries paid to local employees.

8/30/2015

14 graduate from Online Firefighter Recruit Academy #10


The graduation ceremony marked the culmination of 335 hours online training followed by an intensive 21-day, hands-on “boot camp.”

8/25/2015

Fire School water flow record broken: 40,000 gallons pumped per minute


The water display at the Brayton Fire Training Field lake was eye-popping. And a Fire School record was broken when the Advanced Industrial Fire Apparatus Practices class pumped approximately 40,000 gallons per minute (GPM) during a water flow exercise.

8/24/2015

Moore named presiding officer of Texas Commission on Fire Protection


Robert Moore, Division Director of TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute, has been named presiding officer of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP).

8/21/2015

Hottest destination in Bryan-College Station: Summer Fire Schools at TEEX


The 2015 Summer Fire Schools drew nearly 3,800 firefighters to Brayton Fire Training Field in July for a week of specialized training.

8/11/2015

Officers sharpen shooting & teaching skills in Patrol Rifle Instructor course


Law enforcement officers sharpen both their shooting skills and their teaching skills during a Patrol Rifle Instructor course, and the qualification standards are tough.

8/6/2015

Texas A&M-SA and TEEX Support Veterans with New Agreement


A new agreement with Texas A&M University - San Antonio will allow TEEX training courses to be accepted for college credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration. It is expected to benefit veterans seeking to advance their careers in the emergency services field.

7/21/2015

Visit to 'unluckiest place on earth' prepares responders for incidents back home


It’s a typical day in Needland – the unluckiest place on earth – where an F3 tornado just struck the downtown and convention center. Fortunately, the simulated incident is all part of a training scenario for emergency managers at TEEX's Emergency Operations Training Center in College Station.

7/16/2015

TEEX teams with Prairie View A&M to prepare students for highway construction jobs


Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) and TEEX are collaborating to offer the Texas Construction Career Academy. The two-week program is designed to help prepare participants for jobs in the highway construction industry.

7/10/2015

TEEX establishes Cooperative Learning Center to train responders in Oregon


A new TEEX Cooperative Learning Center (CLC) has been established to provide training to fire service and public safety professionals in Oregon.

7/8/2015

58 graduate from TEEX Recruit Firefighter Academy


Fifty-eight new firefighters graduated from the 147th Recruit Fire Training Academy at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.

7/7/2015

Donation will fund scholarships for women pursuing careers in the fire service or EMS


The Anne McCormick Sullivan Foundation has awarded TEEX up to $15,000 to support training for women in fire and emergency response programs. The foundation is named for Firefighter Anne McCormick Sullivan, who died in the Line-of-Duty on May 31, 2013, during the 5-alarm Southwest Inn fire in Houston.

7/2/2015

TEEX Center awarded $22 million through Homeland Security National Training Program


TEEX announced that the agency will receive $22 million for its National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), which provides specialized homeland security and preparedness training nationwide.

6/29/2015

Nine earn US&R Rescue Specialist certificate from TEEX


Nine responders have received the US&R Rescue Specialist certificate from TEEX in 2015, bringing the total who have earned the professional designation to 74.

6/22/2015

Basic Economic Development Course draws 62 participants


Sixty-two economic development professionals attended the Basic Economic Development Course in Galveston. The course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and serves as a training requirement to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam.

6/18/2015

28 new peace offers graduate from Central Texas Police Academy


TEEX congratulates 28 new peace officers who graduated from the Central Texas Police Academy.. Their 18 weeks in comprehensive training covered topics that ranged from criminal investigations and arrest procedures to firearms and defensive tactics, as well as Texas law and emergency driving techniques.

6/17/2015

35 graduate from Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program at Mays Business School


Thirty-five fire service leaders graduated from the capstone Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) program, which is a joint initiative of TEEX and the Texas A&M University Mays Business School.

6/12/2015

Three new sites in Germany & Peru become TEEX Cooperative Learning Centers


Three new Cooperative Learning Centers in Germany and Peru have been added to the list of companies approved to provide TEEX emergency response training to local responders and industrial clients within their respective countries. This brings the agency's number of CLC partners to 16 in nine countries,

6/11/2015

Safety and Equipment Rodeo Roundup Double-Header Set for June 11-12


TEEX and Texas811 will present a safety rodeo roundup with highway safety equipment displays, safety training, a mock gas line hit, and a heavy equipment safety demonstration and competitive rodeo.

6/3/2015

TEEX to train Tennessee healthcare workers in proper use of PPE Level C suits


The State of Tennessee is taking steps to ensure hundreds of healthcare workers are well-prepared for the proper donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, in case of a serious disease outbreak. And they have called on TEEX to provide the training.

6/1/2015

Evacuation exercise conducted in preparation for Navajo Nation Presidential Inauguration


The Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management, event staff and CERT teams worked together to ensure the safety and security of the officials and attendees at the Navajo Nation Presidential Inauguration ceremony in May. TEEX training provided to the Navajo Nation since 2013 helped them prepare for the event.

5/30/2015

TX-TF1 returns from Blanco River search; Water rescue teams remain operational across state


The Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) – Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team has been deactivated after four days of wide area search operations along more than 50 miles of the Blanco River. TX-TF1 water rescue boat squads and Helicopter Search and Rescue Technicians are still activated and staged at key locations across the state.

5/26/2015

Texas Task Force 1 continues search for victims of flooding


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), along with other response agencies, continues a wide area search today along a stretch of the Blanco River for victims of the Memorial Day weekend floods. The 70+-member team, which includes 8 canines, is searching structures and debris piles in the affected areas.

5/20/2015

Wireless Telecommunications Program approved for VA Education Benefits


Warriors 4 Wireless and TEEX are collaborating on a new course that trains veterans for civilian careers as Wireless Tower Technicians. The program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans for GI Bill education benefits.

5/14/2015

Can you solve the case? Fingerprint comparison course now online


Solving a crime may depend on identifying suspects through fingerprint comparison. Now you can learn the basics of fingerprint analysis and comparison in a new online course - offered at no cost through September 2015.

5/11/2015

Texas Task Force 1 Type 3 Team Activated


The Texas Division of Emergency Management activated a 35-member Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) Type 3 Team this afternoon. The team includes Technical and Canine Search and Rescue components as well as Swiftwater Rescue personnel and equipment.

5/8/2015

Tropical Storm doesn't dampen TEEX training in Northern Mariana Islands


When a Tropical Storm blew through the Northern Mariana Islands, TEEX was there – delivering vital preparedness training to local emergency managers, responders and officials. TEEX delivered homeland security training to more than 160 people in Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

5/7/2015

Surviving a Disaster: Citizens, community groups learn search and rescue techniques


To survive a disaster, minutes count and so do preparation and training. An innovative TEEX program demonstrates the basics of search and rescue techniques for citizens and community-based groups nationwide. “Search and Rescue in Community Disasters” is taught by experienced urban search and rescue specialists at no cost to participants.

4/27/2015

Large Animal Rescue course focuses on safety of responder and victim


Rescuing a large animal, such as a horse, following an accident or a disaster can be challenging and even dangerous to emergency responders, as well as to the animal. That's why TEEX has begun offering a new course on Large Animal Rescue, in conjunction with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

4/20/2015

Texas Task Force 1 Holds Largest-Ever Exercise at Disaster City®


To maintain its readiness to assist local jurisdictions when the worst happens, TX-TF1 holds an Operational Readiness Exercise each year in an environment second to none at Disaster City® in College Station, TX. Over 900 participants from TX-TF1, UT-TF1, Texas Military Forces and other organizations are expected on April 24-26 for the largest exercise ever held at the TEEX facility.

4/17/2015

Future physicians get hands-on disaster medicine training at Disaster City


Sixteen fourth-year medical students saw a new side of emergency medicine in a weeklong class at Disaster City® that pushed them out of their comfort zone and gave them a new perspective on treating disaster victims with limited resources.

4/16/2015

Saunders named Director of Texas Task Force 1


Texas Task Force 1 Operations Chief Jeff Saunders has been named Director of the statewide urban search and rescue team. Sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the team can be activated by the governor through the Texas Division of Emergency Management or as one of FEMA’s 28 sanctioned urban search and rescue teams.

4/13/2015

New Certification offered for Sports Security Professionals


The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is offering a new certification for sport security professionals in cooperation with TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.

4/10/2015

A train wreck with a purpose – training for flammable rail emergencies


It looks like a freight train has jumped the track and landed at Brayton Fire Training Field! It’s a train wreck with a purpose: to provide realistic training for those dealing with crude oil by rail and responders who could face a flammable liquid railcar emergency in their communities.

4/7/2015

Fire & Arson Investigators Seminar draws 252 participants


The 60th annual Texas IAAI Fire & Arson Investigators Seminar drew 252 participants to Austin on March 22-27 to learn more about fire-cause determination, arson investigation and prosecution.

4/2/2015

Alotto to serve on national association for transportation technical assistance


Tony Alotto, Director of the Lone Star LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program) Center, has been tapped to represent the South Central LTAP region on the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association. He will represent the states in the South Central LTAP: Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico.

3/30/2015

Parker retires as Director of Texas Task Force 1


Billy Parker, founding member and Director of Texas Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team, is retiring on March 31, after 35 years of service to TEEX and the state of Texas. Parker played a significant role in the development of TX-TF1 and of the internationally recognized search and rescue training facility, Disaster City®.

3/26/2015

Study: Future is Still Bright for South Texas


A TEEX study of the competitive trends, challenges, and opportunities for South Texas shows solid growth in business expansion and job creation, and positive attributes that will contribute to a bright future.

3/23/2015

Renovations under way at Center for Marine Training and Safety


TEEX has begun a $1.5 million renovation and construction project at the Center for Marine Training and Safety in Galveston, to continue and expand its training for the maritime industry, Gulf Coast oil producers and U.S. Coast Guard.

3/23/2015

New Mexico Junior College joins with TEEX to offer specialized safety training


Oil & gas workers and other safety professionals in New Mexico will have easier access to safety and health training through a new agreement between New Mexico Junior College and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

3/16/2015

GREX – Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. Contributes $125,000 to Brayton Fire Training Field


Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. (GREX) has committed $125,000 over five years to support future expansion at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, TX. This will allow the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to further enhance its training of first responders in the protection of critical infrastructure.

3/11/2015

Online course on HazMat incident response now offered in Spanish


TEEX has rolled out a new online course designed to help Spanish-speaking emergency responders recognize a hazardous material incident, protect themselves, notify others and secure the incident scene.

2/26/2015

Online cybersecurity training portal launched for 7,700 Arkansas employees


TEEX has developed a student training portal featuring a custom catalog for Arkansas, which will provide state employees with easy access to DHS/FEMA-funded cybersecurity courses online.

2/18/2015

Construction underway on new rescue campus adjacent to Disaster City


Construction has begun on a new $3.1 million Rescue Classroom and Office Building at Brayton Fire Training Field, adjacent to Disaster City®.

2/17/2015

Student project takes on hazardous highway


Four students at Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas, are taking on “Dead Man’s Curve" and with a little help, are proposing improvements to local law enforcement, Fire Departments and the Texas Department of Transportation.

2/11/2015

Texas A&M students complete TEEX Crime Scene Investigation course


Ten Texas A&M University students recently completed a 40-hour “mini-mester” Crime Scene Investigation course through an innovative collaboration with the Texas Forensic Science Academy (TFSA)at TEEX.

2/9/2015

70 participate in FEMA Canine Search Specialist event at Disaster City


Texas Task Force 1’s Canine Program hosted nearly 70 canine search specialist teams and search team managers at the FEMA Canine Search Specialist Weekend at Disaster City® in College Station in January.

2/4/2015

NCTM launches therapeutics manufacturing course developed by TEEX


The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) at Texas A&M University has rolled out “Introduction to Therapeutics Manufacturing,” an online course developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

1/22/2015

TEEX helps Arizona officials, responders prepare for 2015 Super Bowl


Emergency responders in Arizona are better prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX thanks to training conducted by TEEX on critical infrastructure protection, threat and risk assessment, and sports and special events risk management, incident management, and evacuation exercises.

1/15/2015

Moore to receive Regents Fellow Service Award from Texas A&M System


Robert Moore, Division Director for the TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute, has been tapped for the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award, the highest honor given by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Moore was nominated for his leadership, dedication and commitment to training professional and volunteer firefighters.

1/14/2015

Training in use of PPE key to preventing exposure to biological agents


Training in proper donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, has taken on a new sense of urgency with the recent Ebola outbreak. In response, TEEX and its partners in the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium are providing PPE training at no cost to emergency responders, Customs and Border Protection officers and personnel who work at U.S. ports of entry, including airports, seaports and rail stations.

1/9/2015

Symposium draws record number of emergency responders to San Marcos


More than 900 Texas emergency responders are expected to attend the 7th annual Leadership Development Symposium on Jan. 12-14 in San Marcos.

12/22/2014

TEEX receives Wagner-Peyser grant to train welders, CNC operators


TEEX has received nearly $400,000 of Wagner-Peyser funds from the Office of the Governor for a training program to fill existing Texas manufacturing jobs. The grant will provide entry-level training in welding and CNC (Computer Numeric Control) operation.

12/19/2014

Five employees honored with TEEX Distinguished Service Award


Five employees have received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The employees were recognized with the agency’s highest honor for their outstanding efforts and dedication.

12/11/2014

Morris tapped to lead Public Safety & Security Division


Elizabeth Morris has been tapped to serve as the Division Director of the TEEX Public Safety and Security Division. In the announcement, Agency Director Gary Sera praised her “wealth of experience in both public safety and security and emergency response.”

12/8/2014

Two new Cooperative Learning Centers expand global reach


TEEX recently added two new Cooperative Learning Centers (CLCs) in Puerto Rico and Australia to the list of companies approved to provide TEEX emergency response training to local responders and industrial clients within their respective countries. Including the new centers, TEEX now has 12 CLC partners in seven countries.

12/4/2014

Future of emergency response? Joint exercise shows disasters may be managed from a distance


When a group of emergency responders at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) responded to a mock earthquake in Alabama recently, they called in their on-scene reports to an incident command post hundreds of miles away in Texas. This may be the future of incident management, according to the training team running the TEEX portion of the joint exercise. The groups in Anniston, AL, and College Station, TX, were linked through a unique computer simulation training tool called the Emergency Management*Exercise System (EM*ES).

11/20/2014

TEEX hosts Infectious Disease Response Workshop


An Infectious Disease Response Workshop at the TEEX Emergency Operations Training Center and Disaster City® drew robotics experts, researchers, responders and industry partners to learn and discuss training and new technologies for emergency response to infectious disease and medical disasters.

11/19/2014

TEEX hosts National FEMA Canine Certification Trial


TEEX recently hosted the National FEMA Canine Certification Evaluation at Disaster City®. Undergoing evaluations were 17 dogs from 11 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces from eight states

11/10/2014

CNC entry-level operator training approved for VA-education benefits


The Texas Veterans Commission for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the TEEX Introduction to CNC for GI Bill™ education benefits.

11/6/2014

Infectious Disease Response Demonstration- MEDIA ADVISORY


COLLEGE STATION - On Saturday, November 8th, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Product Development Center (TEEX PDC) will provide an opportunity for media to see demonstrations and hear explanations of skills, equipment and technologies used in infectious disease response including operations utilizing field hospitals, personal protective equipment, decontamination protocols and patient management.

10/30/2014

Draeger’s gas detection system is TEEX-tested at Brayton Fire Training Field


Draeger Safety Inc. called on the TEEX Product Development Center for testing and evaluation of its portable gas detection and personnel tracking system for workers who perform confined space entry. TEEX PDC evaluated and tested Draeger’s Confined Space Equipment at TEEX’s renowned fire and rescue training facility, Brayton Fire Training Field.

10/28/2014

Texas Forensic Science Academy at TEEX receives additional funding


The Governor’s Office, Texas Criminal Justice Division, has awarded the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) additional funding to extend existing, successful, tuition-free training through the Texas Forensic Science Academy.

10/23/2014

National Emergency Management Executive Academy taps TEEX to deliver training, exericses


TEEX was selected to provide emergency management training and exercises for the renowned Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD. A six-member instructional team developed and delivered a successful, four-day capstone course for the National Emergency Management Executive Academy.

10/21/2014

Training ensures state's water systems operate safely and efficiently


Water and wastewater professionals are more important now than in any other time in Texas history. TEEX has developed and held Water & Wastewater Training Expos around the state annually to help employees maintain their skills and licenses.

10/20/2014

TEEX receives grant to develop new cybersecurity course


TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) will expand its cybersecurity course offerings thanks to a federal grant to five university-based centers that have partnered and collaborated to form the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC).

10/8/2014

Texas National Guard Partners with Texas Task Force 1 for Swift Water Rescue Training


Members of the media will have the opportunity to view the joint-training exercise from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

10/8/2014

Basic Economic Development Course draws professionals from 8 states


Sixty economic development professionals from eight states attended the Fall 2014 Basic Economic Development Course in Austin, TX.

9/29/2014

Holt named Vice Chair of IAFC Technology Council


Caleb Holt, Manager of the TEEX Product Development Center, has been named the Vice Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Technology Council.

9/25/2014

TEEX training for medical personnel addresses Ebola threat and more


The recent outbreak of Ebola, a viral hemorrhagic fever, has the medical community seeking information about how to identify the disease and manage patient care, while protecting themselves from contamination. TEEX has addressed those topics and more for 15 years as part of its training in Medical Management of CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) Events.

9/23/2014

Two TX-TF1 Boat Squads, Rescue Swimmers deployed to Pecos in response to flooding


The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has requested Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) mobilize some of its assets to Pecos, Texas, to assist the local jurisdiction with response to flooding occurring in the area. Two Boat Squads and rescue swimmers were deployed to man two Blackhawk helicopters in partnership with Texas Military Forces.

9/18/2014

BIG Lake at Center of West Texas Oil Boom


Growing oil exploration in the Wolfcamp/Cline geologic formation has positioned Big Lake, Texas at the center of one of the nation’s largest production fields. To assess the growing demands on the region, the Knowledge Engineering, Economic Development unit at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in cooperation with Big Lake, reviewed the competitive factors impacting its growth and economic diversification.

9/16/2014

‘Pediatric Disaster Response’ course addresses needs of children in a crisis


A new course offered by TEEX, <A HREF="/teex.cfm?pageid=training&area=teex&templateid=14&Division=ESTI&Course=MGT439&navdiv=ESTI" class="subnav">Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness</A>, is designed to identify gaps, integrate efforts and enhance the ability of the community to plan for and more effectively manage the effects of a disaster on children.

9/15/2014

And then, there were two: Bretagne and Woody


Retired Texas Task Force 1 search dog Bretagne was believed to be the last remaining Search Canine who deployed to the World Trade Center site in New York City after the events of 9/11. We are pleased to learn that Ohio Task Force 1 search canine Woody, who also deployed to Ground Zero, is happily enjoying retirement in Ohio.

9/9/2014

Web-based simulation software links emergency responders in Newark and College Station


The new web-based Emergency Management * Exercise System (EM*ES Web) simulation software has been successfully deployed to connect emergency responders in two locations – 1,600 miles apart. The Newark, NJ, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) used the EM*ES to connect to the city’s Incident Management Team in College Station during a daylong exercise.

8/8/2014

TEEX OSHA Training Institute Celebrates 20 years


Expecting to train over 6000 students this year and contributing $1.25 million to the Mesquite economy over the past 5 years, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Region VI OSHA Training Institute Education Center is celebrating its 20th year.

8/1/2014

Cool Schools, Hot Training: Summer Fire Training Schools draw over 3,000 students


The annual July Fire Training Schools concluded on July 25 with the 85th Annual Municipal Fire Training School. The three schools drew more than 3,000 firefighters from Texas and around the world to Brayton Fire Training Field for a challenging week of training.

7/31/2014

State Legislators and staff visit Municipal Fire School during SFFMA Legislative Day


Several Texas Legislators and more than 30 Legislative staff members participated in the Annual Legislative Day at the Municipal Fire School on July 23. The event was sponsored by the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association (SFFMA), TEEX and the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS).

7/21/2014

Lawson tapped to lead National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center


Hank Lawson has been named Director of TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), which is a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and has enhanced the nation’s preparedness by training more than 450,000 responders in over 10,000 jurisdictions.

7/15/2014

Cybersecurity Summer Camp exposes teens to STEM careers


Local high school students from across the Brazos Valley attended the inaugural Cyber Centurion Summer Camp offered by TEEX on June 23-27, and designed to introduce the teens to the computing and cybersecurity industry. Another camp will be offered on July 28-Aug. 1, 2014.

7/14/2014

TEEX delivering grant-funded Death Investigation Training, Workshops in South Texas


Four, tuition-free, Crime Scene Investigation classes will be offered over the next four months in South Texas. The training is being funded by the Governor’s Office, Texas Criminal Justice Division, to provide South Texas law enforcement officers and judicial representatives specialized training through the Texas Forensic Science Academy and Texas Justice Court Training Center located at Texas State University.

7/9/2014

Public invited to firefighting demonstration on July 23 at Brayton Fire Field


The public is invited to a firefighting demonstration on Wednesday, July 23, sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in conjunction with its Municipal Fire Training School at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station. There is no admission charge.

6/16/2014

17 complete Helicopter Rescue Swimmer class sponsored by TX-TF1


Seventeen rescue swimmers with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have successfully completed the Helicopter Rescue Swimmer – Basic Level 1 course sponsored by Texas Task Force 1.

6/12/2014

New training in industrial emergencies supports municipal firefighter safety


TEEX wants to help ensure firefighters in all departments in the State of Texas have training in effective and appropriate responses to industrial emergencies – training that could save their lives. A new course, “Industrial Emergencies for Municipal-Based Responders," has been developed to train firefighters to handle industrial and other non-traditional emergencies.

6/11/2014

TEEX launches Learning Management System for online therapeutics manufacturing courses


The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) at Texas A&M University has launched its first online biopharmaceutical course on a Learning Management System developed by the TEEX Knowledge Engineering Center. The latest release of the easy-to-use FreedomLearn™ Essentials – Learning Management System (LMS)was implemented to match the current style and design of NCTM’s website to provide a seamless experience.

6/6/2014

TEEX conducts economic development study for Taylor, Texas


Community leaders in Taylor, Texas, called on TEEX economic development experts to help determine areas of improvement and opportunities for growth. The final report has provided a "road map," identifying the community's positive attributes as well as the top priorities for improvements.

6/5/2014

Keeping the peace in the Brazos Valley: TEEX Central Texas Police Academy graduates 22 new officers


Twenty-two new peace officers are graduating from the Central Texas Police Academy on June 6, after 18 weeks of comprehensive training. The graduation ceremony will be held at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum’s Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at 5 p.m.

6/4/2014

Water Robotics Workshop focuses on needs of maritime industry


A recent Water Robotics Workshop in Galveston brought robotic developers, researchers, robotics companies and users together to explore current and potential applications of marine robotics. The event was sponsored by the TEEX Product Development Center.

6/2/2014

30 graduate from capstone Fire Service CEO program at Mays Business School


Thirty fire service leaders from five states have completed the capstone Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) program, which is a joint initiative between TEEX and the Texas A&M University Mays Business School. The certificate program is designed to provide executive level professional development for company and chief officers within the fire service.

5/23/2014

Texas A&M forensics students selected to attend specialized TEEX training


An innovative partnership established in 2011 between Texas A&M University and the Texas Forensic Science Academy administered by TEEX provides an opportunity for 10 students seeking a FIVS degree to participate in specialized training courses taught in a "Mini-mester" format and hosted at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus.

5/15/2014

Responders receive Rescue Specialist Certificate at Disaster City


Fourteen students will earn the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Rescue Specialist Certificate after completing the Advanced Structural Collapse 5 course on Friday, May 16. The certificate recognizes members of US&R teams who have completed more than 300 hours of rigorous, advanced training in structural collapse, rescue operations and other specialized search and rescue training.

5/15/2014

TEEX offers 40 students opportunity to attend Cybersecurity Summer Camp


TEEX will award 40 full scholarships to area high school students to attend the TEEX Cybersecurity Summer Camp, either June 23 - 27 or July 28 – Aug. 1. Students must have completed 9th or 10th grade to be eligible to participate.

5/7/2014

Future physicians get first-hand disaster medicine training at Disaster City


Nine future physicians learned about disaster medicine first-hand in a unique classroom, Disaster City®. The fourth-year Texas A&M medical students saw a new side of emergency medicine, through an "eye-opening experience" that pushed them out of their comfort zone and gave them a different perspective.

5/5/2014

Reduced-cost workforce training summit coming to San Antonio


Texas A&M University – San Antonio will host a workforce education extravaganza on May 19-23 at the Infrastructure and Safety Summit, a training event sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The summit will include reduced-cost training in code enforcement, utilities, safety and health/OSHA, disaster management, transportation and highway safety, environmental, and water/wastewater.

5/1/2014

TEEX study shows dynamic job growth across South Texas


A recent study found a burgeoning demand for skilled workers across South Texas, including welders, pipefitters, CNC operators, quality control (QC) technicians and more. Findings will be discussed at the South Texas Economic Competitiveness Conference on May 6 in Cotulla, Texas.

5/1/2014

Davis named TEEX Deputy Director


Al Davis has been tapped to serve as Deputy Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). His appointment was approved today by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

4/30/2014

Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes, members return home


The FEMA Incident Support Team (IST) and the regional FEMA office made the decision this morning to demobilize Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) from operations in Arkansas.

4/28/2014

Texas Task Force 1 deployed in wake of Arkansas tornadoes


Texas Task Force 1 has been activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management at the request of FEMA to assist local, State and Federal responders in Arkansas after strong tornadoes struck a wide area near Little Rock on April 27. The Type 1, 77-member team is expected to arrive midday (April 28).

4/16/2014

5 members of TX-TF1 and 2 canines deployed to Oso, WA, mudslide


FEMA has called up several members of Texas Task Force 1 to assist with recovery efforts following the March 22 mudslide in Snohomish County, WA.

4/14/2014

Texas Task Force 1 using GeoSuite application to collect real-time data from the field


GeoSuite®, a software application originally developed for the military, is the newest technology asset in the Texas Task Force 1 equipment cache. Developed by General Dynamics, the technology was repurposed for search and rescue operations, and TX-TF1 first used it during its deployment to Moore, OK, in 2013.

4/9/2014

TEEX Paramedic Program receives national accreditation from CAAHEP


The TEEX Paramedic Program has been awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), a national accrediting agency for 24 health science professions. The 1,033-hour program is approved for CEUs by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), and is eligible for college credit through the American Council on Education (ACE).

4/8/2014

TX-TF1 training event draws 45 canine search teams from across the U.S.


Forty-five canine search specialist (CSS) teams plus 10 additional search and rescue personnel were on hand for the 10th annual FEMA CSS Training Weekend at Disaster City®. The event is recognized as a top workshop for canine teams from across the U.S.

4/7/2014

275 attend 59th Fire & Arson Investigators Seminar in Austin


The 59th Texas IAAI Fire & Arson Investigators Seminar in Austin drew 275 attendees to learn more about fire-cause determination, arson investigation and prosecution.

4/7/2014

Basic Economic Development Course draws 56 participants


The Spring 2014 Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) attracted 56 participants to the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center in Dallas, TX. The next BEDC course is scheduled for Sept. 9-12, 2014, in Austin, TX.

3/31/2014

Web-based simulation software extends reach of TEEX emergency management training


The unique computer simulation training tool, designed for classes held on-site at TEEX’s Emergency Operations Training Center, is going mobile. A new web-based version of the Emergency Management*Exercise System (EM*ES) proprietary simulation software will allow TEEX to take some advanced incident command and Emergency Operations Center classes on the road.

3/28/2014

'First-of-its-kind' Helicopter Search and Rescue Workshop descends on College Station


Texas Task Force 1 and TEEX will be hosting the National Helicopter Search & Rescue Workshop at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, TX, on April 1-2, 2014. Over 70 personnel from more than 30 organizations from across the nation will participate in this unique event.

3/26/2014

TEEX employees work with Kappler to design a more durable hazmat suit


TEEX needed a more durable hazmat suit for an extreme emergency response training environment, and worked with Kappler to develop a new prototype, the "TEEX" suit. The new design is more like an actual hazmat response suit and is now used for training at Brayton Fire Training Field.

3/24/2014

Texas firefighters to benefit from new TCFP reciprocity policy


A new reciprocity policy approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) will provide TCFP certification for select Pro Board certifications issued by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

3/19/2014

Texas Task Force 1 conducts search skills training at Fort Hood


Thirty-seven members of Texas Task Force 1 recently held a two-day skill set training session in winter wide area search at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX.

3/18/2014

TEEX launches online Death Investigation course for law enforcement officers


TEEX has launched an online version of its Death Investigation course, thanks to funding from the Texas Office of the Governor - Criminal Justice Division (CJD). The 40-hour course is offered through the Texas Forensic Science Academy and is recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and the International Association of Identification (IAI) for continuing education credit.

3/17/2014

Fire and Ice: Nearly 400 students find both at Spring Fire School


Nearly 400 members of the fire service attended the 26th Annual Spring Fire Training School on March 2-7 and experienced the weather extremes of Texas. The students took it all in stride, attending one of 20 TEEX courses offered at Brayton Fire Training Field in a variety of specializations.

3/6/2014

McAllen to host Infrastructure and Safety Summit – reduced-cost workforce training


McAllen, Texas, will be the center of an education extravaganza on March 24-28, when more than 400 people are expected to attend the Infrastructure and Safety Summit, a training event offering 30 courses and sponsored by TEEX.

3/3/2014

TEEX delivers Safe Drinking Water training and assistance across the nation


Small water systems in 41 states and three U.S. territories have benefited from TEEX training and expertise in drinking water and wastewater operations in the past year, thanks to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Nearly 2,500 water system personnel received no-cost training in how to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

2/20/2014

Cheshire named top arson investigation prof for advancing Texas firefighter training


TEEX Training Manager Harvie Cheshire has been named one of the top 13 arson investigation professors in the U.S. by ForensicColleges.com for his efforts to advance the training of Texas firefighters in fire and arson investigation.

2/19/2014

New Disaster City project reflects lessons learned in TX-TF1 deployments to West and Moore


A new search and rescue project under construction at Disaster City® will incorporate lessons learned from Texas Task Force 1 deployments in 2013 to West, TX, and Moore, OK. The project is expected to be completed in April, and will be used by search and rescue personnel and canine teams.

2/10/2014

Phillips 66 will contribute $500,000 to Brayton Fire Training Field


Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) has committed $500,000 over five years to support future expansion at the Brayton Fire Training Field. This will allow the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to further enhance its training of first responders in the protection of critical infrastructure.

2/6/2014

Industrial Safety Training Council joins with TEEX to offer specialized training to petrochemical and refining industry workers


Petrochemical and refining industry workers in Texas will have easier access to safety and health training through a new agreement between the Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC) and TEEX.

1/30/2014

TEEX helps NJ and NY officials, responders prepare for 2014 Super Bowl


As 80,000 fans travel to MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, local transportation officials and responders in New Jersey and New York will be prepared for any emergency, thanks in part to training from TEEX. TEEX’s expertise in homeland security, emergency management and response, incident command, and threat and risk assessment has helped to ensure the safety of thousands of fans turning out to cheer their team on to a Super Bowl victory.

1/29/2014

Peña receives Regents Fellow Service Award


Jorge Peña of TEEX’s Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute has been awarded the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Peña was recognized for his hard work, dedication and commitment to ensuring the safety of Texas workers.

1/24/2014

TEEX employees attend DARPA Robotics Challenge in Florida


Two TEEX employees attended the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, where 16 teams were vying to demonstrate robots capable of assisting humans in disaster response.

1/23/2014

National Domestic Preparedness Consortium meets in College Station


The quarterly meeting of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) drew 66 attendees representing all seven consortium members as well as the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA to College Station on Jan. 7-10.

1/22/2014

Wildfire suppressant set for testing near Smithville


TEEX is collaborating with other members of The Texas A&M University System to evaluate the ability of TetraKO to retard a fire’s progress during a wildfire scenario.

1/20/2014

Nearly 700 attend the 2014 Leadership Development Symposium


The sixth annual TEEX Leadership Development Symposium attracted nearly 700 emergency responders to Frisco, TX, on Jan. 6-8 for sessions on management, leadership, budgeting and safety issues in fire and emergency services.

1/6/2014

24 peace officers graduate from the Central Texas Police Academy


Twenty-four new peace officers graduated from the Central Texas Police Academy in December, after 18 weeks of comprehensive training. Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez Jr., Commandant of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony.

12/19/2013

Statement Regarding Death of Deputy Sergeant Investigator Adam Sowders


The entire TEEX Family is saddened by the death of Deputy Sergeant Investigator Adam Sowders of the Burleson County Sheriff’s Department and offers our condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.

12/17/2013

Five employees honored with 2013 Distinguished Service Award


Five employees received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) on Dec. 13. The award is the agency's highest honor and recognizes employees for their outstanding efforts and dedication in serving the agency, the state of Texas and the nation.

12/11/2013

TEEX conducts hazmat training for responders in Barrow, Alaska


Responders in this northernmost corner of the United States are eager for disaster response training offered by TEEX. The North Slope Borough Fire Department hosted two classes in November at Barrow Fire Station #1: a one-day Awareness Training for hazardous materials incidents and a three-day Operational Level Response to HazMat/WMD Incidents.

12/6/2013

Rep. John Raney, Texas Legislative Staff Members visit TEEX


Several Texas Legislative staff members recently visited TEEX, along with Rep. John Raney, who represents District 14. They toured the equipment cache of Texas Task Force 1 and training facilities at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus as well as Brayton Fire Training Field and Disaster City.

12/5/2013

2014 Leadership Development Symposium begins Jan. 6


The 2014 Leadership Development Symposium will be presented on Jan. 6-8 in Frisco, Texas, by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). There is no registration fee for Texas resident firefighters, and sessions are geared to meet continuing education requirements for Texas fire officers and EMS personnel.

12/4/2013

Texas Meter School draws 218 participants, 61 vendors


The 2013 Southwest Electrical Metering Association (SWEMA) Texas Meter School attracted 218 participants to the Texas A&M Riverside Campus for hands-on training, networking and the latest updates in metering technology.

12/2/2013

High School graduates earn more than a diploma through innovative collaboration


Through an innovative new program, high school graduates of Oak Ridge High School in Conroe have the opportunity to earn their Class D Water Operator and Class D Wastewater Operator license.

11/26/2013

Cotulla, Texas: An oil boom town with a plan


The community of Cotulla, Texas, near the center of the Eagle Ford shale deposits, has a plan to handle the impact of its new boom town status. This is mostly due to the foresight of community leaders who sought out assistance in managing its unrivaled growth. A key step toward ensuring Cotulla’s growth is positive and sustainable is an Economic and Competitive Assessment Study of the community recently conducted by the Economic Development Program at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

11/22/2013

Congressional, Legislative staff members visit TEEX


TEEX recently hosted a visit by Congressional and Legislative staff members, who met with TEEX Director Gary Sera and toured some of the agency’s emergency preparedness training facilities.

11/22/2013

Wyoming calls on TEEX to test emergency response to water crisis


WYOWARN recently called on TEEX for training and assistance in developing a functional exercise to test the effectiveness of the WYOWARN plan and its policies and procedures for protecting citizens and mitigating a crisis involving contamination of the drinking water supply. WYOWARN is a mutual aid and assistance network for water and wastewater utilities, which prepares utilities to respond to emergencies by sharing personnel, tools and equipment.

11/20/2013

TEEX officials attend grand opening of Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College


TEEX officials joined dignitaries and leaders from the government, industry, military and emergency response community at the grand opening of the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC) in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Doha, Qatar.

11/13/2013

Texas Construction Career Academy prepares students for highway construction jobs


Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) recently collaborated to offer the Texas Construction Career Academy for students interested in a career in the highway construction industry.

10/30/2013

Texas Criminal Justice Division grant will fund CSI training for 300 investigators


The Texas Criminal Justice Division has awarded the Texas Forensic Science Academy $299,000 to provide crime scene investigation training for law enforcement personnel in small, rural and mid-sized law enforcement agencies in Texas.

10/28/2013

Center for Marine Training & Safety operated by TEEX, Texas A&M-Galveston


Under a new agreement, the Center for Marine Training and Safety (CMTS) in Galveston will be jointly operated by TEEX and Texas A&M University at Galveston.

10/23/2013

NERRTC awarded funding through Homeland Security National Training Program


The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) has been awarded $21.6 million through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (DHS/FEMA) Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement.

10/18/2013

TEEX, Qatar Petroleum sign agreement on Ras Laffan training facility


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has entered into an agreement with Qatar Petroleum to provide for the development and operations of the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC) in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar.

10/15/2013

Training Center joins National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium


TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) has become a member of the new National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC), which is working to ensure a state or community can protect its critical cyber assets and respond to a cyber event when one occurs.

10/11/2013

TEEX to offer Texas Private Security Bureau courses


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is now licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security Bureau. As a result, the agency may now deliver state-mandated training to students seeking employment as a security officer.

10/2/2013

Fire Officer I course now available online


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is launching a new online, blended learning version of its popular Fire Officer 1 course on Nov. 1 to provide more flexibility for fire departments and their personnel.

9/27/2013

Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation Consortium (FCSIC) chartered by 8 member institutions


Members from eight nationally acclaimed institutions located across the nation came together in Dallas, TX, on Sept. 11 to sign the official charter for the Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation Consortium (FCSIC).

9/24/2013

TEEX conducts emergency response exercises for Texas A&M System campuses


Texas A&M University System campuses are working to be better prepared for potential threats or emergencies. TEEX has delivered tabletop exercises presenting realistic threats or incident scenarios that allow university administrators and emergency personnel to work through their response plan to keep students and employees safe.

9/11/2013

TEEX Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) service mark is registered


The TEEX Certified Safety and Health Official™ (CSHO) service mark has been registered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. TEEX developed the service mark more than a decade ago and has used it to market the industry-recognized CSHO program nationwide. The CSHO program has more than 1,900 graduates.

9/5/2013

TEEX delivers capstone course for National Emergency Management Executive Academy


TEEX developed and delivered a successful, four-day Capstone Course for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Emergency Management Institute’s inaugural National Emergency Management Executive Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.

9/2/2013

TX-TF1 forming regional search & rescue team in Lower Rio Grande Valley


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) urban search and rescue team is forming a new Type 3 team that will be based in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The TX-TF1 Lower Rio Grande Valley – Type 3 urban search and rescue team would provide regional response assets for flash flooding, wide area search and structural collapse, said TX-TF1 Director Billy Parker. The team could also be mobilized for a state deployment.

8/22/2013

New industrial fire project simulates a petrochemical plant’s compressor station


A new “Compressor Station” firefighting project has been constructed at Brayton Fire Training Field to enhance the industrial firefighter training offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. The 112 x 128-foot industrial firefighting project simulates a process unit at a petrochemical plant.

7/26/2013

Texas County Corrections eLearning course catching on & reducing costs


The Basic County Corrections (BCC) course offered through the TEEX Corrections Academy has become a significant licensing tool to meet new jailer staffing requirements. In fact, more than 50% of all Texas counties are now using the blended learning program.

7/25/2013

Bunker Gear Drying Facility dedicated to fire service champion Pat Barrett


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) dedicated the new Bunker Gear Drying Facility at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station to a champion of the Texas Fire Service, Pat Barrett. The dedication ceremony on July 20, drew about 150 fire chiefs and other fire service leaders, TEEX officials and employees, along with members of the Barrett family.

7/19/2013

Quik-Trac to Certified Safety and Health Official - CSHO - available in 3 cities


Safety and health professionals can now earn the TEEX Certified Safety and Health Official™ (CSHO) certificate in Construction or General Industry in just four months through the CSHO Quik-Trac program.

7/18/2013

Public invited to firefighting demonstration at Brayton Fire Field on July 24


The public is invited to a firefighting demonstration on July 24, 2013, sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in conjunction with its 84th Annual Municipal Fire Training School at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station

7/12/2013

TEEX training: now there is an app for that


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has launched TEEXmobile, a new all-in-one app for everything TEEX. The app, created for TEEX by Blackboard Mobile, is available at no cost for both Apple and Android mobile devices.

7/5/2013

One-of-a-kind Spanish Fire School draws international firefighters to Texas


Hundreds of Spanish-speaking firefighters from across the globe are expected for the 47th annual Spanish Fire Training School (Escuela para Bomberos en Español), which begins July 7.

7/3/2013

TMAC hailed as innovation leader for KW Industries project


KW Industries of Sugar Land, TX, increased new sales by $5 million and retained $15 million in sales after assistance by the East/Central Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), which is operated by TEEX.

6/28/2013

TEEX helps health care community plan for the next pandemic or bioterrorism incident


Whenever and whatever public health emergency strikes, a plan for rapid, mass prophylaxis is vital. That’s where TEEX training can help. Since 2007, TEEX has helped prepare thousands of health care workers, public health departments and emergency medical services for the next public health threat or outbreak through specialized training in “Bioterrorism: Mass Prophylaxis Preparedness and Planning.”

6/21/2013

New US&R Rescue Certificate Program recognizes responders with advanced training


TEEX has launched a new US&R Rescue Specialist Certificate Program, which recognizes members of urban search and rescue teams who have completed more than 300 hours of advanced training.

6/19/2013

Quanta Services taps TEEX for Electrical Power Systems Overview


Quanta Services recently selected TEEX Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute to train staff members in an Electrical Power Systems Overview course.

6/12/2013

Texas A&M President Bowen Loftin urges Aggies and others to prepare for disaster


A Public Service Announcement by Texas A&M President Bowen Loftin urges Aggies and others to prepare for disasters.

6/10/2013

iPads to improve learning experience in Incident Command Train-the-Trainer course


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is leveraging technology and changing the way trainers learn to teach the Incident Command System (ICS) to responders in cities and departments nationwide.

6/5/2013

Wiatt Physical Skills Training Complex will enhance programs for Police Academy cadets


The $2.2 million Robert E “Bob” Wiatt Physical Skills Training Complex at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus was dedicated May 16 at a ceremony that drew Texas A&M University System dignitaries, local law enforcement officials, cadets from the Central Texas Police Academy and family and friends of the late Robert E. “Bob” Wiatt. The 3,100-square-foot facility will serve the cadets of TEEX's Central Texas Police Academy.

6/5/2013

27 graduate from capstone program for fire service leaders


Twenty-seven leaders in the fire service are the latest graduates of the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) program, a joint initiative between the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M University Mays Business School.

5/23/2013

Texas Task Force 1 demobilizing


Texas Task Force 1 has completed their assigned missions in Moore, OK in support of the local jurisdiction and is demobilizing today.

5/22/2013

TX-TF1 assists local jurisdictions


Gov. Rick Perry yesterday activated Texas Task Force 1 at FEMA's request to assist local, state and federal responders in Oklahoma

5/22/2013

First day of search and rescue operations in Moore, OK


Texas Task Force 1, in their first day of search and rescue operations in Moore, OK on Tuesday, searched over 350 structures in their assigned zone.

5/20/2013

Texas Task Force 1 Activated


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) along with the Incident Support Team (IST) cache has been activated by FEMA through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and will deploy from their facility in College Station to Oklahoma.

5/3/2013

Children in Crisis: New course addresses pediatric emergency planning


A new course developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is designed to help first responders, emergency managers, EMS and hospital emergency room personnel plan and prepare to manage a disaster that impacts children.

4/30/2013

Training for Disaster: Realistic incident management scenarios prepare responders


At TEEX’s Emergency Operations Training Center in College Station, unique, scenario-based simulations are used to train responders from across the nation to manage a realistic, large-scale crises using a unified command approach.

4/29/2013

Texas Workforce Commission unveils online resource for economic development


Texas communities now have a new resource to help attract business and development opportunities to the Lone Star State. “SitesOnTexas 2.0 is a geographic mapping resource that allows workforce and economic development professionals to effectively collaborate with employers and plan for business expansion, job retention and workforce training,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.

4/26/2013

Public Works experts help assess water lines, sewer system in West blast zone


A Public Works Assessment Team, part of the Public Works Response Team (PWRT), deployed to West, TX, on April 24. In their operational period Thursday, the team assisted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the West city engineer with testing and documentation of the integrity of the city sewer system in the blast impact zone. City drinking water service lines will be tested today.

4/25/2013

Public Works Response Team deploys to West, TX


At the request of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the State Operations Center (SOC) has asked TEEX to mobilize a Public Works Assessment Team to deploy to West, TX.

4/24/2013

Create a man-made F5 tornado for product testing? No problem!


When SR Systems needed to test its products in an F5 tornado, the TEEX Product Development Center (PDC) and its collaborators across The Texas A&M University System tackled the challenge. As part of an agency known for simulating huge fires, explosions and destroyed cities for training purposes, the PDC team and its partners soon developed just what the company needed - a man-made tornado.

4/22/2013

Gamez receives Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation scholarship


Joseph Gamez of Shiner, Texas,a graduate of the 140th Firefighter Recruit Academy class, is the first recipient of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation scholarship.

4/22/2013

TX-TF1 Red Team demobilized after completing search & rescue efforts in West


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) was demobilized Saturday by the Texas Division of Emergency Management after a two-day deployment to West, Texas, for search and rescue operations following the explosion of the West Fertilizer Plant on Wednesday, April 17.

4/19/2013

TX-TF1 wraps up second day of search & rescue in West, TX


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) is wrapping up their second operational period in support of the search & rescue efforts in West, TX. The team continued delayering the apartment complex structure and performed secondary searches of the neighborhood north of Meadows Drive. The team also performed a wide area search of the West Fertilizer Plant.

4/18/2013

Texas Task Force 1 deployed to West, TX, following fertilizer plant explosion


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) was activated just before 1 a.m. this morning by the Governor through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and deployed from their facility in College Station to West, Texas, around 6 a.m. to assist the jurisdiction in search and rescue operations after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant.

4/18/2013

TX-TF1 completes first period of search & rescue at devastated apartment complex


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) is wrapping up their first operational period in support of the search & rescue efforts in West, TX. The team will conclude the day, concentrating on the devastated apartment complex.

4/17/2013

Summit offers 320 hours of reduced cost workforce training in San Antonio


Twenty-four courses and more than 320 hours of training will be offered during the Infrastructure and Safety Summit on May 20-24 in San Antonio. Courses range from 4 hours to 31 hours in length, and will be conducted by subject-matter experts from TEEX’s Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute. Reduced tuition fees range from $0 to $100 per class.

4/5/2013

Tarleton State to provide college credit for TEEX Certified Safety and Health Official™


Tarleton State University is the latest institution of higher education to grant college credit for the TEEX Certified Safety and Health Official™ (CSHO) program. Under a new agreement, Tarleton State will provide up to 36 hours of college credit toward a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Manufacturing and Industrial Management for those who earn the CSHO.

3/22/2013

TEEX Fire Academy graduates 46 new firefighters


Forty-six fire academy students will graduate today and join the ranks of professional firefighters around the world. During the 12-week training program conducted by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), these recruits received both classroom and hands-on training in every aspect of basic firefighting at the Brayton Fire Training Field.

3/19/2013

Bethel University agreement gives TEEX students a pathway to college degree


Students who train with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and are interested in applying their technical training toward a degree in higher education have a new opportunity through Bethel University in Tennessee. The Bethel University College of Public Service has agreed to provide TEEX students up to 47 hours of elective college credit toward the 128 hours required to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree, which can be completed online.

3/18/2013

Derailed train serves as training ground for Passenger Rail Rescue course


Though it might be mistaken for a movie set for the latest disaster flick, the Amtrak train at Disaster City® is a purposely staged “derailment” that serves as a training ground for passenger rail search and rescue. Sixteen responders recently spent a week on and around the seven-car passenger train derailment, learning and practicing the skills they would need to rescue victims of a passenger or commuter train incident.

3/14/2013

25th Spring Fire School sets new record for attendance


The TEEX Spring Fire Training School set a new attendance record last week as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. The annual school drew 410 firefighters and emergency responders to the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station for a week of specialized training.

3/12/2013

Learn the steps to boosting economic development in your community


Learn the steps to boosting economic development in your community at the upcoming Basic Economic Development Course in Frisco, TX. The four-day course will be held June 4-7, 2013, and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

3/11/2013

TEEX to conduct training for Minnesota HazMat Response Team


The Minnesota HazMat Response Team has selected the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to conduct hazardous materials training for 50 responders. They responders will attend a 50-hour course leading to certification at the NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Transportation Specialist level.

3/7/2013

TEEX offers no-cost compliance training on Safe Drinking Water Act


TEEX Infrastructure and Safety Institute is offering no-cost compliance training on the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) at locations across the country through a $3 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The training is targeting small drinking water systems that serve communities with a population of less than 10,000.

3/6/2013

TEEX to conduct training and exercises for New Jersey Transit


New Jersey Transit is partnering with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) for preparedness and emergency response training, exercises, and on-site exercise planning support.

3/6/2013

Bunker Gear Drying Facility under construction at Brayton Fire Field


The new Bunker Gear Drying Facility under construction at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station will provide climate-controlled space for storage and drying of firefighter clothing for multi-day training classes.

2/27/2013

Recruit firefighters help evaluate protective clothing designed to reduce fatalities


New technologies, such as the Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform (WASP), show promise in reducing firefighter deaths and disabilities through location tracking and physiological monitoring of individual firefighters in real-time. TEEX PDC executed a test-bed agreement with Globe Manufacturing Co. to evaluate WASP in a 100-hour extended field trial in December 2012.

2/26/2013

Odessa College joins with TEEX to offer specialized training to oil and gas workers


Oil and gas workers in the Permian Basin will have easier access to safety and health training through a new agreement between Odessa College and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Odessa College has been designated a TEEX Cooperative Learning Center (CLC), authorizing the college to teach TEEX safety and health classes within the college’s service area.

2/8/2013

FEMA selects TEEX to provide training for National Urban Search & Rescue Response System


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) a contract to provide all of the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) training for the National US&R Response System. TEEX will provide US&R courses at various locations across the country and also at its Disaster City® training facility located in College Station, TX.

2/7/2013

NJ Transit police officers complete rescue operations training at Disaster City


The New Jersey Transit Police Department is sending two squads of approximately 20 officers through structural collapse and rescue courses at Disaster City® in College Station, which is operated by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

2/1/2013

TEEX training helps New Orleans officials, responders prepare for Super Bowl


New Orleans and Superdome officials and emergency responders tapped TEEX and its National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center to provide training to help them plan and prepare to manage any large incident that could occur during the 2013 Super Bowl.

1/30/2013

Online Fire Recruit Academy eligible for Blinn College credit


Students who complete the TEEX online Recruit Fire Training Academy, <A HREF="http://www.firefighteracademy.com" class="subnav" target="_blank">www.firefighteracademy.com</A> are now eligible for up to 25 college credit hours through Blinn College. The agreement, signed in December, provides college credit for the new blended learning course, which was launched in 2012 by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in conjunction with PennWell Corp.

1/28/2013

TEEX purchases 17.8 acres adjacent to Disaster City


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has purchased a 17.8-acre tract of land adjacent to its famed Disaster City®, which means the Emergency Preparedness Campus in College Station now stands at nearly 297 acres. In addition to Disaster City, the campus includes the world-renowned Brayton Fire Training Field and the Emergency Operations Training Center.

1/18/2013

Canine teams from 8 states & Australia train at Disaster City®


Twenty-five canine handlers and two search team managers, as well as 17 search and rescue dogs, spent 50 hours honing their skills in Disaster City® during the Disaster Canine Search Specialist class.

1/14/2013

800+ emergency responders gather for Leadership Symposium


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is presenting the 2013 Leadership Development Symposium Jan. 14 - 16 in Frisco, Texas. A cadre of top-notch speakers will provide up-to-date information on leadership, management, safety, budgeting and other relevant topics. The theme for the symposium, which is conducted by TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI), is "Take Charge."

1/10/2013

Five employees honored with TEEX Distinguished Service Award


Five employees were recognized by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award during the agency’s annual reception and awards ceremony.

12/11/2012

TEEX purchases property in College Station Business Park


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has purchased a 60,000-square-foot building in the College Station Business Park, where the agency has been leasing space since 2004.

12/11/2012

Gov. Perry appoints Moore to Texas Commission on Fire Protection


Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Robert Moore of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. The commission enforces statewide fire service standards and provides education and assistance to fire service personnel.

12/4/2012

Canine teams face FEMA Certification Evaluation at Disaster City®


Canine teams from four states met the challenge of Disaster City’s newly reconstructed Rubble Pile #1 on Nov 28-29 as part of a National FEMA Canine Certification Trial hosted by TEEX and Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1).

12/3/2012

NERRTC affiliations leverage, expand homeland security training capabilities


TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) is leveraging and expanding its competencies in homeland security by partnering with other academic institutions that have nationally recognized specialized expertise and capabilities. These affiliations include the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security (KRI) at Northeastern University in Burlington, MA, among others.

11/20/2012

Texas Task Force 1 passes FEMA Peer Evaluation with high marks


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) has passed the FEMA Task Force Operational Readiness Evaluation with flying colors. “We completed the evaluation with very high marks and praise,” said TX-TF1 Operations Chief Jeff Saunders.

11/19/2012

Coppernoll receives Regents Fellow Service Award


John Coppernoll of TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute has been awarded the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

11/16/2012

Delegation of Japanese fire officials visit TEEX


The TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute’s International Team recently hosted 23 distinguished guests from Japan for a tour of the Brayton Fire Training Field, Emergency Operations Training Center, hazmat training area and Disaster City®.

11/12/2012

Online Basic Criminal Investigation course launched by TEEX


TEEX Public Safety & Security has launched a new online version of Basic Criminal Investigation. Thanks to grant funding provided by the Governor’s office, the course is being offered tuition-free until December 2012.

11/5/2012

TEEX online cyber-security courses approved for college credit


The American Council on Education (ACE) Review Team has recommended college credit for 10 online cyber security courses offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

10/18/2012

OTI Southwest Education Center renewal announced by OSHA


The federal government has renewed TEEX’s OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Southwest Education Center, which is one of 28 OTI Education Centers delivering vital occupational safety and health training to U.S. workers and their employers. The OSHA Southwest Education Center is operated by TEEX’s Infrastructure Training and Safety Institute (ITSI) and serves Region VI, a five-state region covering Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas.

10/16/2012

Strategic National Stockpile exercise dispenses medication to 780 people in one hour


TEEX recently facilitated and evaluated a Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Exercise at the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) High School in Pharr, Texas. The mission of the Strategic National Stockpile Program is to ensure the availability and rapid deployment of life-saving pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and equipment necessary to counter the effect of biological, chemical, nerve agents and in naturally occurring disasters like public health pandemics.

10/16/2012

Workers learn the M.O.S.T. skills through TEEX and Time Wise collaboration


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is collaborating with Time Wise Management Systems to fill a need for welders, CNC machine operators and assembly workers for Texas manufacturers through Mobile Outreach Skills Training (M.O.S.T.®).

10/11/2012

Lone Star LTAP center wins grant to improve traffic safety


The Federal Highway Administration has awarded TEEX’s Lone Star Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) a special grant to provide direct technical assistance to traffic signal technicians. It is part of FHWA’s Accelerating Safety Activities Program (ASAP), which provides “seed” funding to spur innovative efforts to improve safety and drive down traffic crashes.

10/5/2012

Texas A&M AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program completes Disaster City® Challenge


Participants in the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program participated in a team-building Disaster City Challenge, designed to hone their leadership and communication skills and their ability to “think on their feet” while facing challenging disaster scenarios.

10/5/2012

$3 million EPA grant to TEEX will provide training, assistance to small water systems


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $3 million to the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service to provide training and technical assistance to small public drinking water systems nationwide to help ensure citizens in these communities have clean, safe drinking water.

10/3/2012

North Dakota Civil Support Team trains at TEEX


Members of the 81st Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) from North Dakota National Guard were at TEEX Sept. 20-28 for hands-on training and exercises. The team honed its skills for response to natural disasters, structural collapse, hazmat incidents and chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents.

9/26/2012

Susan Harwood grant to fund training in Hazard Communication Standard 2012


TEEX’s OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center has received a $120,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to provide training about changes to the Hazard Communication Standard 2012. The funding will allow TEEX to offer a 4-hour training course for workers in high-hazards industries with high-fatality rates.

9/26/2012

New online Public Safety Telecommunicator course launched


A new online Public Safety Telecommunicator course offered by the TEEX Law Enforcement Extension Program is expected to help local law enforcement agencies facing tight budgets. The course is designed to meet training requirements set by TCLEOSE to prepare public safety dispatch personnel to achieve the TCLEOSE Basic Telecommunicator Proficiency Certificate.

9/20/2012

Texas A&M Energy Institute Conference partners with Growing Texas to focus on water issues


The 2012 Annual Energy Institute Conference and Growing Texas Conference, October 3 – 4, in College Station will feature experts from academic programs and state agencies in The Texas A&M System who explore the challenges facing the state’s water resources.

9/7/2012

20 soldiers from Fort Hood graduate from EMT-Paramedic program


Twenty soldiers in the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade at Fort Hood have graduated from a special EMT-Paramedic program offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Army III Corps and Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen.

9/6/2012

Texas Task Force 1 featured in exhibit at the State Capitol


Texas Task Force 1 will be featured in a public exhibit at the State Capitol the week of Sept. 10 in Austin.

8/31/2012

Introducing our new name and logo


The agency's new name, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, becomes effective on Sept. 1, 2012.

8/31/2012

TX-TF1 demobilized from FEMA deployment for Hurricane Isaac


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service will welcome home Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) today. The Task Force has been demobilized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from deployment to Louisiana and is on its way back to College Station this evening.

8/28/2012

Texas Task Force 1 activated in anticipation of Hurricane Isaac


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)-sponsored Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) was activated late last night by FEMA for deployment in anticipation of Hurricane Isaac. The storm is expected to make landfall Tuesday night somewhere along the coast of Louisiana. TX-TF1 resources will stage a Type 1 US&R Team in a designated area to respond quickly to assist where requested.

8/17/2012

New canine agility project at Disaster City gets two-paws up


The grand opening of the new canine agility project at Disaster City® was held last week at a training workshop attended by 13 Texas Task Force 1 canine teams.

8/16/2012

‘TEEX PDC TESTED’ trademark ensures reliable performance under real-world conditions


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Product Development Center (TEEX PDC) has introduced the new "TEEX PDC TESTED" trademark. This trademark is a sign that a product or technology performs reliably as intended under acceptable, repeatable, real-world conditions.

8/9/2012

Course focuses on tools, skills for successful economic development


An upcoming workshop will teach the fundamental concepts, tools and skills needed to be successful in economic development in Texas’ political, economic and business environment. The 4-day Basic Economic Development Course will be held Sept. 11-14 in Austin.

8/7/2012

FireFighterAcademy.com: 200+ years of training packed into one online course


The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and PennWell Corporation’s Fire Engineering Books & Videos are proud to announce the Fall 2012 launch of FireFighterAcademy.com — a comprehensive online course for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter I and II certification

8/2/2012

Firefighters flock to College Station for 2012 Texas Fire Schools


Brayton Fire Training Field was a hotbed of activity in July, with more participants this year at all three weeklong summer Fire Training Schools.

8/2/2012

Certified Water Professional certificate program launched


The TEEX Infrastructure Training and Safety Institute (ITSI) Water and Wastewater program has launched a new Certified Water Professional (CWP) certificate program.

7/23/2012

83rd Municipal Fire School underway at Brayton Fire Field


This week marks the 83rd Municipal Fire Training School at the Brayton Fire Training Field. More than 2,500 firefighters and guest instructors have gathered from every corner of Texas, as well as many other states and countries.

7/19/2012

Two training events offered in San Antonio: Safety Rodeo and Water Expo


Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMU-SA) and TEEX are teaming up to bring world-class professional training opportunities to South San Antonio. A Safety Rodeo will be held July 23-26 and a Water Expo will be held July 31 - Aug. 2. Both training events will be held at the Texas A&M-San Antonio Brooks City-Base Campus.

7/18/2012

Firefighting demonstration scheduled for July 25 at Brayton Fire Field


The public is invited to a firefighting demonstration on July 25, sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in conjunction with its 83rd Annual Municipal Fire Training School at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.

7/16/2012

Industrial School Attracts Largest Number Since 1996


More than 760 industrial firefighters and safety officers are at the Brayton Fire Training Field this week for the 50th Industrial Fire Training School, which continues through July 20. The attendees are members of industrial emergency response brigades and safety officers from some of the world's largest oil & gas and chemical companies, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Shell, BP, Valero, Marathon, Dow, DuPont, Enterprise, Sunoco and more.

7/3/2012

TEEX to offer workforce training in therapeutics manufacturing


TEEX is an education partner in the new <A HREF="http://ciadm.tamus.edu/" class="subnav" target="_blank">Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development & Manufacturing</A>, which was awarded to The Texas A&M University System by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. TEEX will train operators and technicians for jobs in the therapeutics manufacturing industry.

6/28/2012

Agreement with Northwestern State will provide college credit for 2 TEEX programs


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Northwestern State University of Louisiana have signed an articulation agreement that will provide college credit for the TEEX Certified Safety & Health Official™ (CSHO) program and the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program.

6/21/2012

20 graduate from Fire Service CEO program offered by TEEX & Texas A&M


Twenty students graduated from the inaugural Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) program held in June at the Center for Executive Development on the Texas A&M Campus. The capstone program for fire service leaders is a joint initiative between TEEX and the Texas A&M University Mays Business School.

6/13/2012

Construction Workers: OSHA 10-HOUR Marathon trains 791 in Houston


On Saturday, June 16,791 people earned their cards during the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Marathon at Aldine Senior High School, 11101 Airline Drive, Houston, Texas.

6/12/2012

Texas Forensic Science Academy receives $425,000 grant to train crime scene investigators


The Texas Forensic Science Academy (TFSA) at TEEX has received a $425,000 training grant from the Governor’s Office, Texas Criminal Justice Division. The grant will allow TFSA to deliver 27 tuition-free courses to over 540 crime scene investigators across the State of Texas.

5/25/2012

VA approves four more TEEX programs for GI Bill education benefits


Four additional courses have been approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for GI Bill education benefits. The programs recently receiving approval are Solar PV Installer, Fire Instructor I, OSH500 Construction Industry Train-the-Trainer and OSH501 General Industry Train-the-Trainer.

5/23/2012

Energy efficiency for commercial buildings is the goal of new TEEX course


Making commercial buildings more energy efficient is the goal of a new training program offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Energy Efficiency for Commercial Building Technicians is designed to help technicians identify areas of improvement and implement applications and techniques that optimize energy performance in new and existing commercial buildings.

5/21/2012

Mock explosion on George Washington Bridge tests interagency response protocols


The George Washington Bridge, connecting Fort Lee, NJ, and Manhattan, was the focus of a simulated explosion and shooting recently in an incident management exercise at the Emergency Operations Training Center in College Station, TX, which is operated by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

5/15/2012

New classroom-based cyber-security courses aimed at assisting communities


The Texas Engineering Extension Service has added three face-to-face cyber-security courses to complement its suite of no-cost online courses geared toward assisting the state, local, tribal, public and private sectors to detect, prevent, respond and recover from cyber attacks and incidents. TEEX acquired the courses from the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS).

5/14/2012

Officials learn the when, why and how of public information in a crisis


Getting information out to the public in times of disaster is vital to saving lives, but it requires planning, training and practice. The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s two-day, grant-funded course, <A HREF="http://www.teex.org/teex.cfm?pageid=training&area=teex&templateid=14&Division=USAR&Course=MGT318" class="subnav">"Public Information in a WMD/Terrorism Incident” (MGT-318)</A>), covers the management and technical issues that practitioners must master when dealing with the media during times of crisis.

5/3/2012

Product Development Center Open House set for May 10


The TEEX Product Development Center (PDC) is holding an Open House and Technology Showcase on Thursday, May 10, at the H.D. Smith Complex at Brayton Fire Training Field from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Open House will include will include bus tours of TEEX facilities and technology and product demonstrations by several companies.

4/30/2012

TEEX teams up with Mays Business School to offer Fire Service CEO program


TEEX and Texas A&M University’s Center for Executive Development in the Mays Business School have teamed up to offer the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) certificate program, which is designed to provide executive level professional development for company and chief officers within the fire service.

4/26/2012

TEEX names new director for Texas Task Force 1


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has named Billy Parker as the new Director of Texas Task Force 1, the State’s elite Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) team. Parker had been serving as the Interim Director since March.

4/20/2012

Work Zone Awareness Week: TEEX offers 776th class in Work Zone Traffic Control


April 23-27, 2012, is National Work Zone Awareness Week. For nearly 30 years, TEEX has worked alongside the Texas Department of Transportation using courses like Work Zone Traffic Control to improve traffic safety in highway work zones across Texas. Next week, TEEX delivers the Work Zone Traffic Control course for the 776th time.

4/19/2012

TEEX marks the 70th anniversary of law enforcement extension training in Texas


2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the beginnings of formal law enforcement extension training in Texas. The training was initially offered by the Industrial Extension Training Service of Texas A&M University, the forerunner of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The anniversary is being commemorated by the TEEX Public Safety & Security division, which continues to conduct extension law enforcement training across the state and operates the Central Texas Police Academy.

4/17/2012

ACE recommends eight more TEEX courses for college credit


The American Council on Education (ACE) recently completed a review and, in its preliminary report, recommended college credit for eight additional TEEX courses, bringing the total number of ACE-approved courses to 97.

4/6/2012

TEEX announces resignation of Robert McKee


College Station, TX - The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) announced today that Robert McKee has resigned as Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response and Texas Task Force 1.

4/6/2012

Summer Camp to Groom Tomorrow’s Biomedical Minds


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Texas A&M University National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) have announced plans for the inaugural NCTM Summer Camp in June 2012. This camp, for 9th and 10th grade students, is made possible through a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Summer Merit Program (SMP).

4/5/2012

U.S. Coast Guard calls on TEEX for oil spill control training


TEEX will train as many as 450 members of the U.S. Coast Guard in Coastal Oil Spill Operations through a five-year USCG contract. Those scheduled to attend the 40-hour spill control tactics and operations include members of the three U.S. Coast Guard Strike Teams, which would respond to an oil spill incident: the Gulf Strike Team, the Pacific Strike Team and the Atlantic Strike Team.

3/29/2012

Sustainable practices, technologies can boost rural Texas economy


The upcoming Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) 2012 Spring Conference in Rockwall, Texas, will promote economic development and job growth in rural Texas. The Texas Engineering Extension Service is partnering with the TEDC conference to host the 1-day <A HREF="https://www.texasedc.org/node/721" class="subnav" target="_blank">Growing Green Communities conference track</A> on April 19 at the Hilton Bella Harbor in Rockwall.

3/14/2012

TEEX Certified Safety & Health Official™ program adds 3 tracks, earns BCSP recognition


The industry-recognized TEEX Certified Safety & Health Official™ (CSHO) Degree and Certificate Program has added three new specialty tracks for safety personnel in electric power, wind generation and industrial emergency response. The fully accredited TEEX CSHO degree programs are now recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) toward the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and Certified Safety professional (CSP) educational requirements.

3/13/2012

Multi-disciplinary teams prepare for crisis at sports or special event venue


A new course, Sports and Special Events Incident Management (MGT404), helps ensure public safety and security by helping to prepare a multi-discipline team to handle a major incident that could occur at a large sports or special event venue. Participants learn the importance of planning and preparing for special events and developing key partnerships before a crisis occurs.

3/8/2012

Registration for Basic Economic Development Course now open


Registration for the 2012 Spring Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) is open and spaces are filling up rapidly. The BEDC has been designed for anyone interested in economic development -- at the local, regional, and state level.

3/7/2012

Record attendance this week at the TEEX Spring Fire Training School


The 24th Annual TEEX Spring Fire Training School (Spring School) has a record 387 students attending courses at the Brayton Fire Training Field this week. In addition to the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) Spring School, regularly scheduled classes are being held bringing the total number of students at Brayton Fire Training Field well above 700.

3/5/2012

Texas Task Force 1 search and rescue canines and handlers retire


Three Search and Rescue Canines, and three Canine Search Specialists from Texas Task Force 1(TX-TF1) have retired. Search and rescue dogs Rose, Blade and Maggie retired after a combined 25 years of service with the State’s Urban Search & Rescue Team, which also serves as one of the 28 FEMA Task Forces.

3/2/2012

TEEX and Tarleton State sign Cooperative Agreement for college credit


Tarleton State University and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) have signed an agreement whereby credits earned in TEEX training classes can be applied toward Tarleton degrees.

3/2/2012

HazMat Illicit Laboratory courses prepare responders for call to suspected drug lab


Law enforcement officers and other emergency responders often face dangerous situations and even explosive chemicals during otherwise routine calls. That's why TEEX offers grant-funded training that helps prepare emergency response personnel and other public servants who may encounter an illicit laboratory used for manufacturing illegal drugs, or even chemical or biological weapons.

2/24/2012

TEEX Water & Wastewater continuing ed courses on WaterWorld website


Pennwell Publishing called on TEEX to develop web-based courses for its <A HREF="http://www.waterworldce.com/" class="subnav" target="_blank">WaterWorld Continuing Education</A> website, which are now available to water and wastewater professionals nationwide.

2/16/2012

TEEX provides EMT-Paramedic training to soldiers at Fort Hood


TEEX initiates a specialty program to a select group of soldiers already trained in basic Dentistry and hold the EMT-Basic certification to prepare for the EMT-Paramedic level exam. These civil affairs soldiers are trained for the possibility that they may be functioning as the health care system where they are stationed.

2/13/2012

Wiatt Physical Skills Training Complex construction underway


Construction has begun on the $2.2 million Wiatt Physical Skills Training Complex at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus in Bryan. The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) training facility will bear the name of the late Robert "Bob" Wiatt, an FBI agent and former Texas A&M University Chief of Police.

2/10/2012

New Wilderness Search and Rescue course challenges Bryan FD rescue team


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) held its first-ever NFPA 1006 Wilderness Search and Rescue certification course this month at the Brayton Fire Training Field, challenging participants through a combination of classroom sessions and extensive, outdoor hands-on experiences.

2/7/2012

API storage tank project upgraded for more realistic training at Brayton Fire Field


The API Storage Tank Fires project #45 at Brayton Fire Training Field has been upgraded to enhance the training for firefighters who respond to incidents involving fires at flammable liquid storage facilities.

2/3/2012

NERRTC funding included in 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Act


TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) is expected to receive as much as $22 million through the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2012, which was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President.

2/2/2012

TEEX conducts emergency response exercises for A&M System campuses


TEEX and The Texas A&M University System Office of Safety have teamed up to prepare A&M System universities for emergencies. TEEX has developed and delivered tabletop exercises that present a potential threat or incident scenario. The exercises allow university administration and emergency personnel to work through their response plan to keep students and employees safe.

2/1/2012

Colombia calls on Texas A&M Engineering, TEEX to help clean up contaminated water


The Republic of Colombia is interested in a technology developed by Texas A&M Engineering that could clean contaminated water recovered from drilling and production operations. Colombian officials are also interested in training provided by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) for the technicians, inspectors and engineers that would use the technology.

1/27/2012

Restored 1932 Mack fire engine to be displayed at Brayton Fire Field


A 1932 Mack fire engine, one of the first apparatus used at the Texas Fire Training School, has been restored and will go on display in the Henry D. Smith complex at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, which is operated by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

1/26/2012

Texas A&M Forensics students earn credits toward college degree & forensics certificate


Ten students from the Texas A&M University Forensic and Investigative Sciences program completed a weeklong Crime Scene Investigation course held this month at the Texas Forensic Science Academy (TFSA) located at Riverside Campus. The unique program is a collaboration between Texas A&M and TEEX.

1/19/2012

Wisconsin launches emergency management Training Portal designed by TEEX


Wisconsin Emergency Management has launched the Training Portal developed and hosted by the TEEX's Knowledge Engineering Center (KEC). Wisconsin is the third state to use the KEC software product. The training portal allows emergency managers, first responders and others to register online for local, state and federal classes, keep track of courses completed and even print certificates.

1/13/2012

Passenger Rail Rescue course held at Disaster City


TEEX delivered a 40-hour Passenger Rail Rescue course last month at Disaster City in cooperation with Amtrak. The course was designed and developed in cooperation with Amtrak to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform search and rescue operations at a passenger train or commuter train disaster.

1/13/2012

OSHA selects TEEX as authorized online Outreach Training provider


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Washington, D.C., has announced that TEEX is one of 10 OSHA authorized training providers selected to deliver online courses as part of its Outreach Training Program.

1/2/2012

Forensic Investigator II Certificate awarded to Wendt


Rebecca Wendt, a Crime Scene Technician from the Bryan Police Department and TEEX Public Safety & Security Division Instructor, recently completed all course work requirements necessary to receive her Forensic Investigator II Certificate through the Texas Forensic Science Academy (TFSA).

12/21/2011

2012 Leadership Development Symposium starts Jan. 9


TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) is presenting the 2012 Leadership Development Symposium on Jan. 9-11 in Frisco, Texas. A cadre of top-notch speakers will provide up-to-date information on leadership, management, safety, budgeting and other relevant topics geared for Texas fire officers and EMS personnel.

12/20/2011

Six employees honored with TEEX Distinguished Service Award


Six employees received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) on Friday, Dec. 16, during an awards ceremony at the Brazos County Expo Center. Recipients were Carolyn Abt, Don Bailey, Laura Corn, Ed Fritz, Debbie Patranella and Lee Santo.

12/13/2011

TEEX announces retirement of Associate Director Bill May


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) announced the retirement of Associate Agency Director Bill May, who joined the agency in 1998. May was responsible for Homeland Security Services for the agency as well as Director of the Integrative Center for Homeland Security.

12/6/2011

TEEX forensics experts publish new workbook


Christine Ramirez, Coordinator of the Texas Forensic Science Academy, has published a new book this month with co-author and TEEX Adjunct Casie L. Parish-Fisher, Assistant Professor and Senior Forensic Scientist at St. Edwards University in Austin. CRC Press has published their new workbook, “Crime Scene Processing and Investigation.”

12/6/2011

Emergency Services Training Institute earns re-accreditation from Pro Board


The Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) was re-accredited for 46 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) levels during a recent site visit by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board).

11/30/2011

Wisby promoted to Associate Director of Emergency Services Training Institute


Mike Wisby has been promoted to Associate Director for the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI). He joined the Texas Engineering Extension Service in 1990 after serving as Chief of the Spring Fire Department in Harris County.

11/30/2011

Eleven honored with Growing Green Awards at statewide conference


Nine projects and two elected officials were honored with a 2011 Growing Green Communities Award for promoting sustainable rural development. The awards showcase the best initiatives for creating economic value and opportunity through environmental stewardship, energy conservation and sustainable practices in Texas rural communities.

11/16/2011

Robots from across the globe advance on Disaster City®


On Nov. 14-18, robotics experts and emergency responders from across the globe are gathering at TEEX’s Disaster City in College Station to evaluate and test the latest generation of robots.

11/16/2011

Gray, Peddy tapped for new leadership positions with TEEX


The Texas Engineering Extension Service has announced two appointments to leadership positions with the agency. Dan Gray has been tapped to serve as the Chief Financial Officer and an Associate Agency Director of TEEX. Ron Peddy has been selected to serve as Division Director for the Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute.

11/2/2011

TEEX to launch training program in therapeutics manufacturing


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is partnering with three other educational organizations to build a comprehensive training program for workers in the therapeutics manufacturing industry. The goal is to provide a trained biomedical and pharmaceutical workforce to fill positions in research and manufacturing needed to support the One Health Plus™ Biocorridor initiative in Bryan-College Station.

10/20/2011

TEEX to train solar installers for jobs in renewable energy industry


As a part of its new Alternative Energy Training Program, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is launching its first 40-hour apprentice-level certification course in solar photovoltaic (PV) installation. The 40-hour course will be taught at the TEEX utilities and energy training facility on the Texas A&M Riverside Campus in Bryan, where a new vertical-axis wind generator & solar hybrid street light was recently installed.

10/7/2011

2011 Homeland Security Appropriations Act to provide $22 million training grant


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has announced that the agency will receive $22 million for its National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), which provides specialized homeland security and preparedness training nationwide.

10/4/2011

Veteran enrollment expected to increase at TEEX under Post-9/11 GI Bill


Changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which went into effect Oct. 1, are expected to increase the number of veterans who enroll in the <A HREF="http://www.teex.org/VA" class="subnav">VA-approved programs</A> offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The Post-9/11 GI Bill now allows veterans to use their education benefits at non-college degree-granting schools such as TEEX.

10/3/2011

TEEX opens London office to enhance international business


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has opened its first European office in London as part of the agency’s strategic goal to increase international business. The office will help TEEX grow new business in the United Kingdom and across Europe, said TEEX Director and CEO Gary Sera.

9/22/2011

TEEX Explosives Training leads to Blinn College Fire Science Degree


Students enrolled in the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Explosives Training Program, operated by the Public Safety & Security division, will now be eligible for college credit and future financial aid through an articulation agreement with Blinn College. Under the agreement, Blinn students seeking a Fire Science degree who complete four TEEX Ordnance Removal & Remediation courses would be eligible for 18 semester hours of college credit toward an Associate of Applied Science degree.

9/20/2011

Public Works Response Team assesses water & sewer infrastructure damaged by wildfire


The Texas Public Works Response Team (PWRT) deployed to assist local officials in the recovery from the Bastrop County Complex wildfires that began on Sept. 4. They conducted assessments of several hundred water and sewer connections and infrastructure damaged by the fires.

9/12/2011

Emergency Services Training Institute names two new Associate Directors


Billy Parker and Gordon Lohmeyer have been tapped to fill the role of Associate Director for TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI). ESTI operates TEEX's Brayton Fire Training Field and the Annual Texas Fire Training Schools.

9/12/2011

Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes from mission for Bastrop County wildfires


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) search and rescue team has been demobilized from the Bastrop County Complex Wildfire by the state of Texas after completing its wide area search mission.

9/9/2011

New book tells the history of Texas Task Force 1 through images, stories


A new book, <A HREF="http://www.tamupress.com/product/Texas-Task-Force-1,6727.aspx" class="subnav" target="_blank"> Texas Task Force 1: Urban Search & Rescue</A>, chronicles the team through images and stories of its missions and members, providing a behind-the-scenes look at disaster response through the eyes of the brave men and women who answer the call to serve.

9/8/2011

Bush Presidential Library & TEEX to host ‘9/11 Remembered’ ceremony


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum are hosting “9/11 Remembered” on Friday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. This special ceremony is being held both in memory of the 2,977 lives that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and to honor the many living and deceased heroes who risked their lives that day and in the days after the attacks on the United States.

9/6/2011

TX-TF1 deploys for Bastrop County wildfire search


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), the state's elite search and rescue team, has been deployed to assist local officials and first responders in Bastrop County following the outbreak of wildfires in the area.

8/16/2011

Rural communities in crisis may find relief by “Growing Green”


Drought. Wildfires. Debt. Joblessness. Many rural communities in Texas are facing an economic crisis. Capitalizing on natural resources for alternative energy and adopting sustainable technologies could be the lifeline to pull some communities out of an economic slide.

8/11/2011

Robert ‘Bob’ Wiatt facility approved by Board of Regents


A new $2.2 million multipurpose training facility for the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will be named after the legendary Brazos Valley law enforcement officer and former Texas A&M University Chief of Police, Robert “Bob” Wiatt. The facility name, recently approved by the The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, will be the Robert “Bob” Wiatt Physical Skills Training Complex. The TEEX Public Safety & Security division training facility will be located on the Texas A&M Riverside Campus, with construction scheduled to begin in September.

8/5/2011

Mays Business School and TEEX enter a 5-year agreement


Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) have entered into a five-year agreement to provide mutually beneficial services to both entities. As part of the agreement, TEEX will provide two Disaster City® Challenge events for Mays’ Full-Time and Executive MBA programs annually, and Mays will sponsor one enrollment per year in the Executive MBA program annually for a TEEX employee.

8/5/2011

Moore to lead Emergency Services Training Institute


Robert Moore has been selected to lead one of the top fire and emergency services training programs in the country. The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has named Moore the Director of the Emergency Services Training Institute, which operates the renowned Brayton Fire Training Field.

8/4/2011

Hybrid street light shines on new alternative energy program


Outside the TEEX utilities and energy training facility on the Texas A&M Riverside Campus, a new vertical-axis wind generator and solar hybrid street light has been installed to launch TEEX's new alternative energy training program. TEEX is the first training site in the Brazos Valley that is affiliated with the Texas Renewable Energy Education Consortium (TREEC), and plans to offer its first 40-hour apprentice-level certification course in solar installation, starting Oct. 31.

7/28/2011

Texas Task Force 1 on stand by for Tropical Storm Don


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) is on “Stand By” status in anticipation of the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Don late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

7/28/2011

Pat Barrett Fire School Scholarship established to support Texas firefighters


Pat Barrett’s heart belonged to his family, his country, and to firefighters in the great state of Texas. The Pat Barrett Fire School Scholarship established by his wife, Janet, and his family, will honor the long-time champion and friend of the state’s firefighters by helping others attend the fire school he dearly loved.

7/27/2011

Record-breaking heat + intense flames = exciting Municipal Fire School


Record temperatures in the triple digits have not dampened the spirits of the more than 2,500 firefighters at Brayton Fire Training Field this week for the 82nd Municipal Fire Training School. Undaunted, the firefighters come from every corner of Texas, as well as 15 other states and countries, to hone their skills and techniques to better serve their communities.

7/20/2011

Industrial School attracts emergency responders from Fortune 100 companies


More than 600 industrial firefighters and safety officers are at the Brayton Fire Training Field this week for the 49th Industrial Fire Training School, which continues through July 22. Enrolled in the school are 611 members of industrial emergency response brigades and safety officers from some of the world's largest oil & gas and chemical companies.

7/18/2011

Navasota ISD puts TEEX's Project Protect training to the test


TEEX's School Safety & Security Center recently completed a year-long safety initiative, Project Protect, with the Navasota Independent School District, just prior to a wildfire that broke out in Grimes County.

7/12/2011

More than 630 Spanish-speaking firefighters brave the heat


More than 630 Spanish-speaking firefighters from around the world have begun a week of challenging, intense training at the world-renowned Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station. The firefighters come from more than 15 countries and are in enrolled in weeklong courses offered this year at the 45th annual Escuela para Bomberos en Español. Enrollment is the highest since 2008.

7/7/2011

One-of-a-Kind Spanish Fire School draws firefighters from 18 countries


Hundreds of Spanish-speaking firefighters from across the globe are expected to make the trip to College Station for the 45th annual Spanish Fire Training School (Escuela para Bomberos en Español), which begins July 10.

7/6/2011

Book focuses on practical approach to forensic photography


With over 14 years as a Crime Scene Investigator, Christopher Duncan believes that in court it always begins with photography. Duncan is an Adjunct Instructor of Forensic Photography for the Texas Forensic Science Academy (TFSA) and a Crime Scene Investigator. His new book, <i>Advanced Crime Scene Photography,</i> is designed to help the investigator working in the field.

7/1/2011

Dreaming Big in Hico – Economic development initiative gets underway


Hico, Texas, is a small community with big dreams. It is embarking on an initiative aimed at expanding the local economy through tourism, small business development and associated services. The Hico Economic Development Corp. has called on TEEX to assist in creating the community’s first Economic Development Strategic Plan.

6/10/2011

Aggie students first to earn TEEX Forensic Technician Certificate


The first group of Aggies majoring in the Forensic and Investigative Sciences degree program at Texas A&M University recently earned an important credential to add to their resume: the TEEX Forensic Technician Certificate. The students earned the certificate by completing 80 hours of forensics training through the Texas Forensic Science Academy.

6/9/2011

TEEX rolls out blended learning Incident Management / Unified Command course


TEEX's grant-funded course, MGT 313 - Incident Management/Unified Command, has been recertified as a blended learning course offered through the DHS/FEMA Homeland Security National Training Program.

6/2/2011

Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station expands to 279 acres


TEEX's Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, TX, one of the largest emergency services training complexes in the U.S., has more than doubled in size to 279 acres, following a property transfer from Texas A&M University.

6/1/2011

Unexploded Ordnance Technicians use iPads to usher in TEEX paperless classroom


When the TEEX Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Tech I Class #47 graduated in May, they earned a unique distinction. They became the first class of Unexploded Ordnance Technicians to go digital - instead of lugging around two 3-ring binders, the students were issued iPads loaded with all of their study materials.

5/30/2011

Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes after completing 13 missions in Joplin, Mo.


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) specialty rescue teams have been demobilized by the State of Missouri. The team was comprised of 8 members and 3 canines. During their deployment in Joplin, Mo., the team participated in 13 search missions, and searched several miles and significant areas of interest such as apartment buildings, nursing homes and residential areas.

5/25/2011

TX-TF1 deploying canines, specialized rescue personnel to Joplin


Gov. Rick Perry has authorized the deployment of specialized search and rescue resources from Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to deploy to Joplin, MO. The personnel and canines will assist local responders in the continuing search for victims of Sunday's devastating tornado.

5/20/2011

Emergency drill at Manhattan Bus Terminal culmination of months of preparation


Fifteen agencies recently participated in a realistic, full-scale exercise (FSE)at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey's Bus Terminal in Manhattan. The realistic FSE focused on practicing interagency response protocols developed through many months of planning meetings and exercises conducted by the Port Authority with assistance from TEEX.

5/20/2011

TEEX hosts 70 Texas leaders at Lyceum conference


TEEX recently hosted the quarterly conference of the Texas Lyceum in College Station. Seventy Lyceum Directors and alumni from across the state spent two days examining how Texas prepares emergency personnel and officials to act quickly and effectively to save lives and restore critical infrastructure during a disaster.

5/13/2011

Interim warehouse/apartment complex ready for upcoming Fire Schools


The three-story warehouse and apartment complex burn project at Brayton Fire Training Field will be torn down to make way for a modern interior firefighting training complex. While the new complex is under construction, an interim interior firefighting burn prop has been completed and tested, and is now ready for the 2011 Fire Schools.

5/6/2011

EMS Lab provides realistic training with working ambulance & hospital ER setting


A new state-of-the-art training laboratory for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics has expanded the agency's capacity for hands-on scenarios and practical skills training in emergency medicine. The EMS Lab, located at the Brayton Fire Training Field, includes the back of a working ambulance and a hospital Emergency Room examination area, as well as typical office and home settings to provide realistic training.

4/29/2011

Bunte retiring as Chief of Brayton Fire Training Field


Chief Les Bunte is retiring as Director of the Emergency Services Training Institute and the Brayton Fire Training Field, which are operated by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Since he joined TEEX eight years ago, Bunte has overseen a number of major improvement projects at the Brayton Fire Training Field. He has worked tirelessly to improve the training of Texas firefighters while also expanding TEEX training partnerships across the globe.

4/28/2011

Texas Task Force 1 on alert for possible deployment


<p><b>Update:</b> Texas Task Force 1 has received notice from FEMA to stand down as of 5 p.m. today. FEMA has confirmed with officials in Alabama and Georgia that US&R assets will not be needed.</p> <p>Texas Task Force 1 had been placed on alert for possible deployment by FEMA in the wake of tornadoes that swept through the Southeast yesterday.</p>

4/28/2011

Search & rescue team TX-TF1 hones skills at Disaster City® this weekend


With ongoing violence overseas, international catastrophes and the recent outbreak of devastating weather events, Texas’ elite search and rescue team – Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) – will hone its skills in preparation for future responses by participating in a Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) this weekend in Disaster City® in College Station, TX.

4/19/2011

IAFC calls on TEEX expertise for hydrogen fuel eLearning course


TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) and Knowledge Engineering Center (KEC) are developing the curriculum and online campus for a hydrogen fuel training program housed within the National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center.

4/15/2011

iPads enhance learning experience in Forensic Photography class


TEEX's Forensic Science Academy has tapped into mobile technology to enhance the learning experience of students in its Forensic Photography training courses.

4/13/2011

Interface Ecology Lab brings team coordination game to Disaster City®


The Interface Ecology Lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has designed the Team Coordination Game (TeC) to improve the safety of emergency responders and those they serve by studying firefighters at the Brayton Firefighter Training Field.

4/12/2011

Texas Task Force 1, TEEX and Texas Military Forces hold joint training


A group of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) helicopter search and rescue technicians and Texas Military Forces UH-60 helicopter pilots and crew chiefs recently held a joint monthly training session at Camp Bullis in San Antonio.

4/1/2011

Port Authority training exercise focuses on opening of the 9/11 Memorial


The PATH train station located below One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial were the focus of a simulated crisis last week at TEEX’s Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC). The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey brought 47 first responders and emergency management officials to College Station, Texas, to participate in an incident management exercise.

3/31/2011

$10.8 million contract signed for Security Training Program in Abu Dhabi


TEEX Public Safety & Security (PS&S) has signed a $10.8 million contract with Power Training of the United Arab Emirates to provide a Security Training Program (STP) to members of the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) in Abu Dhabi.

3/11/2011

329 firefighters attend Spring Fire Training School


Firefighters from four countries attended the 23rd Annual Spring Fire Training School at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station. The school, held March 6-11, drew 329 firefighters from as far away as Colombia, Chile and Canada, as well as Texas and at least 10 other states.

3/10/2011

West Midlands, U.K., Fire & Rescue officials visit TEEX


Officials from the West Midlands, U.K., Fire and Rescue visited TEEX Disaster Preparedness and Response recently, where they were able to observe a mobilization of Texas Task Force 1, which was staged in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for the Super Bowl.

3/7/2011

Robots from around the world go underground at Disaster City&reg;


Robots and researchers from Japan, the United States and the U.S. military will converge on Disaster City&reg; in College Station, Texas, on Tuesday, March 8, to conduct two days of underground mine rescue and tunnel exploration experiments.

3/4/2011

Humanitarian demining field designed for TEEX training program


A new minefield training grid for the TEEX Explosives Safety and Security Training Program was inaugurated during the Demining class held last week on the Riverside Campus. The field expands the program's capabilities in the area of training in humanitarian demining.

2/24/2011

City & County of Los Angeles tap TEEX for incident management training


The city and county of Los Angeles have tapped TEEX to help them train and prepare approximately 150 emergency responders who will form four Incident Management Teams to serve approximately 14 million Los Angeles area residents. The jurisdictional Enhanced Incident Management/Unified Command training program is conducted at TEEX's Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC) in College Station.

2/23/2011

Los Angeles firefighters attend training in shipboard firefighting


Forty-five firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department have completed a customized contract class in "Shipboard Firefighting for Land-based Firefighters" conducted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.

2/17/2011

TEEX collaborates with Texas A&M on campus emergency plan


TEEX is assisting Texas A&M University in developing an integrated, comprehensive emergency management plan that can be used as a model and resource for universities nationwide.

2/15/2011

TEEX, TTI collaborate to improve investigation of pedestrian/vehicle crashes


Approximately 4,500 pedestrians are killed in vehicle collisions each year, and TEEX and the Texas Transportation Institute are collaborating to train law enforcement officers who investigate these crashes.

2/14/2011

Nebraska Civil Support Team trains at Disaster City®


Twenty-four members of the 72nd Civil Support Team (CST) from Lincoln, Neb., recently completed a week of training and hands-on scenario-based exercises at TEEX’s Disaster City®.

2/10/2011

Texas Task Force 1 mobilizes, trains in D/FW metroplex


Nearly 100 members of the Texas Task Force 1 red team mobilized to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on Feb. 5, remained on standby for the duration of the Super Bowl XLV, and demobilized on Monday, Feb. 7.

2/3/2011

TEEX signs agreement with Belgium Directorate-General for Civil Protection


TEEX has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Belgium Civil Protection unit, which is part of the Belgium Ministry of Home Affairs. The agreement will allow the two organizations to exchange experience, information, training and technology.

2/3/2011

Driving simulator will improve training, save lives of Texas firefighters


Driving collisions are the second leading cause of injury and death in the fire service, but Texas firefighters now have access to a state-of-the-art emergency vehicle driving simulator. The mobile MPRI FireSim™ driving simulator was purchased by TEEX through a grant from FEMA to provide training to improve driver decision-making and vehicle handling. Housed in a 32-foot trailer, the simulator will be traveling across the state to fire departments, TEEX area fire schools and other special events corodinated by the TEEX Fire Extension Training Program.

2/2/2011

Protecting nation’s critical infrastructure goal of new courses


TEEX is offering two new courses that address the threats against the nation's Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR). The courses are certified by the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA.

1/25/2011

Website will assist in efficient design and construction of educational facilities


TEEX's Knowledge Engineering Center is developing the website for the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities, as part of a Department of Education grant awarded to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. The project's goal is to assist the educational community in the planning, design, financing, construction, improvement, operations and maintenance of educational facilities.

1/25/2011

38 complete Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I training in Qatar


Two training courses have been conducted by the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC) for Qatar Petroleum (QP) Regional Fire Departments - Fire Instructor and Fire Officer (Crew Command) courses. Thirty-eight QP employees have completed both levels of training: Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I.

1/24/2011

Growing Green conference in Aransas Pass to focus on sustainable development


The Growing Green - Aransas Pass conference on Feb. 24-25 at the Aransas Pass Civic Center will focus on how sustainable industries and technologies can boost the South Texas economy. Conference topics will include renewable energy projects, sustainable practices in agriculture, water conservation technologies, energy-saving ideas, tax credits, state and federal incentives, financing tools and best practices.

1/18/2011

Announcement concerning NERRTC


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today announced plans to immediately reduce staffing at the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC). Forty-two people are affected by the announcement, which includes both salaried and hourly staff members. TEEX attributes the layoffs to significant funding reductions from the state.

1/18/2011

Texas A&M students get hands-on training in crime scene investigation


In a unique arrangement with TEEX, students at Texas A&M University earned elective credit hours between semesters by attending a weeklong course offered through the Texas Forensic Science Academy (TFSA) last week. The students, who are enrolled in the Texas A&M Forensic and Investigative Sciences program, earned credit for attending the crime scene investigation course.

1/14/2011

Distinguished Service Award presented to five employees


Five employees with the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) received the agency’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, at a recent ceremony held at the Brazos Expo Center. Employees who received the top award were Larry Dyer, Keith McLeroy, Elizabeth Morris, Joan Quintana and Jeff Saunders.

1/12/2011

Alotto and Bunte receive Regents Fellow Service Award


Anthony “Tony” Alotto and Leslie “Les” Bunte received the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

12/22/2010

TEEX to operate Integrative Center for Homeland Security for the A&M System


The Texas A&M University System Integrative Center for Homeland Security (ICHS) has officially been transferred to the Texas Engineering Extension Service.

12/21/2010

TEEX, Coventry University collaborate on innovative training environments


TEEX and Coventry University in Coventry, U.K., have joined forces to develop a new training initiative in emergency rescue and disaster management.

11/22/2010

A&M System members team up to improve forensics training in Texas


An agreement signed by officials with the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Tarleton State University will improve the training of forensic technicians and investigators in Texas, while providing an opportunity for some to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration.

11/22/2010

Port Authority Bus Terminal holds mock bombing drill at EOTC


TEEX's Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC) was the scene recently of a computer-simulated emergency drill for The Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan - the largest and busiest bus terminal in the world. This was the first time the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Lincoln Tunnel had held a joint emergency drill, and about 49 emergency response personnel and officials from New York City and The Port Authority participated in the exercise.

11/17/2010

MEDIA ADVISORY: Retraining wounded veterans for career as UXO Technician


Some veterans in the Wounded Warriors program are interested in the UXO Technician I training program offered by TEEX. On Nov. 18, a veteran of the war in Iraq with a prosthetic leg will be demonstrating the possibilities for wounded veterans to participate in this career field.

11/16/2010

Course focuses on medical response to bombing incidents


TEEX has joined with New Mexico Tech to offer a new Department of Homeland Security-certified course for medical personnel who may respond to an explosion or bombing incident. The 16-hour course is offered at no cost to jurisdictions nationwide as part of the DHS/FEMA Homeland Security National Training Program under the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).

11/8/2010

OSHA funds work zone safety program for Spanish-speaking highway workers


TEEX has received a Susan Harwood grant from OSHA to fund a new work zone safety initiative aimed at Spanish-speaking highway construction workers in the five-state OSHA Region VI covered by the OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center.

11/5/2010

2010 Meter School draws record number of participants


The 2010 Southwest Electrical Metering Assocation (SWEMA) Texas Meter School drew a record 179 participants to the Texas A&M Riverside Campus in Bryan on Oct. 25-29. Attendees came from 12 states and from as far away as Brazil.

11/2/2010

Growing Green conference offers tools to boost West Texas economy


The first Growing Green Sustainable Rural Development Conference will be held Dec. 1-2, 2010, in Odessa, Texas. Attendees will learn how green or sustainable industries and technologies can boost the West Texas economy, improve a company’s bottom line and create jobs.

10/22/2010

Energy company chooses TEEX for its emergency management expertise


Petrobras America, Inc., part of the Brazilian state-run energy giant Petrobras (Petroleo Brasileiro), has called on TEEX for its expertise and assistance in reviewing and exercising the company's emergency operations plan.

10/18/2010

First TEEX recruit fire training program in Qatar gets under way


Twenty Qatar Petroleum (QP) Fire Protection Program trainees are beginning their fourth week of a 20-week basic recruit academy conducted by TEEX at the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC) in Ras Laffan, Qatar. The Pro Board certification course is the first course delivery for the TEEX team in Qatar.

10/7/2010

Communi-Versity project to benefit city of Prairie View & Prairie View A&M


TEEX is facilitating the creation of a first-of-its kind economic development strategy for the City of Prairie View, which is home to Prairie View A&M University. The effort has been dubbed the "Communi-Versity Economic Development Initiative."

10/7/2010

Course brings public & private sector together to protect critical infrastructure


A national effort is under way to combat the threats against America's Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources (CIKR), and TEEX training is helping to address those threats and enhance the protection and rapid restoration of these vital assets. The new course, "Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources (CIKR) Awareness," brings private sector and public jurisdictional partners together to work toward a common goal.

9/15/2010

California explosion demonstrates need for TEEX pipeline emergency training


The explosion of a natural gas pipeline on Sept. 9 in San Bruno, Calif.,is the latest incident that demonstrates the importance of TEEX's role in training responders in pipeline safety and emergency response operations. TEEX has a state-of-the-art, 2,300-foot underground pipeline at the Brayton Fire Training Field with eight above-ground training props and a loading terminal designed specifically for training responders to manage and mitigate pipeline emergencies and hazardous materials leaks.

9/14/2010

Wendt is first to earn Forensic Investigator I certificate from TEEX


Crime Scene Technician Rebecca Wendt of the Bryan Police Department has been awarded the first Forensic Investigator I certificate from the Texas Forensic Science Academy, which is operated by TEEX.

9/8/2010

Texas Task Force 1 deploys swiftwater rescue teams


The Texas Department of Emergency Management notified Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to deploy four swiftwater rescue teams across the state due to heavy rain from Tropical Storm Hermine.

9/7/2010

Texas Task Force 1 to be recognized at Sept. 11 A&M football game


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) urban search and rescue team will be recognized at the Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech football game at Kyle Field on Sept. 11. More than 135 current and former Task Force members will be recognized during the pregame activities as part of Texas First Responders Day. Nine years ago, the Task Force was mobilized when the 9/11 attacks occurred, and 74 team members responded to the site of the World Trade Center, spending nine days working around the clock at Ground Zero in New York City.

9/6/2010

Lean manufacturing activities reduce backlog, increase production


A team from TEEX Knowledge Engineering helped aerospace supplier T&K Machine, Inc., of Paris, Texas, make improvements that led to $111,200 in annual savings through training in lean manufacturing techniques.

8/19/2010

Heavy equipment operator skills training paves the way to employment


A new TEEX 240-hour Heavy Equipment Operator Training program has graduated its first class, providing the graduates with hands-on skills training that can serve as a “stepping stone” to a job in the construction field. The program was a collaborative effort of TEEX and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

8/12/2010

EDA grant will promote green economic development opportunities in rural Texas


The Economic Development Administration (EDA), of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has awarded more than $516,000 to TEEX for a statewide education program on sustainable and green economic development opportunities for rural and economically distressed areas of Texas.

8/10/2010

Texas State Guard receives oil spill response & incident management training


Over the next three days, 26 members of the Texas State Guard are receiving specialized training in oil spill response strategies from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The hands-on training is being conducted Aug. 10-12 at Lake Bastrop – North Shore Park.

8/6/2010

Concrete-breaching tool demonstrated at Disaster City®


TEEX's Disaster City® is fast becoming the top destination worldwide for testing and demonstrating new tools and technology for urban search and rescue responders. This was evident recently as TEEX instructors and responders put a new, portable, self-contained concrete-breaching tool to the test.

8/3/2010

90 TEEX courses approved for college credit by American Council on Education


The American Council on Education (ACE) recently recommended college credit for 29 additional TEEX courses, bringing the number of TEEX courses approved for ACE credit to 90. More than 1,800 colleges recognize ACE-approved courses.

7/29/2010

Legislators battle blazes to gain perspective on state’s firefighter training


Nearly 40 Texas Legislators and staff members were in College Station Wednesday, along with staff members serving U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, to learn more about the training that Texas firefighters receive to better protect citizens and property.

7/27/2010

MEDIA ADVISORY: Nearly 2,000 firefighters take the heat to improve skills


The 81st Annual Municipal Fire Training School is under way this week. It's the largest school of its kind in the world. This year, more than 1,900 students and 502 guest instructors and safety officers are in attendance. The school is hosted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in conjunction with the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas.

7/23/2010

Public Firefighting Demonstration July 28


On July 28, TEEX will host a public firefighting demonstration in conjunction with Municipal Fire Training School.

7/22/2010

TX-TF1 demobilizes swiftwater & helicopter rescue teams from Rio Grande flooding


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) swiftwater and helicopter rescue teams were demobilized Wednesday, July 21, by the Texas Division of Emergency Management after a seven-day deployment to South Texas for widespread flooding along the Rio Grande river.

7/21/2010

Industrial firefighters attend training; Municipal School starts July 25


Exactly 533 firefighters from refineries and other industries from across the country are attending a week of training at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station. The 48th annual Industrial Fire School will continue through Friday.

7/15/2010

700 Spanish-speaking firefighters in College Station for 2010 Fire School


Almost 700 Spanish-speaking firefighters are at the Brayton Fire Training Field for a week of challenging, intense training that covers topics from basic firefighting operations and hazardous materials incidents to rescue techniques and officer development. The 44th annual Spanish Fire Training School (Escuela para Bomberos en Español) classes began on Monday, July 12, and continue through Friday.

7/14/2010

Texas Task Force 1 swiftwater teams recalled to South Texas for potential flooding


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) has activated and deployed three swiftwater rescue teams to South Texas today (7/14/10) due to the potential for the Rio Grande river to flood over the next few days. The swiftwater rescue teams will be on standby in South Texas, awaiting requests by local jurisdictions should they experience flash flooding.

7/12/2010

Texas Task Force 1 swiftwater teams demobilize as Rio Grande flooding recedes


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) swiftwater and helicopter rescue teams were demobilized this morning (July 12) by the Texas Division of Emergency Management after a four-day deployment to South Texas for widespread flooding along the Rio Grande. The Texas Public Works Response Team still has members assisting local officials with restoring public utilities and flood recovery efforts.

7/9/2010

One-of-a-kind Fire School draws firefighters from 18 countries


Hundreds of Spanish-speaking firefighters from across the globe are expected to make the trip to College Station for the 44th annual Spanish Fire Training School (Escuela para Bomberos en Español), which begins July 11.

7/8/2010

Texas Task Force 1 mobilized in advance of potential flooding along Rio Grande


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) has activated and deployed six swiftwater and two helicopter rescue teams to South Texas. The Rio Grande river has potential to flood over the next few days as more rain is predicted in South Texas.

7/2/2010

Update on Hurricane Alex deployment - 7/2/2010


As the remnants of Hurricane Alex weaken and move inland over northeastern Mexico, the Texas Division of Emergency Management has demobilized the Texas Task Force 1 - Type I search and rescue team and the Texas Task Force 2 (Dallas) - Type III team. The TX-TF1 Type III team and 9 swift water rescue teams will remain in the Rio Grande Valley until at least Saturday to assist local jurisdictions if needed due to possible flooding. The Rapid Response Task Force Austin and the Public Works Response Team have also demobilized.

6/28/2010

Texas Task Force 1 activated for potential threat from Hurricane Alex


With Tropical Storm Alex presenting an increasing potential threat to South Texas, the Governor of Texas has authorized Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to activate and plan for deployment ahead of the storm.

6/11/2010

Advanced Collision Reconstructionist certificate program launched


TEEX has launched the state’s first Advanced Collision Reconstructionist certificate program, which is expected to enhance the credibility of officers who testify in court as collision reconstruction experts.

6/10/2010

Texas Task Force 1 swiftwater teams demobilize


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) swiftwater rescue teams have been demobilized by the Texas Division of Emergency Management after two days of heavy rains throughout Central and Northeast Texas.

6/9/2010

Mock incident at Newark Airport provides realistic training


TEEX's Emergency Operations Training Center in College Station was transformed last month into Newark Liberty International Airport, where two simulated explosions killed or injured passengers and crippled airport operations. The 50-plus participants from The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the airport, airlines, and several New Jersey police, fire and EMS agencies responded as if it were a real incident.

6/9/2010

Texas Task Force 1 deploys seven swiftwater rescue teams


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) has deployed seven swiftwater rescue teams throughout Central Texas at the direction of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, to assist local responders following severe weather that dropped as much as 12 inches of rainfall on New Braunfels in several hours. TX-TF1 has also staged helicopter rescue technicians with two Texas Military Forces UH-60 helicopters, which are equipped with a special hoist and carry water rescue equipment.

6/7/2010

TEEX helps the state prepare for potentially busy hurricane season


The state of Texas has been working with TEEX to prepare for an active 2010 hurricane season that forecasters say could spawn 8-14 hurricanes. A series of planning meetings, tabletop exercises and rehearsal of concept (ROC) drills culminated in two full-scale functional exercises in the Houston-Galveston and Lake Sabine hurricane areas and the regions that shelter their evacuees - completed before June 1, the official beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season.

5/24/2010

TEEX helps train workers for Gulf cleanup operation


As BP continues its efforts to stop the flow of oil from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, the company has called on TEEX to provide basic safety training curriculum for workers, contractors, and volunteers who will be involved in cleaning up the shoreline.

5/20/2010

Interactive, online course in basic electricity now available


A new online course in basic electricity principles has been launched by TEEX for a general audience desiring a basic understanding of what electricity is and the principles involved in voltage, current, resistance and power.

5/12/2010

FEMA grant will enhance training in emergency vehicle driving


A new grant from FEMA will allow TEEX to offer mobile training in emergency vehicle operations to hundreds of Texas firefighters each year. The $284,575 FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety grant will allow TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) to purchase a mobile emergency vehicle driving simulator to provide driver safety training across the state.

5/12/2010

Full-scale exercise for The Port Authority of NY & NJ mirrors actual events


Emergency personnel responded to a mock explosion of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in the New Jersey Marine Terminals during a training exercise only hours after a similar car bomb was discovered across the river in New York City's Times Square. TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) evaluated the full-scale exercise on May 2 for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

4/23/2010

Largest full-scale exercise ever at Disaster City® this weekend


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) will hone its skills in preparation for future responses by participating in a Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) this weekend in Disaster City® in College Station, TX. The 80-member TX-TF1 Red Team will be joined by more than 220 international search and rescue experts along with 200 medical responders for the two-day event. This is the largest exercise of this type ever hosted in Disaster City.

4/15/2010

New App Assists Responders with Swiftwater Rescues


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Urban Search and Rescue division has created a Swiftwater Calculator application for water rescue technicians. In three easy steps, responders can use the application to calculate the speed of the current and then determine the maximum distance a person in the water has traveled downstream.

4/14/2010

Division renamed Knowledge Engineering: ‘where ideas and people meet’


The Texas Engineering Extension Service announced the renaming of the Knowledge Engineering division, previously known as Technology & Economic Development.

4/12/2010

International Association of Fire Chiefs calls on TEEX expertise


The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has called on TEEX for the development of curriculum and software for a FEMA-funded training project.

4/5/2010

Pat Barrett memorial service scheduled


Pat Barrett, champion of the Texas fire service and advocate of firefighter safety and education, died Saturday (April 3) at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after collapsing at an event in League City on Wednesday. Barrett, 57, was Associate Director of the Emergency Services Training Institute.

4/1/2010

Pro Patria Award goes to TEEX for supporting employees in the Reserves


TEEX has received the statewide Pro Patria Award from the Texas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. Only six employers were selected for the prestigious award out of 900 nominated by their employees serving in the Reserves.

3/22/2010

Robots converge on Disaster City®


A robot challenge, the Response Robot Evaluation Exercise, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, was held in Disaster City® on March 8-12 to develop comprehensive standards for urban search and rescue robotics. More than 110 participants and 23 robots were on hands, in addition to 22 emergency responders, who took over the controls for two days, put the robots through their paces, and provided feedback to NIST and the manufacturers.

3/22/2010

Electric power apprentices get grounded in fundamentals at TEEX


Eight Irby Construction Co. employees worked in teams to troubleshoot customer line service problems on electric meter trainers with transformer units under the watchful eye of TEEX Electric Power Instructor Jack Lemmon in the utility hangar at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus. The employees were completing their four-year apprenticeship training with TEEX.

3/11/2010

Robotic Experts and Emergency Responders Gather at Disaster City®


For the fourth year in a row, robotics experts and emergency responders are gathering at TEEX’s Disaster City® in College Station to evaluate and test the latest generation of robots.

3/5/2010

Online cyber-security courses counter threats to computers & networks


The 10 new Adaptive Cyber-Security Training Online (ACT-Online) courses, now available on the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) )<A HREF="http://teexwmdcampus.com"> Domestic Preparedness Campus</A>, are a vital step toward countering today’s cyber threats. The online courses are for everyone from the non-technical computer user to technical IT professionals and business managers.

3/5/2010

Process could clean up water used in natural gas drilling


TEEX is playing a role in a technological breakthrough that could clean up the contaminated water recovered from drilling natural gas wells in shale deposits through the process of "hydraulic fracturing." TEEX has worked closely with David Burnett of Texas A&M University and his partners to develop a lab protocol and analytical methodology for technicians who will be field-testing and analyzing the "frac" water after it has been recaptured. and processed to determine if it is clean enough to reuse or recycle.

3/3/2010

Chandler Community Profile will help spur economic development


TEEX's economic development specialists recently completed Chandler's first Community Profile, a report filled with data and information that community leaders can use for strategic planning and attracting new businesses to spur growth.

2/26/2010

Going Wireless - new human patient simulators used for disaster medicine


TEEX recently purchased two PEDIASim pediatric models and two adult METIMan models used for hands-on training in disaster patient management through the course <i>EMS Operations & Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).</i>

2/19/2010

Fort Worth officials hold joint training at Emergency Operations Training Center


The first two emergency management courses held simultaneously for a single jurisdiction - the Enhanced Incident Management/Unified Command and the Enhanced Emergency Operations Center (EOC) courses - were conducted recently for the city of Fort Worth at TEEX's Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC).

2/12/2010

Instructors Apply Haiti Experience for Urban Search & Rescue Class


Three instructors will be in College Station to provide TEEX Urban Search and Rescue students with valuable insight and understanding of the unique challenges faced by responders immediately following a large-scale incident. All of these individuals are members of New York Task Force 1 (NY-TF1) and were part of the rescue and humanitarian efforts immediately following the Haiti earthquake disaster.

1/26/2010

Lawson receives 2009 Regents Fellow Service Award


Hank Lawson, Program Director for Exercises and Simulations with TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, has received the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

1/26/2010

Disaster City&reg; Guide app for iPhone&reg; launched


TEEX's Urban Search &amp; Rescue (US&amp;R) division has launched the first iPhone&reg; application designed, tested and fielded by the agency. The Disaster City&reg; Guide application, which is available at no cost on iTunes&reg;, provides users with basic information about what to do to prepare for and survive various disasters.

1/18/2010

Texas Task Force 1 Demobilized from Haiti Deployment


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) and all other US teams currently on standby have been demobilized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will not deploy to Haiti.

1/16/2010

Texas Task Force 1 stands ready at Ellington for deployment to Haiti


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) continues to stand ready at Ellington Field in Houston for deployment to Haiti. The 80-member structural collapse team will be bringing 50 tons of rescue equipment and supplies to assist with the search and rescue operation.

1/14/2010

Texas Task Force 1 deploying to Haiti to support search and rescue operation


Texas Governor Rick Perry has authorized Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to deploy at the request of FEMA to support search and rescue operations in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. This deployment marks the first international deployment since the team was established in 1998. The task force will deploy to the Caribbean nation aboard Department of Defense aircraft from Houston on the afternoon of Jan. 14. TX-TF1 will be joining other task forces that have been activated from Virginia, California and Florida.

1/4/2010

Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness course trains responders


Rescuing a large animal, such as a horse, following an accident or a disaster can be challenging to emergency responders, who may not be trained to handle this type of incident. That's why TEEX recently helped to conduct a two-day course on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) Awareness.

12/22/2009

TX-TF1 equipment cache passes inspection by Texas Military Forces


The Texas Task Force 1 cache of equipment recently received a "thumbs-up" following an inspection by members of the 136th Logistics Readiness Squadron of the Texas Military Forces.

12/2/2009

Blake named TEEX Public Relations Director


Brian Blake, formerly with the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, will join TEEX as the agency's Public Relations Director, effective Dec. 7.

11/5/2009

NERRTC to receive $23 million from homeland security appropriations bill


The president has signed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2010 (H.R. 2892) - providing TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center with $23 million in funding under the Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement.

11/2/2009

Texas Workforce Commission grants TEEX $4.2 million for emergency services training


The Texas Workforce Commission has approved a $4.2 million grant for TEEX to provide emergency services training to more than 1,600 Texas workers. The funds will be used to train employees from eight companies at 24 locations in Texas through the TEEX Emergency Services Energy Consortium Training Project. Thirty courses will be offered in industrial firefighting, rescue, HazMat, emergency medical services and leadership training.

10/30/2009

Swiftwater rescue teams, helicopters deploy to Lufkin and Longview


Three swiftwater rescue teams and two Texas Military Forces UH-60 helicopters with TX-TF1 rescue technicians aboard were deployed to the city of Lufkin. Two UH-60 helicopters and TX-TF1 rescue technicians also moved to the city of Longview. Three swiftwater rescue teams are also being staged in College Station this afternoon for potential forward deployment later in the day.

10/30/2009

TX-TF1 teams demobilized as heavy rain subsides


As the heavy rains moved out of Texas on Friday afternoon, members of Texas Task Force 1 have been demobilized and are on their way back to their jurisdictions this evening

10/29/2009

Texas Task Force 1 deploys in advance of potential flooding


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) will deploy today in advance of continued heavy rain expected across east Texas over the next two days. This deployment is part of the State’s effort to preposition and assist jurisdictions if conditions deteriorate. The National Weather Service predicts the possibility of heavy rain over much of Southeast Texas stretching east of Interstate 45 corridor from Houston to Dallas.

10/19/2009

2009 Texas Meter School starts Oct. 26


More than 150 metering personnel from the electric power industry are expected to attend the 2009 Southwest Electrical Metering Association’s (SWEMA) Texas Meter School the week of Oct. 26-30 at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus in Bryan.

10/15/2009

NERRTC assumes operations role with State Re-entry Task Forces


Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Jack Colley has asked TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) to assume key roles in the execution of the Re-entry Task Force missions. Four Re-entry Task Forces were established this summer by TDEM to assist local jurisdictions in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

10/13/2009

Economic Development Online Tool makes managing projects easier


An online tool developed by TEEX’s Knowledge Engineering Center will help Economic Development Districts (EDDs) to more easily manage, track, document and share information about community economic development projects.

10/8/2009

NFPA 472 Flammable Bulk Storage specialty certification offered


TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute is the first training organization to offer Pro Board certification for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472, Annex E Flammable Bulk Storage specialty, following an extension of accreditation from the National Board of Professional Qualifications (Pro Board).

10/7/2009

Joint exercise adds realism to emergency management training


New joint training exercises conducted at TEEX's Emergency Operations Training Center have further enhanced the center's national reputation for emergency management training that mirrors real life. The capability of holding joint exercises between the EOC and the Incident Command Post have made the training more realistic for both groups of participants.

9/21/2009

Hurricane Ike impact study under way in eight counties


TEEX's Technology & Economic Development Division is conducting a Hurricane Ike impact study of eight Texas counties with the help of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The 18-month project will involve collecting data on the economic impact of the 2008 hurricane in each of eight affected counties.

9/18/2009

Intermediate MACC course prepares teams to manage a crisis


Realistic training at TEEX's Emergency Operations Training Center in College Station prepares members of Multi-Agency Coordination Centers in Texas to prepare to manage a potential hurricane or other disaster.

9/11/2009

Texas Task Force 1 deploys helicopter rescue technicians


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) has deployed nine helicopter rescue technicians in advance of continued heavy rain expected across Central Texas and the coastline over the weekend.

8/20/2009

Morrow to lead TEEX/Camber Corp. asset security training program in Abu Dhabi


An agreement signed recently in Abu Dhabi will bring Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) training to the United Arab Emirates. The training will focus on skills used to protect public and private critical infrastructures and key resources in the UAE. 

8/20/2009

TEEX, ISSEE partner to expand security & explosive training opportunities


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the International School for Security and Explosive Education (ISSEE) have joined together to meet worldwide needs by providing certified counter-terrorism, security and unexploded ordnance disposal training.

8/10/2009

DMAT teams hold pandemic exercise


Members of the U.S. Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) from across the country participated in a full-scale exercise sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at TEEX's Disaster City®.

8/7/2009

$23 million for NERRTC included in 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill


The 2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which includes $23 million for TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), has passed both houses of Congress. <p>

8/5/2009

WMD operations training offered to paramedics at Blinn, Victoria colleges


TEEX is reaching out to Emergency Medical Services programs at community colleges to offer new Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics some basic training in operations and planning for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents.

8/4/2009

$1.1 million training grant to benefit Texas aerospace suppliers


TEEX and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) have received a $1.1 million grant to provide training on AS9100 quality standards and lean manufacturing techniques to 19 Texas companies that supply the aerospace industry.

7/30/2009

First group of technicians graduate from new Texas Forensic Science Academy


Twenty-two people involved in investigating and processing crime scenes are the first to earn the Forensic Science Technician certificate from the Texas Forensic Science Academy, which was established by TEEX in 2008.

7/24/2009

ECLOX protocols used to detect toxins in drinking water


Protecting and monitoring the quality of the state's drinking water supply is the goal of a joint effort by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and TEEX. TCEQ turned to the TEEX Water and Wastewater Program to establish baseline data for 24 public water systems in Texas, and to develop a protocol for effectively measuring possible contaminants with ECLOX monitoring equipment.

7/20/2009

TEEX Municipal Fire School draws 2,000+ firefighters


The final week of the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s three weeks of summer fire training schools began today with 2,138 students and 456 guest instructors in attendance.

7/17/2009

Firefighting demonstration set for July 22


The public is invited to a firefighting demonstration on July 22, sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in conjunction with its 80th Annual Municipal Fire Training School at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.

7/13/2009

TEEX Industrial Fire School begins


Exactly 466 firefighters from refineries and other industries from across the country have begun a week of training at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station. The 47th annual Industrial Fire School will last through Friday.

7/6/2009

TEEX Spanish Fire School begins


More than 400 Spanish-speaking firefighters from around the world have begun a week of intense training at the world-renowned Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.

7/4/2009

TEEX welcomes annual summer fire schools


Thousands of firefighters from around the globe will travel to College Station, Texas, in July to participate in the nation’s premier fire training schools at the world’s largest, live-fueled fire training facility: Brayton Fire Training Field.

7/2/2009

Asset security training program in Abu Dhabi led by TEEX & Camber Corp.


An agreement signed recently in Abu Dhabi will bring TEEX infrastructure security and asset protection training to the United Arab Emirates. The agreement, signed by the UAE Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) and Team Camber, establishes the Abu Dhabi asset security training program.

6/10/2009

Qatar Petroleum & TEEX collaborate on Ras Laffan Emergency & Safety Training College


TEEX is collaborating with state-owned Qatar Petroleum to build a premier emergency services training facility in Ras Laffan, Qatar, to serve emergency responders from throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety Training College is situated on 200 acres and is expected to be completed in 2010.

6/5/2009

Workforce training agreement signed by TEEX, Louisiana Tech University


TEEX and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston have signed an agreement that will allow the agency to provide some of its specialized curriculum and workforce training programs to Louisiana workers.

5/29/2009

Campaign launched to double the number of Intermediate Jailers in Texas


TEEX Public Safety and Security has announced a campaign to double the number of Texas county corrections officers who hold the Intermediate Jailer certificate by 2011.

5/27/2009

Knowledge Engineering Center develops Web site for Hurricane Ike registry


Citizens who were affected by Hurricane Ike can now share their ideas, suggestions and lessons learned with decision-makers through a Web site developed by TEEX's Knowledge Engineering Center (KEC) for the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health.

5/20/2009

Campus law enforcement association calls on TEEX for course development


The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Inc. (IACLEA) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute to develop and support a new command-level critical incident management course.

5/18/2009

Drills help Texas prepare for 2009 hurricane season


With the help of TEEX, the coastal regions of Texas have been rehearsing and evaluating their hurricane plans in preparation for the 2009 hurricane season, which officially begins June 1.

5/15/2009

Cheshire earns Executive Fire Officer designation


Harvie Cheshire of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.

5/13/2009

Product field tests provide critical data for companies


Three companies field-tested specialized products recently during a Texas Task Force 1 full-scale exercise and left with data that will help further refine or market their products.

5/12/2009

Training, exercises are vital to prepare for pandemic influenza


Long before the current H1N1 flu or "swine flu" outbreak made the news, NERRTC was preparing the state and nation for the "worst-case scenario" of a pandemic influenza outbreak through planning assistance, mass prophylaxis training and pandemic flu exercises.

5/11/2009

New Hazardous Materials Container Specialist certificate offered by TEEX


TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute is offering a new NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Container Specialist certificate. Twenty-six employees of Bayer Corporation became the first to earn the new certificate.

4/21/2009

NERRTC to aid Illinois schools with violence prevention course


The State of Illinois recently enacted a broad plan designed to train trainers for an Illinois Higher Education Threat Assessment Team program.

4/8/2009

Development of TEEX's affordable risk assessment software complete


After two years of design and development by a team of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) multi-risk experts, the Secure Assessment Software Tool, or SAST, was completed in December 2008. The Web-based, encrypted software is designed to help risk managers identify physical security system vulnerabilities and define and address shortfalls in planning, equipment and training.

4/3/2009

TX-TF1 members return from North Dakota flooding


As flood waters continue to subside in the Red River Valley in North Dakota, four members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) have been demobilized and returned to the team’s headquarters in College Station.

3/27/2009

TX-TF1 personnel requested by FEMA to aid in North Dakota flooding


Four members of the state’s elite search and rescue team, Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), have been requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide support for North Dakota officials dealing with the massive flooding in the area.

3/16/2009

TX-TF1 to prepare for upcoming response season


Fresh off one of the most active and destructive response seasons in history, the state’s elite search and rescue team – Texas Task Force 1, or TX-TF1 – will hone its skills in preparation for upcoming responses by participating in a full-scale exercise March 28-29 in Disaster City®.

2/26/2009

Francis Tuttle becomes TEEX safety center


An agreement signing ceremony held today at Francis Tuttle’s Rockwell campus designates Francis Tuttle as a Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, Cooperative Learning Center.

2/17/2009

Hazardous materials training conducted for National Guard Bureau


TEEX is conducting hazardous materials training for up to 1,500 members of National Guard Bureau response teams across the country.

2/10/2009

Second T-MEX Conference set for San Antonio


Many manufacturers who moved operations to China and Southeast Asia with cost-savings in mind are now beginning to realize long-term bargains were not found in labor or logistics. In addition, there are problems with quality, an increased inventory in the supply chain, currency risk and a need to be closer to their markets.

2/6/2009

UXO Technician program celebrates its 10th anniversary


TEEX's Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Technician I program - the first civilian course of its kind recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense - is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month.

1/23/2009

A&M regents approve center to advance public health, medical preparedness and response


Among the most serious threats to national security are those related to the health sector, such as pandemic influenza and bioterrorism. Unfortunately, there are demonstrated gaps in the mobilization, coordination, management and training of health personnel for times of large-scale, catastrophic emergencies.

1/21/2009

Product Development Center hosts demo of mobile utility system


The TEEX Product Development Center hosted a hands-on demonstration and evaluation of Titan Energy’s new Sentry 5000 Mobile Utility System at TEEX’s Disaster City®. The all-in-one utility support unit is designed for emergency response, disaster recovery and deployment to remote areas.

12/18/2008

Dust explosion prevention is focus of Harwood training grant


TEEX is joining the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center of Texas A&M Engineering to train employees in companies at risk for dust explosions. The training is being funded by a Susan Harwood grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

12/17/2008

Forensic Science Academy offers comprehensive certificate program


TEEX Public Safety & Security has established the Forensic Science Academy, a broad-based, comprehensive program designed to train law enforcement personnel and staff who process crime scenes, and also to provide specialized seminars to educate attorneys and judges who hear these criminal cases. Three program levels will be available: Forensic Technician, Forensic Investigator and Forensic Analyst.

12/10/2008

OSHA Southwest Education Center ranks No. 1 for fifth year


TEEX's OSHA Southwest Education Center has trained more participants than any other Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Education Center for the fifth consecutive year.

12/9/2008

Todd named associate agency director of TEEX


Robert C. “Charley” Todd was named a TEEX Associate Agency Director at the December meeting of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

12/8/2008

McKee named A&M System Regents Fellow


Bob McKee, Director of TEEX’s Urban Search and Rescue Division and Chief of Texas Task Force 1, was named recipient of the prestigious Regents Fellow Award, presented by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

10/29/2008

Aggie business students to face life-and-death scenarios


Some things you can’t learn in the classroom. On Monday, 91 Texas A&M Mays Business School MBA students will engage in a unique and highly stressful learning experience -- one they'll hope never happens in real life.

10/15/2008

Research, consortium to help Texas-Mexico position for manufacturing success


Many manufacturers who moved operations to China and Southeast Asia with cost-savings in mind now realize that long-term bargains weren’t found in labor or logistics

10/2/2008

Texas Task Force 1 to assist in Galveston and Chambers counties


Because of the magnitude and spread-out nature of the debris field, the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management has agreed to send Texas Task Force 1 personnel to assist county leaders.

9/25/2008

Texas Task Force 1 returning to College Station


<strong>Public Works Response Team still providing assessments</strong> <P>After orchestrating the largest search and rescue mission in Texas history, members of Texas Task Force 1 will return to College Station for demobilization tomorrow morning.</P>

9/15/2008

Texas Task Force 1 continues search and rescue operations


Members of Texas Task Force 1 continue coordinating and operating search and rescue operations with local officials in Galveston and Orange County and other areas in Southeast Texas.

9/13/2008

Texas Task Force 1 performs additional rescues, evacuations ahead of Ike; Public Works Response Team ready to aid cities


Texas Task Force 1 and other search and rescue assets busily completed missions Friday ahead of Hurricane Ike making landfall.

9/11/2008

Texas Task Force 1 completes air surveillance mission


The Governor’s Division of Emergency Management directed Texas Task Force 1 to coordinate a large-scale air surveillance mission, termed “Operation Coastal Sweep,” today in portions of Texas’ coastal evacuation zones.

9/10/2008

Texas Task Force 1 headed to Houston, San Antonio


The Governor’s Division of Emergency Management has forward deployed Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to San Antonio and Houston in advance of Hurricane Ike.

9/8/2008

Texas Task Force 1 gearing up for Ike


With Hurricane Ike presenting an imminent threat to the Gulf Coast, the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) has authorized Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to activate and plan for forward deployment ahead of the storm.

9/2/2008

TX-TF 1 begins phased demobilization


With Gustav turning to the north and lessening the predicted impact on Texas, the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) has asked Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to begin a phased demobilization of search and rescue assets this afternoon.

8/31/2008

Texas Task Force 1 to deploy ahead of Hurricane Gustav


With Tropical Storm Gustav presenting an imminent threat to the Gulf Coast, the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) has authorized Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to forward deploy to strategic locations along the Texas coast. Approximately 270 search and rescue (SAR) personnel arrived at TX-TF1 headquarters in College Station Sunday morning with initial plans to move to Houston by Sunday afternoon.<p>

8/28/2008

TX-TF1 prepares for Hurricane Gustav


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) and its sponsoring agency, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), are preparing for the mobilization and deployment of search and rescue assets due to a potential landfall of Hurricane Gustav.

8/19/2008

TX-TF1 deploys teams to North Texas flooding


The Governor’s Division of Emergency Management has activated Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to assist with the flooding in a three-county area in the Wichita Falls vicinity.

8/5/2008

TX-TF1 transitions to College Station


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), which had been forward-staged in the Houston area since Monday, is returning to its headquarters in College Station.

8/4/2008

Texas Task Force 1 prepares for Edouard


With Tropical Storm Edouard approaching the Texas coast and expected to make landfall as a possible hurricane by Tuesday morning, Texas Task Force 1 has been activated by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management.

7/29/2008

TEEX safety courses available for college credit


San Juan College, Texas A&M University-Commerce agree to transfer credits for TEEX CSHO courses.

7/28/2008

Sinopec Corp. employees earn CSHO in Oil & Gas and Petrochemical


Sixteen employees of Sinopec Corp. (China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.) are the first group from an international company to complete TEEX's Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) program in its entirety over the course of three months.

7/24/2008

UPDATE: Texas Task Force 1 responding in South Texas


Although answering numerous calls for service, members of Texas Task Force 1 thankfully have not encountered widespread structural damage in the Rio Grande Valley; however, there continues to be significant flooding in some areas.

7/24/2008

TX-TF1 continues response in the Rio Grande Valley


All of the state’s coordinated search and rescue assets – including those of College Station-based Texas Task Force 1 and Dallas-based Texas Task Force 2 – have assisted local cities and counties in dealing with more than 300 calls for rescue or assistance.

7/23/2008

TX-TF1 Response to Hurricane Dolly continues


As winds of up to 90 mph and heavy rainfall from Hurricane Dolly affect the Rio Grande Valley, members of Texas Task Force 1 and other state search and rescue assets continue to assist local elected officials in the Rio Grande Valley.

7/21/2008

TX-TF1 prepares for Tropical Storm Dolly


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) are preparing for the deployment of search and rescue assets due to potential landfall of Tropical Storm Dolly along the Texas coast. Dolly is expected to reach hurricane status before making landfall, which is currently predicted to happen late Wednesday or early Thursday.

7/21/2008

Media Advisory: Fire School to host public


The Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, will host a “night burn” for the community on Wednesday, July 23, at the world-renowned Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.

7/16/2008

Sinopec Corp. employees earn CSHO in Oil & Gas and Petrochemical


Sixteen employees of Sinopec Corp. (China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.) are the first group from an international company to complete TEEX's Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) program in its entirety over the course of three months.

7/15/2008

Industrial firefighters begin 46th annual school


COLLEGE STATION — More than 580 industrial firefighters and safety personnel representing 23 states and 10 countries are attending the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 46th Annual Industrial Fire School this week at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field.

7/10/2008

TEEX Spanish Fire School trains firefighters from 18 countries


Spanish-speaking firefighters from around the world are wrapping up a week of intense training at the world-renowned <A HREF="http://www.teex.com/teex.cfm?pageid=ESTIprog&area=ESTI&templateid=1527" class="subnav">Brayton Fire Training Field</A> in College Station.

7/3/2008

MEDIA ADVISORY: Spanish-speaking firefighters worldwide come to Texas


<strong>WHAT: </strong <P>42nd Annual Spanish Fire Training School</P> <strong>WHEN:</strong> <P>July 7-11 – The best day for coverage of firefighting activities is Wednesday, although we will work to meet your needs throughout the week. </P> <strong> WHERE: </strong> <P>College Station– TEEX’s <A HREF="http://www.teex.com/teex.cfm?pageid=ESTIprog&area=ESTI&templateid=1527" class="subnav">Brayton Fire Training Field</A>

6/30/2008

TEEX set to host world's largest annual firefighter training schools


COLLEGE STATION, TX - Thousands of firefighters from around the globe will travel to College Station in July to participate in the nation's premier fire training schools at the world's largest, live-fire fueled training facility: Brayton Fire Training Field.

6/11/2008

Disaster Response Exercise to Simulate Tornado Destruction


College Station city officials to role play with Czech military, Texas Military Forces, TEEX Urban Search & Rescue

5/28/2008

Training Center Reopens


Preparing for a disaster just got a little easier. Dozens of people gathered Tuesday for the reopening of an expanded and updated training facility designed to keep first responders at their best.

5/23/2008

TEEX OSHA Center ranks No.1 - fourth year in a row


TEEX's OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center has trained more participants than any other OSHA Education Center in the nation - making it No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year.

5/23/2008

Expanded Emergency Operations Training Center enhances disaster management training experience


In a world of uncertainty, the Texas Engineering Extension Services (TEEX) Emergency Operations Training Center, or EOTC, prepares those who might face managing large-scale natural or manmade disasters.

5/21/2008

Officials from nine counties gather for exercise testing communications


Emergency responders from the nine-county Middle Rio Grande Development Council area gathered Thursday at the Southwest Texas Junior College Matthews Student Center for a tabletop exercise designed to test emergency communications among different agencies during a terrorist event.

5/16/2008

TEEX Announces Aviation Training School


The Texas Engineering Extension Service will be taking its training to the skies.

5/12/2008

TX-TF 1 sends representatives to North Texas ahead of possible tornadic activity


The Governor’s Division of Emergency Management has directed Texas Task Force 1, to send liaison officers to various locations Texas due to the National Weather Service’s prediction of severe weather in those areas on Tuesday.

4/18/2008

TCEQ calls on TEEX to develop protocols for water supply testing


In a continuing effort to assure the state's water supply is safe, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) are working together to help the public water systems in the state.

4/17/2008

TEEX introduces mine safety training in Mesquite


<p>Mine safety training conducted in the Metroplex? It’s true. </p> <p>Mention the mining industry and many people think about tragic headlines from West Virginia and Pennsylvania.</p> <p>In reality, more than 3,000 surface mines exist throughout Texas and the southwest region.</p>

4/14/2008

Self-Defense Takes Center Stage


Two recent College Station incidents have us thinking about how to protect ourselves.

4/11/2008

Is your confined space rescue team ready?


For every two victims that lose their life in a confined space, one rescuer – whether a bystander or trained personnel – also loses his or her life. Almost all of these deaths to rescuers are preventable.

4/11/2008

Bryan woman sheds 120 pounds, Chases Law Enforcement Dream


For years she's watched from the sidelines. A Bryan women's weight stood in the way of her dream. Now, after huge personal sacrifices, surgery and unbelievable weight loss, she's ready to live out her childhood goal.

4/10/2008

Classes Ready Businesses for Worst


J.J. Ruffino knows the toll unexpected events can take on a business.

4/9/2008

McCarty Named Firefighter of the Year


A fire on a patio deck pulled Celina Firefighter of the Year Shawn McCarty away from majoring in turf management at Texas A&M University to a volunteer firefighter in Celina.

4/4/2008

Hands on Approach to New CPR Method


Seeing someone suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest-can be a scary ordeal. But now helping them, doesn't have to be.

4/2/2008

TEEX signs affiliation agreement with London Fire Brigade


Officials from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the London Fire Brigade signed an affiliation agreement April 1, allowing the London Fire Brigade to easily schedule training with TEEX.

4/1/2008

TEEX Bridge Maintenance Tour


The Bridge Maintenance Course offered the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of the Texas A & M System, trains public works employees how to perform bridge inspections and maintenance operations—two tasks vital to ensuring the safety of our nation’s bridges.

3/31/2008

TX-TF1 prepares for possible severe weather and tornado activity in East Texas


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) is preparing for the potential deployment of the task force due to continued severe weather expected in East Texas.

3/31/2008

TEEX Approved to Grant Certification in New Areas of NFPA


During a recent National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) meeting, the committee on accreditation voted to allow the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) to grant certification to individuals in several new areas within National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472, which is the Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incident.

3/31/2008

Quake Drill Success


Texas Task Force 1 canine handler Karla Collins and her dog Scooby search one of three rubble piles at Disaster City during this weekend's full-scale exercise.

3/29/2008

Eathquake Exercise at Disaster City


Every year, Texas Task Force 1 trains in a mock, full-scale exercise at Texas A&M's Disaster City.

3/27/2008

Shahan named Deputy Director of TEEX


Sue Shahan was named the deputy director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today by The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents.

3/26/2008

Real Life Engineering with Second Life Tools


Legislative earmarks, the topic of much recent national debate, are congressional provisions directing approved funds to be spent on specifi c projects.

3/25/2008

Massive full-scale exercise in College Station next weekend


Texas Task Force 1, the state's elite urban search and rescue team, will respond to a mock earthquake at Disaster City® during its Operational Readiness Exercise, or ORE, March 29-31.

3/21/2008

Massive earthquake drill in College Station next weekend


College Station - Texas Task Force 1, the state’s elite urban search and rescue team, will respond to a mock earthquake at Disaster City® during its Operational Readiness Exercise, or ORE, March 29-31.

3/20/2008

Texas A&M earns appreciation award


The Texas A&M University System recently received a customer appreciation award for providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

3/19/2008

2 Hospitalized after crash


High winds and rain likely caused accident, official says

3/18/2008

Severe weather likely across state


Brazos County has a 90 percent chance of rain Tuesday, including possible thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said. Other areas of Texas were at risk for flooding and tornadoes.

3/18/2008

Quick Road Clearance Promotes Safety of Responders, Road Users


Quick clearance of a traffic incident shortens the amount of time responders are in harm’s way and reduces the incident duration, thereby reducing the opportunity for secondary crashes. In addition, swift clearance restores the roadway to its full traffic-carrying capacity, quickly minimizing the congestion that incidents cause.

3/17/2008

TX-TF1 activates for possible severe weather


Due to possible severe weather and the potential for tornadoes, the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) has directed Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) to activate a Type I Urban Search and Rescue task force comprised of 80 team members.

3/12/2008

Officials attend preparedness workshop


FORT KENT, Maine — The period after a disaster is not the time for departmental turf wars or trying to figure out who is in charge of doing what.

3/11/2008

Swift-Water Awareness is Important for all Responders


Typically, fire departments have the responsibility to conduct swift-water rescues, but all responders (police, fire, EMS, public works) should be aware of the dangers posed by swift-moving water. Anyone who may find themselves within 10 feet of the water should have swift-water awareness training.

3/9/2008

Expert: Ethanol fires could pose problem


A cleaner, renewable fuel source being transported across the country for use in automobiles may be a disaster waiting to happen, fire officials said.

3/1/2008

ISTC makes room for growth


Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC) is growing, and that growth is met with excitement by the ISTC team as they work together to expand the company’s Nederland, Texas, Training Center in many new ways.

2/27/2008

Explosive Course Finishes with a Bang


About two dozen people have put their previous careers aside, for one great adventure.

2/26/2008

Explosive Careers Launched in the Brazos Valley


Twenty-four people are training for one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, in College Station. They are changing career paths and risking their lives for a huge pay out.

2/25/2008

Fairgrounds vision committee briefed


Members of the Brazoria County Fairgrounds Vision Committee traveled to College Station for a briefing on the results of recent workshops held in Brazoria County.

2/25/2008

Explosive Breaching comes to TEEX


The Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, is a member of the Texas A&M University System and is best known for its facilities that train firefighters and urban search and rescue teams from around the world.

2/22/2008

Texas Task Force 1 stands down following satellite destruction


Shortly after the wayward U.S. 193 satellite was destroyed Wednesday night and its debris safely burned up during reentry, Texas Task Force 1 was given stand-down orders, as no search and recovery efforts were necessary in the continental United States.

2/21/2008

City Council, Board


A feasibility study of the proposed expo center, recently requested by the Canton City Council, was presented last Thursday night during a special called meeting of the council and Canton Economic Development Corporation board.

2/19/2008

Seminar all about assessing risk


HERNANDO - Weeks before the tornado touched down in neighboring Southaven, Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker, Alderman Tom Polzin and other key city personnel had determined they and others needed to be prepared as best as possible in an emergency.

2/18/2008

Fuel to the Fire


Tens of millions of gallons of fuel. One of the largest storage facilities on the East Coast and dead center in the middle of Broward County's Port Everglades. One look at the place sends the mind racing with worst case scenarios.

2/13/2008

EMS learning to combat weapons of mass destruction


A planning and operations course focused on the effects of weapons of mass destruction is under way this week at Huntsville Fire Station No. 1.

2/8/2008

Kitsap Sailors volunter for CBR exercise


Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) conducted a chemical and biological training exercise at the Bangor Plaza parking lot Jan. 30. The purpose of this exercise is to enable the base to test proper policy and procedures in case of emergency situation.

2/6/2008

Seminar targets rural communities for economic and tourism development


On March 6-7, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the Office of the Governor, AdventGX and the City of Robstown will jointly host a Rural Economic & Tourism Development Seminar at Robstown’s Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.

2/5/2008

Seminar targets rural communities for economic and tourism development


Small-town economies are struggling mightily at the hands of unstable agricultural markets, high fuel costs and globalization pressures.

2/1/2008

NB Kitsap Sailors volunteer for Chemical and Biological Training Exercise


SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Base (NB) Kitsap conducted a chemical and biological training exercise at the Bangor Plaza parking lot Jan. 30.

1/31/2008

Skrabanek named TEEX associate agency director, CFO


John Skrabanek was named associate director and chief financial officer of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) by The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents.

1/30/2008

Responders learn how to deal with major hazards


Two public safety and security instructors from the Texas Engineering Extension Service are currently training local emergency planners and responders on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any major hazard and mass casualty events.

1/24/2008

Skrabanek named TEEX associate agency director, CFO


John Skrabanek was named associate director and chief financial officer of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today by The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents. He has served those roles in an interim capacity since May 1, 2007.

1/16/2008

Hill named Division Director of Technology & Economic Development


Lesa Hill has been named Division Director of TEEX's Technology and Economic Development Division (TED).

1/15/2008

Preparing for Disaster


James Bond hangs from a cliff on-screen as moviegoers in a crowded cinema feel the floor begin to tremble.

1/10/2008

Drive It, Push it, Tow it, or Drag it


With this January 2008 issue of Responder Safety E-News, we're launching a new feature: a full-length article written by experts in the areas of emergency response, responder safety, emergency planning, facility protection or security.

1/4/2008

Gary Sera Named Director of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)


Gary F. Sera was named director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today by The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents during a telephonic meeting. He was selected as the sole finalist for the position at the December 2007 Board of Regents meeting.

1/3/2008

Gary Sera Named Director of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)


Gary F. Sera was named director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today by The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents during a telephonic meeting.

1/1/2008

Local EMS receives rural education grant


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and The Texas Engineering Extension Service Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX-ESTI) has awarded a Rural EMS Education Grant to the Colorado County Emergency Medical Services to provide an Emergency Medical Technician Class.

12/21/2007

Distinguished service awards presented to 10 employees


Ten employees with the Texas Engineering Extension Service received the Distinguished Service Award at the agency's holiday reception on Dec. 12 at the College Station Hilton.

12/20/2007

Responders Go High-Tech This is Not Your Father's Rescue Vehicle


Imagine this scenario: Police on a routine patrol come across a hit-and-run. A woman is trapped in her car and the suspect, driving a stolen vehicle, speeds off just as the police arrive on the scene. Back-up arrives and pursues the stolen vehicle as the first patrol car radios for help.

12/20/2007

TEEX Students Get Hands on Approach with Human Simulators


Students are getting a whole new approach to treating patients through an EMS training program out at the Brayton Fire Training School.

12/19/2007

Edwards secures $40.3 Million for Brazos County under final 2008 bill


(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Representative Chet Edwards has secured $40.3 million for nine important projects in Brazos County under the final 2008 Appropriations bill, which passed the House late Monday and the Senate Tuesday. The bill is expected to be signed into law by the President.

12/7/2007

Sera named sole finalist for director of TEEX


<p>COLLEGE STATION — Mr. Gary F. Sera was named sole finalist for the position of director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.</p>

11/28/2007

Right on Target


San Marcos — The idea to put members of the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Air National Guard through training geared to first-responding police officers wasn’t one of the initial efforts of Texas State University’s ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) center.

11/28/2007

Emergency management workshop in Sherman


SHERMAN, Tex. -- Elected officials from Cooke, Grayson, and Fannin Counties are in Sherman on Tuesday learning about emergency management.

11/27/2007

State and Local Partnership Reaping Early Returns, Setting Great Expectations


The Bee Development Authority (BDA) recently received a $400,000 grant from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission that will help revitalize Chase Field Industrial Park and support 60 new jobs for Beeville and the surrounding area.

11/27/2007

Local Author Explores Agroterrorism


Many think of terrorism in terms of large-scale acts of violence inflicted on large populations.

11/26/2007

CSHO in Safety Management receives VA approval


TEEX Professional & Regulatory Training has been approved to provide safety management training for military veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Title 38.

11/26/2007

CSHO in Safety Management receives VA approval


TEEX Professional & Regulatory Training has been approved to provide safety management training for military veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Title 38.

11/21/2007

Susan Harwood Training Grant received for Process Safety Management


TEEX's Professional & Regulatory Training division has been awarded a $458,798 Susan Harwood Training Grant for safety and health training courses for chemical industry and oil refinery workers.

11/21/2007

State and Local Partnership Reaping Early Returns, Setting Great Expectations


The Bee Development Authority (BDA) recently received a $400,000 grant from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission that will help revitalize Chase Field Industrial Park and support 60 new jobs for Beeville and the surrounding area.

11/19/2007

Esquire strikes poses at disaster city


It has been the training ground for search and rescue workers, canines, and even robots. Now it is the site of a high-fashion British photo shoot.

11/16/2007

TEEX receives $800,000 grant to improve EMS education


The Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, recently received an $800,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to provide training for rural-based emergency medical services personnel.

11/15/2007

Tyler Prepares Relief Efforts for Goodyear Employees


Relief efforts for laid-off Goodyear workers will include benefits processing, job fairs and perhaps monies for work force training, leaders of those efforts told the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce board on Tuesday.

11/15/2007

TEEX receives $800,000 grant to improve EMS education


The Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, recently received an $800,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to provide training for rural-based emergency medical services personnel.

11/12/2007

California Medical First Responders get WMD Training


CORNING -- "Charlie" has been killed many times over by emergency medical technicians and other first responders, but the quarter-million-dollar silicone dummy doesn't seem to mind.

11/8/2007

When officers become the emotional victims


TEEX to co-host "Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement" seminar

11/7/2007

When officers become the emotional vi


Most know law enforcement officers endure rigorous training to ensure the safety of the population and of themselves. What’s often forgotten, though, is the emotional toll that the profession can take on an officer.

11/4/2007

University introduces homeland master's


Texas A&M University's contribution to homeland security will increase in fall 2008 with the introduction of a master's degree program in Homeland Security Studies.

11/1/2007

Feelin' the heat


Fire can be fickle, possessing the potential for beauty and destruction at the same time. A campfire can mesmerize and soothe, and the hearth is a traditional gathering place in the home.

10/26/2007

Electricity Professionals to Attend 2007 Meter School in College Station


For more than 70 years, electrical metering personnel have flocked to College Station to attend the Southwest Electrical Metering Association's Texas Meter School.

10/26/2007

City's emergency operations garner praise


If you walked into the city of Abilene's Emergency Operations Center last week, you may have thought a real disaster was in progress.

10/26/2007

Electricity Professionals to Attend Meter School in College Station


Ever wonder if electricity providers are working to save you money?

10/24/2007

Booming Business draws students to course


An explosive five-week course has started to reel students to College Station in hopes for life changes.

10/19/2007

County's Firefighter Field Day held at TEEX's Brayton facility


The second annual Washington County Firefighter Field Day was held Oct. 13 at the Texas Engineering Extension’s Emergency Services Training Institute Brayton Field in College Station

10/19/2007

Texas Task Force 1 Reaches 10 Year Milestone


For 10 years, members of Texas Task Force 1 have been there to answer the call for help in Texas and across the nation.

10/16/2007

Texas Task Force 1 to celebrate 10th Anniversary


Current and past members of Texas Task Force 1, the state's elite urban search and rescue team, will be honored at a Saturday evening (Oct. 20) ceremony celebrating the team's 10th anniversary.

10/16/2007

Texas Task Force 1 to celebrate 10th Anniversary


Current and past members of Texas Task Force 1, the state's elite urban search and rescue team, will be honored at a Saturday evening (Oct. 20) ceremony celebrating the team's 10th anniversary.

10/15/2007

EMS courses to receive continuing education credit


TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute WMD/EMS Program has been approved for Organizational Accreditation by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).

10/15/2007

EMS courses to receive continuing education credit


TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute WMD/EMS Program has been approved for Organizational Accreditation by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). Of some 80 training providers recognized by the board, TEEX is one of only 25 providers nationwide approved for CECBEMS Organizational Accreditation.

10/12/2007

Canadian Government recognizes UXO Technician course


Graduates of the TEEX Unexploded Ordnance Technician I program are now approved by the Canadian government to conduct UXO clearance operations in Canada.

10/12/2007

Canadian Government recognizes UXO Technician course


Graduates of the TEEX Unexploded Ordnance Technician I program are now approved by the Canadian government to conduct UXO clearance operations in Canada. The approval, which was granted by the Canadian Director of Ammunition and Explosives Regulation, was based on a review of the course content, testimonials from officials with the UXO and Legacy Sites Program and the approval of the course by the U.S. Department of Defense.

10/8/2007

Staying Alive: Teaching emergency responders to avoid becoming victims


All too often, we read headlines about police officers, firefighters or other emergency responders being seriously injured or killed while working a roadside accident. To improve responder and accident-scene safety, TEEX delivered free training to 180 first responders from around the state in September.

10/8/2007

Staying Alive: Teaching emergency responders to avoid becoming victims


All too often, we read headlines about police officers, firefighters or other emergency responders being seriously injured or killed while working a roadside accident. In fact, approximately 40 percent of law enforcement officer deaths are traffic-related. Secondary crashes at the scene of the first collision account for 16 percent of all accidents and 18 percent of freeway deaths.

10/7/2007

Emergency management crews to stage terrorist exercise


For a day and a half Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 200 emergency management professionals will take part in a mock terrorism training exercise based at the Taylor County Expo Center.

10/3/2007

Firefighters train for certification


MCQUEENEY — It was hot — over 600 degrees — and a half-dozen volunteer firefighters hauled a hose around a smoke-filled building, heaving and sweating under their heavy gear, stepping around piles of burning hay.

9/20/2007

1st responders study survival


Classes teach accident scene safety

9/14/2007

BDA agrees to seek marketing study for Chase Field complex


City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to rescind a resolution passed on Jan. 22 supporting a proposed affordable housing development on the city’s southeast side.

9/13/2007

Humberto leaves Southeast Texas, Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes


As Humberto continues to migrate to the north and east, members of Texas Task Force 1 are on their way back to College Station for out processing, before returning to their home jurisdictions this evening.

9/13/2007

Humberto leaves Southeast Texas, Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes


As Humberto continues to migrate to the north and east, members of Texas Task Force 1 are on their way back to College Station for out processing, before returning to their home jurisdictions this evening.

9/12/2007

TEEX Trains Panama Canal Security Leaders


Members of the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Public Safety and Security division recently returned from training a group of 15 Panama Canal security supervisors.

9/12/2007

TEEX, Texas Forest Service prepare for Tropical Storm Humberto


With Tropical Storm Humberto just off the Texas coast and expected to drop significant rainfall during the next two days, Texas Task Force 1 has responded to a request by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management to coordinate the state’s multi-agency search and rescue response.

9/12/2007

TEEX, Texas Forest Service prepare for Tropical Storm Humberto


Texas Task Force 1 to coordinate state’s search and rescue efforts With Tropical Storm Humberto just off the Texas coast and expected to drop significant rainfall during the next two days, Texas Task Force 1 has responded to a request by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management to coordinate the state’s multi-agency search and rescue response.

9/12/2007

TEEX Trains Panama Canal Security Leaders


Members of the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Public Safety and Security division recently returned from training a group of 15 Panama Canal security supervisors.

9/10/2007

Make-up artists create realism for WMD-EMS training video


Meredith Johns and her assistant, Doug Field, traveled from the Austin area to assist with the training video for the WMD-EMS program of TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute.

9/8/2007

Preparing for the Worst - Emergency responders will stage disaster drill


A disaster is looming in Brenham.

9/7/2007

Mobile training unit for confined space rescue hits the road


A new TEEX mobile training unit is now traveling Texas highways to train emergency responders in confined space rescue operations.

9/7/2007

Mobile training unit for confined space rescue hits the road


A new TEEX mobile training unit is now traveling Texas highways to train emergency responders in confined space rescue operations. Purchased by TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute, the mobile unit allows TEEX to better serve customers by conducting training at their facilities. The 24-foot mobile Confined Space Trailer can be used for NFPA 1670 Rescue Technician, NFPA 1006 Confined Space Certification or customized classes.

9/5/2007

TEEX training helps Atlanta Airport Mail Center become VPP Star site


This month, the facility received the coveted Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site recognition from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

9/5/2007

TEEX training helps Atlanta Airport Mail Center become VPP Star site


When safety officials Willie Hamm and Elvin Rembert of the Atlanta Airport Mail Center attended their first TEEX-OSHA class in 2000, the plant had 200 recordable injuries. By 2005, injuries were down to 27 for the year, saving the organization an estimated half a million dollars a year in costs associated with injuries, Worker's compensation and lost workdays.

9/4/2007

Emergency Services Training Institute receives JOIFF accreditation


TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) has received an endorsement from the UK-based Joint Oil and Industry Fire Forum (JOIFF) to deliver JOIFF-accredited training.

9/4/2007

Emergency Services Training Institute receives JOIFF accreditation


TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) has received an endorsement from the UK-based Joint Oil and Industry Fire Forum (JOIFF) to deliver JOIFF-accredited training.

8/23/2007

Valley representatives to thank TEEX, search and rescue responders


State Representative Armando Martinez of Weslaco and Hildalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas will travel to College Station on Thursday to personally thank the urban search and rescue professionals who positioned their resources in South Texas ahead of a once-threatening Hurricane Dean.

8/23/2007

Officials Thank Rescue Responders


Two officials from the Rio Grande Valley made their way to College Station on Thursday to offer their sincere gratitude.

8/21/2007

Search and rescue teams to return to College Station Wednesday


Only days after the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, coordinated the state’s largest-ever urban search and rescue response, the agency is now tasked with coordinating a demobilization event of equal size. Beginning Wednesday, the state's rescue assets will return to College Station, which is home to Texas Task Force 1.

8/20/2007

TEEX sends search and rescue assets to San Antonio, Weslaco


With Hurricane Dean still posing significant threat to South Texas, the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, today forward-deployed its resources to two staging areas: San Antonio and Weslaco, which is located in the Rio Grande Valley between McAllen and Brownsville.

8/19/2007

Search & rescue personnel prepare for Hurricane Dean, heading for the Valley


About 250 search and rescue specialists converged in College Station today to prepare for deployment tomorrow ahead of Hurricane Dean – making it the largest search and rescue mobilization in the state’s history. The group is expected to deploy to the Rio Grande Valley region on Monday as Hurricane Dean continues making its way across the Gulf of Mexico.

8/19/2007

Texas Task Force 1 Strengthens for Hurrican Dean


More than 500 highly trained men, women, and K-9s from all across the state have checked in at Texas Task Force 1 Headquarters to report for stage one of deployment.

8/19/2007

First Responders Converge on College Station


COLLEGE STATION - Lance Williams, a firefighter here, started his first deployment as a member of Texas Task Force One on Sunday. He joined about 300 people from that Brazos Valley-based group, Dallas-based Texas Task Force Two, and other state agencies to get ready in case Hurricane Dean delivers trouble.

8/18/2007

Rescue personnel mobilizing in College Station to prepare for Hurricane Dean


Texas Task Force 1 is leading a large, coordinated mobilization of state search and rescue resources to prepare for Hurricane Dean, now classified as a Category 4 hurricane and threatening the Texas Gulf Coast. Approximately 500 state search and rescue response personnel are being mobilized in College Station on Sunday.

8/15/2007

Texas Task Force 1 continues monitoring Erin, looking ahead to Dean


Activated swiftwater rescue squads from Texas Task Force 1 will remain in San Antonio this evening as Tropical Storm Erin slowly moves toward the Texas coast.

8/14/2007

Texas Task Force 1 mobilizes ahead of Gulf storm system


Texas Task Force 1 was activated today by the Governor's Division of Emergency Management, in advance of a possible tropical depression or tropical storm making landfall in the Brownsville area as early as Wednesday.

8/3/2007

4,000+ emergency responders participate in summer Fire Schools


TEEX's Brayton Fire Training Field was ablaze as more than 4,000 emergency responders from throughout Texas and the world traveled to College Station to battle flames and the July heat during three summer Fire Training Schools.

8/3/2007

4,000+ emergency responders participate in summer Fire Schools


Brayton Fire Training Field was ablaze as more than 4,000 emergency responders from throughout Texas and the world traveled to College Station to battle flames and the July heat during three summer Fire Training Schools. The annual schools are conducted each year at the 120-acre facility by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

8/1/2007

Firefighters learn new skills


A group of firefighters from the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department participated in the 78th Annual Municipal Texas Fire Training School this past week at The Brayton Fire Training Field and Texas A&M University.

7/30/2007

Storms move out, Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes


With the most-severe weather having moved through the state, Texas Task Force 1 has demobilized all of its swift-water rescue assets — those deployed to the San Antonio area and those on standby in College Station.

7/30/2007

A&M program gives firefighters real-world training


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Two gas lines carrying dangerous hydrocarbons have ruptured at a chemical plant on a windy morning.

7/30/2007

Gas Masks and Gurneys


Thousands of trainees gather in College Station for fire school

7/27/2007

Texas Task Force 1 ready to respond to anticipated coastal flooding


Since Wednesday, Texas Task Force 1 has deployed two swift water rescue boat squads to the San Antonio and Bexar County region in anticipation of wide-area flooding and swift water incidents due to heavy rainfall.

7/27/2007

Texas Task Force 1 Ready to Respond to Anticipated Coastal Flooding


Since Wednesday, Texas Task Force 1 has deployed two swift water rescue boat squads to the San Antonio and Bexar County region in anticipation of wide-area flooding and swift water incidents due to heavy rainfall.

7/26/2007

Edwards Secures $2.2 Million for A&M Anti-Terrorist Training and Space Robotics Programs As Bill Passes House


(WASHINGTON, DC) –Congressman Chet Edwards announced that the 2008 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill will include his request for $2.2 million for anti-terrorist training and development of NASA robotics technology at Texas A&M. The bill passed the passed the House of Representatives Thursday.

7/26/2007

Perry Mobilizes Water Rescue Team


SAN ANTONIO -- With many areas in Texas only a thunderstorm away from flooding, Gov. Rick Perry has activated a water rescue team in San Antonio that is on standby in case of severe weather.

7/25/2007

State Representative Fights Fire at TEEX School


COLLEGE STATION - A state representative takes some heat, along side some firefighters today. Representative Lois Kohlkorst of Brehnam suited up and grabbed a hose out at the TEEX fire training school Wednesday morning.

7/22/2007

Month - Long Fire Training Program Close to Ending


Muncipal and volunteer firefighters from across Texas and the country will be calling College Station home for the next week.

7/18/2007

Industrial firefighters begin 45th annual school


More than 450 industrial firefighters and safety personnel representing 11 countries are attending the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 45th Annual Industrial Fire School this week at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field.

7/18/2007

Industrial firefighters begin 45th annual school


More than 450 industrial firefighters and safety personnel representing 11 countries are attending the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 45th Annual Industrial Fire School this week at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field.

7/16/2007

Regional Exercise to Test Communications


The Heart of Texas Council of Governments (HOTCOG) will conduct a two-day regional exercise Wednesday and Thursday, July 18-19.

7/14/2007

A bond beyond language


It's not just the once-in-a-lifetime training that brought almost 700 Spanish speakers to Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station this week.

7/12/2007

Hundreds of Foreign Firefighters in Town for Training


COLLEGE STATION --- Nearly 700 firefighters from nineteen countries called College Station home this week.

7/11/2007

Fire Instructors Memorialized at Brayton Fire Training Field


Fire instructors who have died over the past year were remembered Wednesday by thousands of their own.

7/6/2007

TX-TF1 begins demobilization


As the heaviest storm systems move north and east, Texas Task Force 1 on Friday began a phased demobilization that is expected to culminate by mid-day Saturday.

7/3/2007

TX-TF1 deploys additional swiftwater rescue teams


Texas Task Force-1 deployed an additional four swiftwater rescue squads late Monday in advance of a new line of severe thunderstorms in the Texas Hill Country.

7/3/2007

Simulated man gives lessons in dealing with weapons of mass destruction


Medical students have been using humanlike simulators at Loma Linda University to practice treating everything from breathing problems to heart attacks.

7/2/2007

Texas Task Force 1 redeploys ahead of severe weather


With barely two days rest, College Station-based Texas Task Force 1 on Sunday deployed its assets back to rain-soaked areas in north-central Texas that may face additional flooding.

6/30/2007

Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes as storms move on


Late Friday afternoon, College Station-based Texas Task Force 1 began demobilizing all of its swiftwater squads and equipment; however, a liaison will remain on-hand in Burnet County to assist those communities with accessing any needed state resources.

6/27/2007

Texas Task Force 1 deploys additional teams


The two Texas Task Force 1 swiftwater rescue teams standing by in Cooke County were dispatched overnight to Lampasas due to continued heavy rainfall in Williamson, Burnet and Lampasas counties.

6/26/2007

Texas Task Force 1 deploys water rescue teams to rain-soaked Cooke County


With additional heavy rainfall expected in North Texas, Governor Rick Perry on Monday authorized activation of state resources, including the College Station-based Texas Task Force 1.

6/25/2007

<i>New York Times</i> - Flexible and Fearless, Seeking Rescue Work


It was another perfect day in Disaster City. Satoshi Tadokoro operates the Active Scope Camera, an optic robot that inches along like a snake.

6/24/2007

<i>The Eagle</i> - Learning an explosive job


TEEX teaches civilians the art of ordnance disposal

6/13/2007

Search and rescue robots face real-world testing at Disaster City®


Disaster City® in College Station. Emergency responders from 16 states are expected to test about 20 robots using two realistic training scenarios. The goal is to determine which kinds of US&R robots are best-suited to particular tasks in disaster scenarios.

6/13/2007

Search and rescue robots face real-world testing at Disaster City®


The Texas Engineering Extension Service is co-hosting a Response Robot Evaluation Exercise for urban search and rescue responders on June 18-22 at Disaster City® in College Station. Emergency responders from 16 states are expected to test about 20 robots using two realistic training scenarios.

6/11/2007

More than 2,300 Texans participate in 2007 Hurricane Exercise


More than 2,300 Texas citizens participated in the statewide hurricane evacuation and sheltering exercise conducted June 4-8 by the Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM). For the third year, TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) designed, developed and delivered the exercise for GDEM.

6/11/2007

More than 2,300 Texans participate in 2007 Hurricane Exercise


More than 2,300 Texas citizens participated in the statewide hurricane evacuation and sheltering exercise conducted June 4-8 by the Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM). For the third year, TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) designed, developed and delivered the exercise for GDEM, and employed 174 TEEXans as observer/controllers around the state.

6/1/2007

Texas Task Force 1 completes deployment to Central Texas


Texas Task Force 1 was deployed May 25-29 by the Governor's Division of Emergency Management to support rescue operations in the wake of severe weather in central Texas over the Memorial Day weekend.

5/23/2007

41st Annual Spanish Fire Training School prepares for 600 students


More than 600 Spanish-speaking firefighters from 16 countries are traveling to Brayton Fire Training Field for the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) 41st Annual Spanish Fire Training School to learn the latest firefighting and rescue procedures and participate in hands-on scenarios.

5/23/2007

41st Annual Spanish Fire Training School prepares for 600 students


41st Annual Spanish Fire Training School prepares for 600 students More than 600 Spanish-speaking firefighters from 16 countries are traveling to Brayton Fire Training Field for the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) 41st Annual Spanish Fire Training School to learn the latest firefighting and rescue procedures and participate in hands-on scenarios.

5/17/2007

Chevron Industrial Class first to be held in H.D. Smith Ops Complex


A 32-hour Industrial Fire Brigade training school for Chevron was the first emergency services industrial class held in the new H.D. Smith Ops Complex at the Brayton Fire Training Field.

4/26/2007

Texas Task Force 1 demobilized, returning to College Station today


Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 is expected to arrive here today about 12 noon after completing its search and rescue mission in Eagle Pass.

4/25/2007

Texas Task Force 1 deployed to Eagle Pass


Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has deployed a Type I task force with 84 team members to Eagle Pass after a tornado killed seven and injured dozens more last night near this border community about 150 miles southwest of San Antonio.

4/25/2007

Blinn and TEEX sign agreement on Central Texas Police Academy


Blinn College President Dr. Donald Voelter and Texas Engineering Extension Service Interim Director Gary Sera officially signed a second agreement to give students both college credit and hands-on experience in public service fields.

4/25/2007

Texas Task Force 1 focusing search efforts on three schools in Eagle Pass


Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 is focusing its search efforts in Eagle Pass on three schools that were severely damaged by last night's deadly tornado.

4/24/2007

Texas Task Force 1 activated for potential flooding or tornado damage


Urban searh and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been activated by the Governor's Division of Emergency Management in support of communities affected by severe weather conditions over Central Texas.

4/24/2007

Texas Task Force 1 activated for potential flooding or tornado damage


Texas Task Force 1 has called out 105 members of the statewide urban search and rescue team and three water rescue squads to support communities across the state affected by severe weather conditions.

4/19/2007

Socol to lead communications and marketing efforts for TEEX


Jay G. Socol, Public Information Officer for the City of Bryan, will leave his post to become the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Texas Engineering Extension Service.

4/18/2007

Blinn to sign agreement with TEEX police academy


Blinn College and the Texas Engineering Extension Service will hold an official signing ceremony on April 25 to mark a second agreement to give students both college credit and hands-on experience in public service fields.

3/30/2007

Gary Sera Named Interim Director of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)


Mr. Gary F. Sera was named interim director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. He will begin work immediately, reporting to Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor of engineering for the A&M System and dean of engineering at Texas A&M University.

3/30/2007

Texas Task Force 1 Activated for Hill Country Flooding


Texas Task Force 1 deployed water rescue teams Friday afternoon at the request of the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management to support emergency response officials in the Hill Country following severe flooding in the area.

3/23/2007

Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and College Station Parks & Recreation Showcase Best Practices in Community and Economic Development


College Station’s Veteran’s Park, Wolf Pen Creek District and Crompton Park were the focus of a local tour this week of parks and recreation best practices hosted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and AdventGX Corporation.

3/8/2007

Pilot Rural Economic & Tourism Development Seminar to Be Hosted in Van Horn


The pilot seminar of the Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar series will be held March 26-27, in Van Horn, Texas.

3/8/2007

Pilot Rural Economic & Tourism Development Seminar to Be Hosted in Van Horn


The pilot seminar of the Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar series will be held March 26-27, in Van Horn, Texas. The seminar series was developed by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in collaboration with AdventGX Corporation as part of the agency’s efforts to provide economic development support to rural and underserved communities.

3/5/2007

Spring Fire School Bursts into Action Training Firefighters from Across State


An aircraft's fuselage explodes into flames. Nearly a mile away, emergency responders strive to contain leaking hazardous materials before they contaminate the nearby city.

3/2/2007

Ribbon Cutting, Dedication Scheduled for New Brayton Fire Field Operations Complex


<p>The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the new H.D. Smith Operations Complex Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at the Brayton Fire Training Field. </p>

3/2/2007

TEEX Employees Volunteering with Second Annual Habitat for Humanity Partnership


Nearly 20 Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) employees will be volunteering for Habitat for Humanity during the organization's 2007 Corporate Challenge Saturday, March 3, in Bryan.

2/28/2007

Ground Breaking Begins Expansion for Emergency Operations Training Center at Disaster City


A large expansion to the Texas Engineering Extension Service's Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC) will commence with a groundbreaking ceremony at Disaster City® Thursday, March 1, at 11 a.m.

2/28/2007

Major Earthquake at Disaster City® Causes Exercise Response from Texas Task Force 1


Texas Task Force 1, the state's elite urban search and rescue team, will respond to a mock earthquake catastrophe at Disaster City® during a full-scale operational readiness exercise March 2-4.

2/26/2007

Disaster City's Most Realistic US&R Training Structure Reaches Completion


Crushed columns, hanging concrete slabs and protruding steel all form the foundation of the Texas Engineering Extension Service's newest structural collapse training facility at Disaster City®.

2/20/2007

Texas Task Force 1 Hosts State Urban Search and Rescue Conference


Texas Task Force 1 is hosting the fourth State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance Conference (SUSAR) this week for more than 100 emergency response managers from 21 states, including as far away as Alaska.

2/20/2007

United Kindom Fire Department Expands US&R Training Agreement with TEEX


The United Kingdom's Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Texas Engineering Extension Service Tuesday, Feb. 20, which will create new opportunities for increased urban search and rescue training and professional development.

2/7/2007

Firefighters from two of world's largest nuclear facilities attend TEEX training


Firefighters from two of the world’s largest nuclear energy facilities spent the past three weeks training at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Disaster City®, learning the techniques and procedures for rescue in a contaminated environment.

1/23/2007

Texas Task Force 1 Delivering Canine Search and Rescue Exhibition at Texas A&M


Several Texas Task Force 1 search and rescue canine teams and emergency responders will be exhibiting their skills at Texas A&M University Friday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., as part of the Texas Task Force 1 “Masters of Disaster” six-week display at the J. Wayne Stark University Galleries.

1/17/2007

UPDATE: TEEX offices to remain closed Wednesday, January 17


TEEX offices will remain CLOSED Wednesday (Jan. 17).

1/15/2007

TEEX offices closed Tuesday, Jan. 16 due to winter weather


COLLEGE STATION -- The offices of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16 due to inclement weather. Employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors if they have questions about their status.

1/5/2007

Masters Of Disaster: Texas Task Force 1 Exhibit Opens Thursday


The J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University will introduce "Masters of Disaster: Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue," on Thursday (Jan. 11). The exhibition, open through Feb. 27, consists of photographs, equipment, videos, and interactive pieces from natural disasters, adversities, and the incredible history of Texas Task Force 1.

1/1/2007

TEEX closed Jan. 2 in honor of President Ford


TEEX will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, following the governor's declaration of a Day of Mourning in Texas to honor the memory of President Gerald R. Ford.

12/14/2006

Parker receives Regents Fellows Service Award


<p>Billy Parker of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has won the prestigious Regents Fellows Service Award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The annual Regents Fellows award is the highest honor given by the Regents and recognizes senior-level professionals who have provided exemplary service not only to their university or agency, but also to the community, state, nation and world.</p>

12/14/2006

Parker receives Regents Fellows Service Award


Billy Parker of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has won the prestigious Regents Fellows Service Award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The annual Regents Fellows award is the highest honor given by the Regents and recognizes senior-level professionals who have provided exemplary service not only to their university or agency, but also to the community, state, nation and world.

12/8/2006

TEEX Central Texas Police Academy celebrates 139th class graduation


The Texas Engineering Extension Service is celebrating the 139th graduation ceremony of the Central Texas Police Academy on Friday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center located adjacent to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

12/5/2006

Top News Stories for Dec 5, 2006


<ul> <li>Bush School and NERRTC team up for bioterrorism simulation exercise</li> <li>Sneed receives TEEXcellent Service Award for December</li> <li>TEEXans participate in the Texas EMS Conference</li> <li>Customer Corner: Spinelli first to earn five CSHO certificates</li> <li>Disaster City® featured in Texas Civil Engineer magazine</li> </ul>

11/16/2006

Top News Stories for Nov. 16, 2006


<ul> <li>TEEX to receive homeland security funding</li> <li> TEEX receives honors at Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting conference</li> <li> Civilian safety professionals at Tinker AFB earn CSHO</li> <li> Bolivian emergency responders visit TEEX</li> <li> Riendeau receives Iraq Campaign Medal</li> <li> Annual Texas meter school draws 165 students</li> </ul>

11/7/2006

TEEX/SWEMA Host 2006 Texas Meter School


<p>The Texas Engineering Extension Service and the Southwest Electrical Metering Association (SWEMA) hosted the Annual Utility Electrical Metering School Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, teaching 165 students the latest in electrical metering technologies. </p>

11/7/2006

TEEX/SWEMA Host Annual Texas Meter School


The Texas Engineering Extension Service and the Southwest Electrical Metering Association (SWEMA) hosted the Annual Utility Electrical Metering School Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, teaching 165 students the latest in electrical metering technologies.

11/2/2006

TEEX OSHA Center ranks No. 1, receives Harwood grant


<p>TEEX's OSHA Southwest Education Center has trained more participants than any other Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Education Center for the third consecutive year. </p>

11/2/2006

TEEX OSHA Center ranks No. 1, receives Harwood grant


TEEX's OSHA Southwest Education Center has trained more participants than any other Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Education Center for the third consecutive year. The center provided safety and health training for 5,406 participants through 280 courses in fiscal year 2006.

10/26/2006

TEEX's Bunte Named to Fire Commission


Chief Les Bunte of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has been appointed to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection by Gov. Rick Perry. The commission enforces statewide fire service standards and provides education and assistance to fire service personnel.

10/23/2006

Texas Task Force 1 Continues East Texas Operations


<p>Texas Task Force 1’s water strike squads remained in East Texas Monday to assist local officials with damage assessments from the recent heavy rainfall that resulted in localized flooding along the Neches River.</p>

10/23/2006

Texas Task Force 1 Continues East Texas Operations


Texas Task Force 1’s water strike squads remained in East Texas Monday to assist local officials with damage assessments from the recent heavy rainfall that resulted in localized flooding along the Neches River.

10/20/2006

Texas Task Force 1 activated for East Texas flooding


Texas Task Force 1 deployed two water strike teams to East Texas late Friday evening at the request of the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management to assist in regional flood response.

10/20/2006

Texas Task Force 1 activated for East Texas Flooding


Texas Task Force 1 deployed two water strike teams to East Texas late Friday evening at the request of the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management to assist in regional flood response.

10/17/2006

Search and rescue canines face Disaster City - TEEX, Texas Task Force 1 host national FEMA evaluation


The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s renowned Disaster City and urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 will host the national FEMA Disaster Search Canine Readiness Evaluation October 21-22.

10/16/2006

Top News Stories for Oct. 16, 2006


<ul> <li>TEEX trains more than 2,000 responders in Puerto Rico</li> <li>TEEX helps 5th Army prepare to aid civilian authorities during a disaster</li> <li>Perry discusses Hydrogen Sulfide safety in Professional Safety journal</li> <li>New PRT 2006-07 Catalog highlights 50 TEEX courses</li> </ul>

10/11/2006

TEEX safety training yields lower injuries for Nueces County workers


In 2001, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) partnered with the Nueces County Department of Public Works and Building Maintenance to train workers in the latest safety standards available.

10/11/2006

TEEX safety training yeilds lower injuries for Nueces County workers


In 2001, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) partnered with the Nueces County Department of Public Works and Building Maintenance to train workers in the latest safety standards available.

10/5/2006

Employees serve on health and safety boards


Dr. Marie Martin and Dr. David Schaller, who are program managers with TEEX's Professional & Regulatory Training, have both been appointed to serve of boards of professional associations in the health and safety field.

10/5/2006

Employees serve on health and safety boards


Dr. Marie Martin, Program Manager for Curriculum with TEEX's Professional & Regulatory Training, has been elected to a three-year term as director-at-large on the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).

9/18/2006

West coast emergency responders face Texas' Disaster City


Members of the San Francisco Fire Department and other California emergency responders will conduct a full-scale operational readiness exercise (ORE) at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s internationally recognized Disaster City Sept. 18-20.

9/18/2006

West coast emergency responders face Texas' Disaster City


Members of the San Francisco Fire Department and other California emergency responders will conduct a full-scale operational readiness exercise (ORE) at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s internationally recognized Disaster City Sept. 18-20.

9/4/2006

Texas Task Force 1 Demobilized from Ernesto


Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been demobilized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after a week-long deployment in response to Hurricane Ernesto.

9/4/2006

Texas Task Force 1 Demobilizes from Ernesto


Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been demobilized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after a week-long deployment in response to Hurricane Ernesto.

9/1/2006

Texas Task Force 1 Ernesto update


Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 remains on deployment today as part of FEMA's response to now Tropical Depression Ernesto.

8/30/2006

Chickasaw Enterprises and TEEX sign historic agreement


A department within the Commerce Division of the Chickasaw Nation is the first tribal entity in the country to form an alliance with federal regulatory agencies in an effort to promote workplace safety.

8/30/2006

Chicksaw Enterprises and TEEX sign historic agreement


A department within the Commerce Division of the Chickasaw Nation is the first tribal entity in the country to form an alliance with federal regulatory agencies in an effort to promote workplace safety.

8/28/2006

Texas Task Force 1 activated for Ernesto


Elite urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in advance of Tropical Storm Ernesto’s possible landfall in Florida later this week.

8/28/2006

Preparing for disaster: Survey shows critical measures being overlooked


Five years after 9/11 and one year after Hurricane Katrina, most companies have some form of disaster response plan in place; however, one out of four professionals responsible for corporate disaster preparedness efforts report that they have never conducted a disaster response exercise. The finding is part of a survey commissioned by the National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), a division of The Texas A&M University System’s Texas Engineering Extension Service.

8/28/2006

Texas Task Force 1 activated for Ernesto


COLLEGE STATION – Elite urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in advance of Tropical Storm Ernesto’s possible landfall in Florida later this week.

8/28/2006

Preparing for disaster: Survey shows critical measures being overlooked


COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Five years after 9/11 and one year after Hurricane Katrina, most companies have some form of disaster response plan in place; however, one out of four professionals responsible for corporate disaster preparedness efforts report that they have never conducted a disaster response exercise.

8/17/2006

TEEX creates new 2,300-foot pipeline to provide emergency response training


TEEX creates new 2,300-foot pipeline to provide emergency response training.

8/9/2006

Blinn Fire Science Program adds hands-on training


Blinn Fire Science Program adds hands-on training through TEEX partnership

8/9/2006

Blinn Fire Science Program adds hands-on training


BRENHAM - Blinn College Board of Trustees approved expanding the college’s fire science program to include training at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s world-renowned Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station. The board approved a memorandum of agreement with TEEX, a member of the Texas A&M University System, for 2006-07.

8/7/2006

Edwards to tout A&M Homeland Security Program


Edwards In College Station August 9th To Tout A&M Homeland Security Program, Congressman Worked to Prevent $15 Million Cut to Emergency Training

7/25/2006

77th Annual Municipal Fire School attracts nearly 3,000


Firefighters from throughout Texas and the United States are in College Station this week for the 77th Annual Municipal Fire Training School, which is recognized as the largest event of its kind.

7/25/2006

77th Annual Municipal Fire School attracts nearly 3,000


Firefighters from throughout Texas and the United States are in College Station this week for the 77th Annual Municipal Fire Training School, which is recognized as the largest event of its kind.

7/19/2006

TEEX donates more than 10,000 toiletry items


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is donating more than 10,000 toiletry items to Phoebe’s Home shelter for domestic violence Friday, July 21, at noon at the TEEX headquarters, located in the John B. Connally Building, 301 Tarrow, College Station.

7/17/2006

Industrial firefighters set for 44th Annual School


More than 550 industrial firefighters and safety personnel are attending the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 44th Annual Industrial Fire School this week at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field.

7/17/2006

Industrial firefighters set for 44th Annual School


COLLEGE STATION – More than 550 industrial firefighters and safety personnel are attending the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 44th Annual Industrial Fire School this week at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field.

7/10/2006

TEEX Spanish Fire School largest in five years


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is hosting the 40th Annual Spanish Fire School this week.

7/10/2006

TEEX Spanish Fire School largest in five years


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is hosting the 40th Annual Spanish Fire School this week, which has attracted 682 firefighters from 15 different countries – the largest enrollment the school has experienced in five years.

6/30/2006

Texas fire training takes off this July with world's largest annual firefighter schools


Thousands of firefighters from across the globe will travel to Texas this July to participate in the nation’s premier fire training schools.

6/30/2006

Texas fire training takes off this July with world's largest annual firefighter schools


COLLEGE STATION – Thousands of firefighters from across the globe will travel to Texas this July to participate in the nation’s premier fire training schools at the world’s largest live-fire fueled training facility – The Brayton Fire Training Field .

6/26/2006

National Emergency Services Conference to be held in Nashville


More than 150 emergency responders and instructors are expected to participate in the National Emergency Services Training Conference scheduled for July 8-9 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville.

6/26/2006

National Emergency Services Conference to be held in Nashville


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – More than 150 emergency responders and instructors are expected to participate in the National Emergency Services Training Conference scheduled for July 8-9 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville.

6/21/2006

Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes from Houston floods


Texas Task Force 1’s swiftwater rescue teams demobilized early Wednesday due to reduced severe weather conditions in Houston.

6/21/2006

Texas Task Force 1 demobilizes from Houston floods


COLLEGE STATION – The Governor’s Division of Emergency Management demobilized Texas Task Force 1’s swiftwater rescue teams early Wednesday due to reduced severe weather conditions in Houston and local officials’ capability to manage the flood response.

6/19/2006

Texas Task Force 1 activated for Houston floods


Gov. Rick Perry activated search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 Monday morning in response to the severe flooding conditions in the Houston area.

6/19/2006

Texas Task Force 1 activated for Houston floods


COLLEGE STATION – Gov. Rick Perry activated search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 Monday morning in response to the severe flooding conditions in the Houston area.

6/5/2006

TEEX Central Texas Police Academy celebrates 138th class graduation


Several New Officers to Begin Serving in Brazos Valley

6/5/2006

TEEX Central Texas Police Academy celebrates 139th class graduation


COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Engineering Extension Service is celebrating the 138th graduation ceremony of the Central Texas Police Academy on Wednesday, June 7, at 5 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center located adjacent to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

5/19/2006

A&M System Regents to meet at TEEX


The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System will meet Thursday and Friday, May 25-26.

5/10/2006

TEEX graduates 16 EMT-Paramedics


Sixteen Emegency Medical Technicians graduated from TEEX's EMT-Paramedic program on April 7.

5/9/2006

TEEX EMS Leadership Academy recognizes first graduating class


More than 25 emergency medical services personnel will become the first graduating class of TEEX's EMS Leadership Academy at a ceremony in Humble.

5/8/2006

BP presents TEEX with plaque at LNG ribbon-cutting ceremony


BP Global Energy presented TEEX with a plaque of appreciation April 26 during a dedication ceremony for the completion of the Brayton Fire Training Field’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) prop.

5/8/2006

BP presents TEEX with plaque at LNG ribbon-cutting ceremony


BP Global Energy presented TEEX with a plaque of appreciation April 26 during a dedication ceremony for the completion of the Brayton Fire Training Field’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) prop.

5/5/2006

Crisis management training conducted for Texas A&M-Qatar


A group of TEEX employees recently conducted crisis management training and a tabletop exercise for officials at Texas A&M-Qatar. The team from TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center has been working with TAMUQ for the past year to develop a Crisis Contingency Plan.

5/5/2006

Crisis management training conducted for Texas A&M-Qatar


A group of Texas Engineering Extension Service employees recently returned from two weeks at Texas A&M University-Qatar (TAMUQ), where they conducted crisis management training and a tabletop exercise for TAMUQ crisis managers.

5/2/2006

TEEX develops new training materials for oil and gas industries


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has recently developed more than 1,000 visual aids to assist workers in the oil and gas industries to identify potential hazards.

4/18/2006

Outdoor track facility opens at Central Texas Police Academy


TEEX's Central Texas Police Academy held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new circuit training exercise track on April 12.

4/18/2006

Outdoor track facility opens at Central Texas Police Academy


TEEX's Central Texas Police Academy held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new circuit training exercise track on April 12. The track, located at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus, is a 400-meter state-of-the-art outdoor track facility for training Central Texas Police Academy cadets.

4/11/2006

Rep. Kolkhorst to recognize Tarlton Supply


Texas State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst will present Brenham-based Tarlton Supply with the Springboard Award.

4/11/2006

Rep. Kolkhorst to recognize Tarlton Supply


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst will present Brenham-based Tarlton Supply with the Springboard Award on behalf of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) in a ceremony on Wednesday, April 12, at 10 a.m.

4/3/2006

Urban search and rescue robots nationwide deploy for evaluation exercise at Disaster City™


Ground, aerial and aquatic emergency response robots from across the country will face realistic urban search and rescue challenges April 4-7 at Disaster City near the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.

4/3/2006

Urban search and rescue robots nationwide deploy for evaluation exercise at Disaster City™


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Ground, aerial and aquatic emergency response robots from across the country will face realistic urban search and rescue challenges April 4-7 at Disaster City near the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.

3/28/2006

Simulation exercises prepare Austin area for WMD terrorist attack response


Emergency managers from the City of Austin and Travis County will attend the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center’s <a href="http://www.teex.com/teex.cfm?pageid=NERRTCprog&area=NERRTC&templateid=1093">Enhanced Incident Management/Unified Command (E-IM/UC) course</a> in College Station March 28-31.

3/28/2006

Simulation exercises prepare Austin are for WMD terrorist attack response


COLLEGE STATION – Emergency managers from the City of Austin and Travis County will attend the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center’s Enhanced Incident Management/Unified Command (E-IM/UC) course in College Station March 28-31.

3/22/2006

Texas Task Force 1 conducts full-scale hurricane exercises in March/April


Texas Task Force 1, the state’s elite urban search and rescue team, will respond to mock hurricane incidents at Disaster City during three Operational Readiness Exercises in March and April.

3/22/2006

Texas Task Force 1 conducts full-scale hurricane exercises in March/April


COLLEGE STATION – Texas Task Force 1 , the state’s elite urban search and rescue team, will respond to mock hurricane incidents at Disaster City during three Operational Readiness Exercises in March and April.

3/15/2006

Valero firefighters train with TEEX


TEEX is hosting the Valero Energy Corporation Fire School this week.

3/15/2006

Valero firefighters train with TEEX


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is hosting the Valero Energy Corporation Fire School this week, with 170 emergency response team members undergoing extensive, hands-on industrial fire training at the Brayton Fire Training Field .

3/6/2006

Leading incident management training center doubles size


NERRTC adding to Emergency Operations Training Center.

3/6/2006

Spring fire training school begins 18th year


Firefighters gather at the Brayton Fire Training Field this week as part of the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 18th Annual Spring Fire Training School.

3/6/2006

Leading incident management training center doubles in size


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) is doubling the size of its Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC), which serves as the home of one of the nation’s top courses for computer-simulated incident management training.

3/6/2006

Spring fire training school begins 18th year


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Firefighters from across the state are at the Brayton Fire Training Field this week as part of the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 18th Annual Spring Fire Training School, March 6-10.

2/15/2006

OSHA Center operated by TEEX is ranked No. 1 in the country


The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s OSHA Southwest Education Center has been ranked No. 1 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The center set an all-time national record for OSHA Education Centers by providing safety and health training to 5,503 students in 2005.

2/15/2006

OSHA Center operated by TEEX is ranked No.1 in the country


The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s OSHA Southwest Education Center set an all-time national record by providing safety and health training to 5,503 students in 2005.

1/23/2006

TEEX Central Texas Police Academy beginning 2006 classes


Historic Academy Trains Officers Throughout Central Texas

1/23/2006

TEEX Central Texas Police Academy beginning 2006 classes


COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Central Texas Police Academy is continuing its commitment to the safety of the Brazos Valley and Central Texas with the start of its 2006 classes in mid February.

1/4/2006

TEEX breaks ground on new operations complex at Brayton Fire Training Field


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will break ground on a two-story operations complex at the Brayton Fire Training Field named in honor of longtime Fire Chief Henry D. Smith on Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m.

1/4/2006

TEEX breaks ground on new operations complex at Brayton Fire Training Field


COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will break ground on a two-story operations complex at the Brayton Fire Training Field named in honor of longtime Fire Chief Henry D. Smith on Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m.

12/20/2005

TEEX Employees Receive Distinguished Service Awards


Ten employees of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) received Distinguished Service Awards on Thursday, Dec. 15

12/16/2005

Chancellor McTeer gets first-hand look at TEEX


The Texas A&M University System Chancellor, Robert McTeer, goes behind the scenes with TEEX.

11/30/2005

TEEX breaks ground on new search and rescue training facilities


TEEX broke ground Tuesday (Nov. 29) on three new classroom and office buildings, which will expand its capabilities in urban search and rescue training at the full-scale, mock community known as Disaster City<sup>TM</SUP>.

11/29/2005

TEEX trains 6th Civil Support Team in emergency vehicle driving


TEEX trained 24 members of the Texas National Guard, 6th Civil Support Team, in emergency vehicle driving. The hands-on training on the large equipment was conducted on the TEEX driving track at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus.

11/29/2005

TEEX police academy conducting two simultaneous police academies


Dual-Classes a First in Academy’s History

11/15/2005

Disaster City hosts first specialty canine course


Twenty-one canine search and rescue teams and 16 search team managers from nine states and Canada have deployed to the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Disaster City™ this week as part of a new Disaster Canine Search Specialist course.

11/11/2005

Local Officials Train for Emergency Response and Recovery


NERRTC conducts exercise in Richmond, Texas.

11/9/2005

Edwards: $58.5 million for A&M programs, funding for ocean exploration, anti-terror training and juvenile crime reduction programs


$300,000 Secured by Edwards for First Responder Anti-Terror Training Program.

11/3/2005

London Fire Brigade commissioner tours TEEX’s Disaster City


Views training complex that helped prepare London for July 7 terrorist attacks

10/31/2005

Governor Perry awards $1.5 million to TEEX/Texas State’s ALERRT Center


Gov. Rick Perry has announced an award of $1,501,154 to the partnership between Texas State University-San Marcos and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to fund the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center.

10/20/2005

HotZone Hazardous Materials Conference draws 400


More than 400 response personnel from 12 states participated in the 7th Annual HotZone Hazardous Materials Conference held Oct. 13-16 in Houston.

10/19/2005

Peacock And McKee To Address Hurricane, Disaster Response


Texas A&M experts will discuss response and recovery from hurricanes and other disasters at an event entitled "Andrew and Katrina: Lessons Learned, Unlearned, and Relearned" on Thursday (Oct. 20) at the George Bush Presidential Library.

10/17/2005

World War II hangar transformed into state-of-the-art training facility


Ribbon-cutting held today in conjunction with electric metering school

10/11/2005

TEEX conducts BP-sponsored course focusing on LNG firefighter training


About 30 BP firefighters from around the world are participating in a training program this week at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Brayton Fire Training Field to learn about fighting liquefied natural gas (LNG) fires.

10/10/2005

Popularity of TEEX police academy leads to first-ever dual daytime academies


TEEX’s Public Safety and Security is conducting two daytime police academies simultaneously for the first time in its history.

10/4/2005

TEEX provides safety training to Gulf States’ workers in wake of Katrina and Rita


Agency Receives $450,000 OSHA Grant

9/29/2005

TEEX receives $22 million for homeland security training


The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, a part of the Texas Engineering Extension Service, will receive $22 million in federal funds to provide homeland security training, exercises and technical assistance to the nation’s emergency responders.

9/27/2005

Texas Task Force 1 completes Rita mission


Teams return to College Station on Tuesday.

9/26/2005

TEEX featured on National Geographic Channel


National Geographic Channel’s “Naked Science” is broadcasting an episode titled “Bullets,” which features segments shot at TEEX, Texas A&M University and in the Bryan-College Station community.

9/25/2005

Texas Task Force 1 continues Rita assessments, works throughout southeast Texas


Search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 continued damage and needs assessments throughout Southeast Texas on Sunday in the wake of Hurricane Rita.

9/24/2005

Texas Task Force 1 begins operations


Search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 spent most of Saturday surveying the damage left behind by Hurricane Rita and assisting in isolated evacuations in Southeast Texas communities.

9/24/2005

Texas Task Force 1 begins Rita operations, logs 13 rescues on Saturday


Search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 spent most of Saturday surveying the damage left behind by Hurricane Rita while also assisting with 13 rescues in Southeast Texas communities.

9/23/2005

Texas Task Force 1 dispatches teams in advance of Hurricane Rita


Elite search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 dispatched to the Houston area late Friday afternoon to pre-stage 150 team members and equipment in advance of Hurricane Rita’s landfall in Southeast Texas.

9/21/2005

Texas Task Force 1 Readies for Hurricane Rita


Texas Task Force 1 is deploying at least 150 team members and preparing to coordinate and manage the state’s search and rescue operations for Hurricane Rita

9/20/2005

Texas Task Force 1 returns from New Orleans, prepares for Rita


Texas Task Force 1 demobilized its New Orleans search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday and began preparing for Tropical Storm Rita.

9/19/2005

Gov. Perry Recalls Texas Forces from Louisiana; Begins Preparations for Rita


Gov. Rick Perry recalled the Texas National Guard, Texas Task Force 1 and other emergency personnel and equipment from Louisiana in anticipation of Tropical Storm Rita entering the Gulf of Mexico

9/15/2005

Edwards anounces $21.5 million for A&M homeland security program


U.S. Representative Chet Edwards today announced that $21.5 million from the Department of Homeland Security will be made available September 30th for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at Texas A&M University.

9/13/2005

Texas Task Force 1 returns to New Orleans


80-member search and rescue team to depart College Station Tuesday

9/8/2005

Texas Task Force 1 completes Katrina mission


Members of Texas Task Force 1’s elite search and rescue and water strike teams returned from Louisiana to their headquarters at the Texas Engineering Extension Service in College Station on Sept. 7.

9/6/2005

Texas Task Force 1 teams work in conjunction


Urban search and rescue, water teams continue downtown New Orleans rescues

9/6/2005

Texas Task Force 1 teams to demobilize


Return to College Station set for Wednesday afternoon

9/5/2005

Texas Task Force 1 logs 420 rescues on Sunday


Texas Task Force 1 evacuated 420 people from flooded homes near downtown New Orleans on Sunday, as both the water rescue and urban search and rescue teams continued operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

9/3/2005

Texas Task Force 1 evacuates nursing home


Urban search and rescue team continues downtown New Orleans rescues

9/2/2005

Texas Task Force 1 rescues 155 patients late Thursday


Texas Task Force 1 evacuated more than 150 patients stranded in a hospital and nursing home following the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.

9/2/2005

Texas Task Force 1 continues rescue ops


Both teams engaged in additional water rescues

9/1/2005

Photos detail Texas Task Force 1's Katrina response


Texas Task Force 1 has made several photos available from the team's search and rescue activities on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in response to Hurricane Katrina.

9/1/2005

Texas Task Force 1 suspends rescue ops


Both teams use day for rest and rehab, local missions

8/31/2005

Texas Task Force 1 continues water rescues


Urban search and rescue, water rescue teams both respond to New Orleans for Katrina

8/31/2005

Update: Texas Task Force 1 operations for Hurricane Katrina


Texas Task Force 1’s two rescue teams continue to work in the flooded Downtown New Orleans area in response to Hurricane Katrina.

8/30/2005

Texas Task Force 1 engaged in New Orleans


Urban search and rescue, water rescue teams both in action.

8/29/2005

Texas Task Force 1 deploys water assets


Urban search and rescue team heads to Baton Rouge.

8/27/2005

Texas Task Force 1 activated for Katrina


Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in preparation for Hurricane Katrina’s landfall along the Gulf Coast within the next few days. Texas Task Force 1 will deploy a full 70-member Type I urban search and rescue team and an additional 10 support personnel.

8/26/2005

First Laredo-based Recruit Firefighter Academy Graduates Aug. 26


Twenty-seven cadets from five states and Canada are on their way to realizing their dream of becoming a firefighter with the graduation ceremonies of the first Laredo-based Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Recruit Firefighter Academy on Friday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

8/25/2005

TEEX's Advanced Collision Investigation course held in Bentonville


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Advanced Collision Investigation course was recently held in Bentonville, Arkansas.

8/19/2005

TEEX's Brayton Fire Training Field backdrop for feature on A&M quarterback


TEEX's Brayton Fire Training Field served as a backdrop for a feature on Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal in the Aug. 19 edition of the <i>Dallas Morning News</i titled "The heat is on."

8/17/2005

TEEX experts featured in 'Jane's Chem-Bio Handbook'


Three TEEX staff members are listed in the newly released <i>Jane's Chem-Bio Handbook: Third Edition</i> as contributors or members of the editorial review panel.

8/16/2005

TEEX trains schools to prevent, prepare for acts of violence


TEEX is partnering with Texas State University on Project Protect, a training program that helps school districts prevent, prepare, respond and recover from acts of violence. A pilot project is being conducted for the Laredo Independent School District.

8/9/2005

Safety and health alliance joins training, governmental and corporate organizations


Signing ceremony slated for Aug. 11.

7/31/2005

TEEX featured in The Star


TEEX was featured in an article entitled "Firefighters get crash course in response to terrorist attacks" in The Star on July 31, 2005.

7/29/2005

TEEX concludes WMD exercise in Paris


The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) was featured in an article entitled "Officials praised for response" in <i>The Paris News</i> on July 29, 2005.

7/29/2005

Rep. Keffer recognized for firefighter support


Rep. Keffer participates in 76th Texas Municipal Fire Training School ceremony.

7/28/2005

TEEX's Municipal Fire Training School featured in Bryan-College Station Eagle


An article about TEEX's Municipal Fire Training School was featued in the Bryan-College Station Eagle on July 28, 2005.

7/26/2005

Fire School Hosts Public Demonstrations


Municipal School is the largest since 1992

7/26/2005

TEEX conducts WMD exercise in Paris


An article about NERRTC, entitled "Terror drill tests emergency response" was featured in the Paris News on July 26, 2005.

7/22/2005

More than 2,500 firefighters expected for 76th Annual Municipal Fire Training School


More than 2,500 firefighters and 500 guest instructors from throughout Texas and the nation will converge at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Brayton Fire Training Field July 24-29 for the 76th Annual Texas Municipal Fire Training School.

7/22/2005

Central Texas Police Academy on track to improve officer fitness


Construction is under way on a new 400-meter state-of-the-art fitness track facility that will enhance physical training for the cadets at TEEX’s Central Texas Police Academy, located at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus.

7/21/2005

Texas Task Force 1 returns from Emily


Elite search and rescue team demobilized from second hurricane response in July.

7/20/2005

Industrial Fire School featured in the Bryan-College Station Eagle


An article about the Industrial Fire School appeared in the Bryan-College Station Eagle on July 20, 2005.

7/20/2005

Texas Task Force 1 featured on KBTX.com


An article about Texas Task Force 1 appeared on KBTX.com on July 20, 2005.

7/19/2005

Texas Task Force 1 deploys to South Texas in advance of Hurricane Emily


Search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been deployed by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management in advance of Hurricane Emily’s landfall along the South Texas Gulf Coast.

7/19/2005

NERRTC featured in The Paris News


An article about a NERRTC drill in Lamar County, Texas was featured in The Paris News on July 19, 2005.

7/18/2005

TEEX hosts 43rd Annual Industrial Fire School


More than 500 firefighters and safety personnel are attending the 43rd Annual Industrial Fire School, July 17-22, at the Brayton Fire Training Field. The school is one of three annual fire schools conducted this month by the Texas Engineering Extension Service.

7/12/2005

Texas Task Force 1 demobilized from Dennis


Search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 received its demobilization orders related to Hurricane Dennis from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday, July 11, at 1 p.m. The team had been pre-staged in Mississippi since July 9 ahead of Hurricane Dennis’ landfall.

7/12/2005

TEEX anti-terrorism and WMD exercises featured in Brownwood Bulletin


About 250 participants will take part in TEEX-sponsored anti-terrorism and weapons of mass destruction exercises in Brownwood this week.

7/12/2005

Annual Spanish Fire School is under way


The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 39th Annual Spanish Fire School is under way with 627 Spanish-speaking firefighters from 17 countries learning the latest in firefighting procedures and techniques.

7/11/2005

TEEX anti-terrorism training featured in Tyler Morning Telegraph


The July 7 attacks in London brought a new sense of urgency to TEEX anti-terrorism drills taking place in Tyler, TX on July 6-7.

7/9/2005

Texas Task Force 1 deploys for Dennis


Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in advance of Hurricane Dennis’ landfall along the Eastern Gulf Coast this weekend. The 28-member Type III team and six support personnel departed College Station at 9:45 a.m. Saturday en route to a staging area in Meridian, Miss. The inland location will allow Texas Task Force 1 to quickly respond to some of the hardest-hit areas along the Gulf Coast.

7/8/2005

TEEX training of London Fire Brigade featured on ABC's Good Morning America


Disaster City™ and the urban search and rescue training offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) were featured in a live segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America” today (July 8). McKee discussed the training TEEX provided to members of the London Fire Brigade to help them prepare and respond to Thursday’s terrorist attacks

7/7/2005

ALERT-London Fire Brigade Trained at Texas-Based Disaster City<sup>TM</SUP>


Urban search and rescue personnel from the London Fire Brigade are relying on training received at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Disaster City<sup>TM</SUP> in their response to today’s terrorist attacks.

7/6/2005

39th Annual Spanish Fire School ready to burn


More than 600 Spanish-speaking firefighters from around the world are expected to travel to the Brayton Fire Training Field July 10-15 to extensively train and learn the latest firefighting techniques during the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 39th Annual Spanish Fire Training School.

7/1/2005

Human Patient Simulator featured in San Antonio Express-News


TEEX's human patient simulator -- Charlie -- visited Universal City, Texas, June 28-30 as part of a Weapons of Mass Destruction Medical Operations and Planning course.

6/24/2005

2005 Exploring Conference at TEEX a big hit with future firefighters


Future firefighters from across the nation spent June 20-24 in College Station at the 2005 National Fire/Emergency Services Exploring Conference hosted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). More than 500 teens representing posts in 20 states – from Washington to Florida – participated in competitions and seminars held at TEEX's Brayton Fire Training Field.

6/24/2005

2005 Exploring Conference featured in The Battalion


The 2005 National Fire/Emergency Services Exploring Conference, hosted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service June 20-24 in College Station was featured in an article entitled "TEEX teaches life skills" in <a href="http://www.thebatt.com/media/paper657/news/2005/06/23/News/Teex-Teaches.Life.Skills-958910.shtml">The Battalion</a>.

6/24/2005

2005 Exploring Conference featured in The Eagle


The National Fire/Emergency Services Exploring Conference is featured in an article entitled "Putting dreams to the test" in the June 23, 2005, issue of <a href="http://www.theeagle.com/stories/062305/local_20050623003.php"> The Bryan-College Station Eagle</a>.

6/22/2005

TEEX hosts 2005 National Fire/Emergency Services Exploring Conference


The Texas Engineering Extension Service welcomes the 2005 National Fire/Emergency Services Exploring Conference to Brayton Fire Training Field and College Station this week.

6/17/2005

Three local A&M System members in Top 25 for HUB participation


Eight A&M System members – including the Texas Engineering Extension Service – are listed among the top 25 agencies in the state with the largest percentage of their budgets spent for goods and services through the State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program.

6/16/2005

Future firefighters participate in national Explorers Conference at TEEX


TEEX is helping more than 500 teenagers learn what it takes to be a firefighter as it teams up with Learning for Life to host the 2005 National Fire/Emergency Services Exploring Conference June 20-24 at TEEX’s Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas.

6/16/2005

Senate Committee approves $22 Million for Texas A&M Terrorism Preparedness Center


Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced the committee has approved $22 million for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at Texas A&M.

6/15/2005

Texas Fire Departments urged to participate in Stand Down Day for Safety


TEEX is calling upon all Texas fire departments and personnel to join the national effort in observing the National Firefighter Safety Stand Down Day, Tuesday, June 21.

6/13/2005

TEEX trains evaluators to help Mexican cities improve water quality


TEEX is helping cities in the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Baja California to improve drinking water quality and capacity through training utility administrators to conduct water system evaluations.

6/10/2005

Military firefighters train at Brayton Fire Training Field


A group of military firefighters is undergoing a month-long training session at TEEX's Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.

6/9/2005

TEEX mobile laboratory featured in Chemical & Engineering News


TEEX's mobile water and wastewater testing laboratory is featured in the June issue of <i>Chemical & Engineering News</i>.

6/9/2005

TEEX Central Texas Police Academy graduates 135th class


The Texas Engineering Extension Service is celebrating the 135th graduation ceremony of the Central Texas Police Academy Friday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center located adjacent to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

6/9/2005

TEEX hazmat training featured in The Battalion


TEEX hazmat training is featured in the June 9, 2005, issue of The Battalion.

6/9/2005

East Texas first responders receive TEEX disaster training


TEEX provided disaster training for Longview and Gregg County emergency responders on June 7 at East Texas Regional Airport.

5/31/2005

TEEX co-sponsors 22nd Annual 104(g) Operator Trainer's Conference June 5-8


TEEX and Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 will co-sponsor the 22nd Annual National 104(g) Operator Trainer's Conference June 5-8 in San Antonio.

5/31/2005

Valero Energy Corporation sends 167 firefighters to train at TEEX


Valero Energy Corporation sent 167 firefighters representing 14 of its refineries to TEEX’s Brayton Fire Training Field May 23-25 to learn advanced exterior firefighting and emergency command and control operations.

5/26/2005

NERRTC conducts terrorism exercises in Cooke County


TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center recently conducted disaster exercises for Cooke County.

5/26/2005

TEEX training in Massachusetts prepares responders for WMD emergencies


TEEX's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, recently delivered weapons of mass destruction training for law enforcement officers and school officials in Gloucester County, Mass.

5/23/2005

New Disaster City™ signs set in stone


TEEX's Disaster City™ is sporting new signs at the front and back entrances. The signs are constructed out of actual pieces of rubble.

5/16/2005

House Appropriations Committee approves $20 million in NERRTC funding


U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards announced on May 10 that $20 million has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee for 2006 homeland security training and projects at TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC).

5/12/2005

First canine purchased by TEEX is certified by FEMA


Maggie, the first urban search and rescue canine purchased by TEEX for Texas Task Force 1, was certified May 7 in Virginia as a Type II canine by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

5/4/2005

55 from Scotland respond to Disaster City™


Fifty-five emergency responders from Scotland are participating in a structural collapse course at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Disaster City™ this week, which culminates in an exercise simulating a terrorist incident on May 6.

5/2/2005

Operation Backpack collects nearly 30,000 school supplies for Iraqi children


TEEX employees contributed nearly 30,000 school supply items to Operation Backpack, the kickoff project for the agency's employee volunteer program, Shining Stars Across Texas. To cap National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, TEEX employees donated the supplies for schoolchildren in Tikrit, Iraq.

4/29/2005

TEEX assessment of hydraulic rescue tools will help emergency responders


TEEX coordinated an assessment and validation of hydraulic rescue tools on April 20-21 as part of a national program to evaluate homeland security equipment for emergency responders. The System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders – SAVER – program is a collaborative effort of the Department of Homeland Security and several agencies and components of The Texas A&M University System.

4/29/2005

South Texas economic development professionals attend TEEX course


Economic and workforce development professionals from across South Texas attended the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) 55th Basic Economic Development Course April 3-6 in McAllen. The 24-hour course is the only one of its kind in the state that is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

4/28/2005

New alliance to improve aviation safety


An unprecedented alliance will enhance aviation safety by offering additional training for those who develop and manage aviation safety programs for the government, military and aviation industry. The Aviation Safety Division of the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) has joined forces with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to develop a cooperative training venture.

4/25/2005

Exploding into a new career


Richard Carter, of Glen Parva, U.K., is training for a new career as an unexploded ordnance technician at the Texas Engineering Extension Service.

4/5/2005

Technology inducted into Space Hall of Fame


A textile insulation technology that the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) helped transfer from NASA-sponsored research to consumer products will be inducted into the 2005 Space Technology Hall of Fame on April 7 as part of the 21st National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.

4/5/2005

TEEX unveils new security course to Hilton Hotel


A new course developed by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is helping hotels and other businesses involved in the travel and tourism industry assure the security and safety of the traveling public.

3/30/2005

Texas Task Force 1 to conduct full-scale WMD exercises throughout April


Texas Task Force 1, the state’s elite urban search and rescue team, will respond to mock weapons of mass destruction incidents at Disaster City™ during three Operational Readiness Exercises in April. The exercises are scheduled April 5-7 for the Red Team, April 15-17 for the White Team and April 20-22 for the Blue Team.

3/22/2005

Puerto Rico emergency responders first to graduate under TEEX, Laredo partnership


Thirty-three emergency responders from Puerto Rico are the first to graduate from classes taught at the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center under an innovative agreement between the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the city of Laredo.

3/22/2005

Texas fire and arson investigators meet in Austin


Nearly 300 fire and arson investigators from across the state are attending the 50th annual Texas Fire and Arson Investigators Seminar this week to enhance their technical skills and knowledge in investigating and prosecuting cases of arson.

3/21/2005

TEEX to host National Fire/Emergency Service Exploring Conference


The Texas Engineering Extension Service will host the National Fire/Emergency Service Exploring Conference June 20-24. Up to 1,000 youth from across the nation are expected to attend this year’s conference in College Station.

3/15/2005

Hach donation enhances water and wastewater training


Portable laboratory kits donated to the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) by Hach Company of Loveland, Colo., will enhance water and wastewater training offered by the agency across the state.

3/15/2005

TEEX hosts open training for canine teams from across the nation


Canines and handlers from 11 search and rescue teams across the country honed their rescue skills at Disaster City™ March 12-13 during the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Open Canine Training.

3/11/2005

TEEX Division Director named Alumni Ambassador at A&M - Commerce


David Milligan, a division director with the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will be introduced April 7 as the 2005 Alumni Ambassador for Texas A&M University–Commerce’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Technology.

3/3/2005

Spring Fire Training School Begins Busy Season at Brayton Fire Training Field


An aircraft’s fuselage explodes into flames. Nearly a mile away, first responders strive to contain leaking hazardous materials before they contaminate the nearby city. Firefighters rush into a chemical refinery billowing with smoke. These are only a few of the scenarios firefighters from across Texas will face during the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) 17th Annual Spring Fire Training School March 9-11 at Brayton Fire Training Field.

2/24/2005

Puerto Rico deploys emergency responders to Disaster City™


The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s reputation as one of the world’s premier emergency response training organizations was one of the factors that brought 33 Puerto Rican search and rescue specialists to Disaster City™ Feb. 21-March 4 for structural collapse incident rescue training.

2/23/2005

Nearly 300 attend Texas Fire Officer Symposium in College Station


More than 280 fire chiefs and fire department officers from across the state are attending the Texas Fire Officer Symposium in College Station this week. The symposium, sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, has drawn officers from paid, volunteer and combination fire departments of all sizes.

2/18/2005

Shahan named Outstanding Woman in Texas Government


Sue Shahan of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has been named one of the 2005 Outstanding Women in Texas Government, an award which recognizes women who have helped shape Texas by contributing their talents and skills to state service.

2/18/2005

South Carolina Task Force trains at Disaster City™


The Texas Engineering Extension Service is training 43 emergency responders from South Carolina Task Force 1 at Disaster City™, Feb. 14-21, teaching the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform structural collapse incident rescue.

2/11/2005

Emergency responders from Puerto Rico train at TEEX


Seventy emergency responders from Puerto Rico recently completed two-and-a-half weeks of training at TEEX under the auspices of the Puerto Rico Department of Justice homeland security program. The 35 firefighters and 35 police officers attended training at the Brayton Fire Training Field to become certified in hazardous materials response.

2/11/2005

Disaster Canine Workshop held at Disaster City™


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is conducting a Disaster Canine Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 13, at Disaster City™ for urban search and rescue canine handlers.

2/7/2005

Improving water quality is goal of TEEX training in Mexico


TEEX conducted the first of a series of water utility training classes in Spanish Jan. 19-20 for water operators and inspectors in Matamoros, in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. The program is a collaborative effort between TEEX and the Fundacion Mexico-Estados Unidos para la Ciencia and is funded by a $50,000 grant through the EPA Border 2012 project.

1/31/2005

New Alliance to Reduce Injuries among Spanish-speaking Workforce


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has created an unprecedented alliance with other state and national agencies to deliver construction and general industry safety training to the oft-injured Spanish-speaking workforce in Texas.

1/28/2005

Alonzo, May receive Regents Fellows Service Awards


Two TEEX employees have been honored with the prestigious Regents Fellows Service Awards. Deputy Director Dr. Arturo Alonzo and Director of Operations for Homeland Security Bill May received the 2004 award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

1/19/2005

TEEX set to hold first Texas Fire Officer Symposium in College Station


TEEX is sponsoring its first symposium for Texas fire department officers Feb. 21-24 in College Station. The Texas Fire Officer Symposium is for officers from paid, volunteer or combination fire departments.

1/18/2005

FEMA Advanced Canine Evaluation a success


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) hosted 20 canine search and rescue teams representing 10 states during the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Advanced National Disaster Canine Evaluation, Jan. 14-16, at Disaster City. Three canine teams from the TEEX-sponsored Texas Task Force 1 earned FEMA advanced certification.

1/7/2005

Disaster City hosts national FEMA canine evaluation


Canine search and rescue teams from across the country will deploy to Disaster City Jan. 14-16 as the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) hosts the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s prestigious Advanced National Disaster Canine Evaluation.

1/3/2005

Fire extinguisher refill facility at Brayton Fire Field set for February occupancy


The fire extinguisher refill facility at the Brayton Fire Training Field is nearing completion and expected to be fully functional by Feb. 1. The $750,000 renovation is part of a TEEX-wide, $26.6 million capital improvement program.

12/16/2004

National homeland security conference held in College Station


TEEX played a key role in the Department of Homeland Security's National Technology Conference Dec. 8-9 at the George Bush Presidential Conference Center in College Station, which was hosted by Texas A&M Engineering.

12/16/2004

TEEX develops intranet for Central Texas Police Academy


Cadets in TEEX’s Central Texas Police Academy now have access to a state-of-the-art intranet computer system thanks to the efforts of the agency’s Technology and Economic Development Division.

12/14/2004

Eight TEEX employees honored with Distinguished Service Awards


Eight TEEX employees received Distinguished Service Awards on Dec. 14 during Director Robert L. Smith's State of TEEX address. Those honored were Mamie Brewer, Billy Green, Arlisa Hrncir, Howard McCann, Pat Murphy, Mark Posada, Roy Robinson and Stacey Toney.

12/7/2004

TEEXan published in Fire Chief magazine


Robert Moore a private sector program manager with the Texas Engineering Extension Service published an article in the November 2004 issue of Fire Chief magazine.

12/3/2004

TEEX to host statewide disaster canine training


Thirty search and rescue canine teams and 10 additional handlers will take part in the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Disaster Canine Workshop on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Disaster City.

11/24/2004

Search and rescue team returns from flood response


Texas Task Force 1 was demobilized from assisting with statewide flood rescue operations Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 8:30 a.m.

11/23/2004

Robinson makes list of Top 50 Public Works Trendsetters


Roy M. Robinson of the Texas Engineering Extension Service has been named a 2004 Trendsetter by PUBLIC WORKS magazine. The cover story encompassed 50 people and groups who have impacted the public works industry over the past two years.

11/23/2004

Texas Task Force 1 shifts swiftwater rescue operations to Wharton County


Texas Task Force 1, the state's elite search and rescue team, has shifted its swiftwater rescue operations to Wharton County after spending Monday in Comal County and San Antonio.

11/22/2004

Gov. Perry activates Guard helicopters, Texas Task Force 1 to flooded areas


Gov. Rick Perry today authorized activation of three Texas Army National Guard UH-60 helicopters and two 32-member flood rescue strike teams from Texas Task Force 1 for search and rescue operations in Bexar, Comal and Bastrop counties.

11/18/2004

Emergency responders learn Spanish to help prevent injuries, save lives


Emergency responders in Conroe are learning essential Spanish keywords and phrases this week that will help them communicate with local Spanish-speaking citizens in an emergency situation.

11/18/2004

TEEX featured in Texarkana Gazette


The Texarkana Gazette featured the Texas Engineering Extension Service's WMD exercise capabilities in an article on Nov. 17.

11/15/2004

New safety resources developed for telecommunications industry


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has developed a new set of training materials aimed at keeping workers who construct and maintain telecommunications towers safe. The free training aids help workers and employers recognize potential hazards and prevent falls from towers.

11/12/2004

TEEX offers mold assessment and remediation training


TEEX is offering three courses in mold assessment and remediation to help individuals and contractors meet the new Texas Department of State Health Services training requirements. Texas is the first state to regulate businesses conducting mold testing and cleanup.

11/8/2004

TEEX course attracts economic developers from across Texas and nation


Economic and workforce development professionals from across Texas and the nation will attend the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 54th Basic Economic Development Course Nov. 7-10 in College Station. The 24-hour course is the only one of its kind in the state and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

11/5/2004

TEEX completes new police firing range, local agencies benefit


It takes a lot to stop a bullet speeding at 3,000 feet per second. The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has done just that with the agency’s newly rebuilt gun range, located on the Texas A&M University Riverside Campus. The range is steel-fortified with a “bullet trap” device capable of stopping up to a 50-caliber round.

11/2/2004

TEEX to receive $20 million under 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Act


Legislation signed by President Bush in October will provide $20 million in homeland security funds to TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), which trains tens of thousands of emergency workers each year to respond to potential terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

10/22/2004

Eagle Scout builds 'bark barrels' for training Texas Task Force canines


Eagle Scout Trevor Mason of Dallas recently built more than a dozen canine urban search and rescue “bark barrels” for Texas Task Force 1 to use in canine search training.

10/18/2004

TEEX launches BP-sponsored program focusing on LNG firefighter training


TEEX has successfully run its first enhanced training program for international firefighters to learn about fighting liquefied natural gas (LNG) fires.

10/7/2004

Milligan named Division Director of Professional & Regulatory Training


The Texas Engineering Extension Service has selected David Milligan to lead the agency's Professional & Regulatory Training - OSHA Southwest Education Center in Mesquite.

9/30/2004

28th Electric Power Annual School offers training for dangerous occupation


Training electric power technicians, those who must restore power in the wake of hurricanes and other major disasters, is a major focus of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) as it hosts the 28th Electric Power Annual School Oct. 4-7 at the Texas A&M University Riverside Campus.

9/23/2004

Texas Task Force 1 meets Ivan once again, positions personnel, equipment


Gov. Rick Perry today authorized the reactivation of Texas Task Force 1 and the deployment of other state resources as Tropical Storm Ivan threatens the Texas coast.

9/22/2004

TEEX assists in search for missing Border Patrol agents


Four Texas Engineering Extension Service employees have returned from a deployment to Cameron County in South Texas, where they supported a multi-agency search operation for two missing U.S. Customs agents whose boat capsized near the Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios.

9/21/2004

TEEX fire training featured in Amarillo


The Amarillo Globe News featured the Texas Engineering Extension Service's fire training capabilities in two articles on Sept. 20.

9/20/2004

Texas Task Force 1 to return from Ivan's aftermath


Texas Task Force 1 received its demobilization orders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday (9/19/04) after four days of search and rescue missions along the Alabama Gulf Coast in response to Hurricane Ivan. The team is expected to reach its headquarters in College Station late Monday (9/20/04).

9/17/2004

Texas Task Force 1 continues Ivan operations on Gulf Coast


Texas Task Force 1 conducted search operations Friday at a multistory condominium complex in Orange Beach, Ala., that had collapsed from Hurricane Ivan’s fierce winds and storm surge.

9/15/2004

Texas Task Force 1 deployed for Hurricane Ivan


Gov. Rick Perry has approved the deployment of Texas Task Force 1, the state’s elite urban search and rescue team, in preparation of Hurricane Ivan’s landfall along the Gulf Coast.

9/9/2004

Oliver North Hosts “War Stories” from Disaster City


Lt. Col. Oliver North’s weekly Fox News Channel show, “War Stories,” will feature the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Disaster City on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., as part of a profile on how the nation is protecting its homeland.

9/2/2004

Check out the new TEEX Web site


TEEX unveiled a redesign of its Web site (www.teex.com) on Sept. 1 to make it easier for customers and other audiences to learn about the agency and to search and register for a course.

8/31/2004

TEEX Southwest Education Center is No. 1 with OSHA


TEEX Professional & Regulatory Training - OSHA Southwest Education Center was ranked No. 1 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) based on the number of students trained in the past year.

8/26/2004

World Trade Center steel column to go on exhibit


The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library will unveil a section of steel from the World Trade Center towers donated by the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s elite urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 on Sept. 11 as part of the new exhibit <b><i>Commemorating September 11th</b></i>.

8/25/2004

Search-and-rescue canine ready to help protect Texas and the nation


The newest member of the elite urban search and rescue (USAR) team Texas Task Force 1 is only 2 years old but will add new skills to the team’s victim location and recovery capabilities.

8/25/2004

TEEX, Texas Municipal Fire School recognized by state media


Houston and Waco media outlets have recently featured the Texas Municipal Fire School’s 75th Anniversary in their news coverage.

8/23/2004

Abilene Area Fire Control Conference celebrates 50th year


The Abilene Area Fire Control Conference will celebrate its 50th year Aug. 23-24, providing the latest fire control and protection methods available to both volunteer and municipal firefighters in Abilene and the surrounding areas.

8/19/2004

New Leadership Academy trains EMS supervisors


Emergency personnel aspiring to move into management positions now have assistance through Texas’ only Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Leadership Academy, which provides educational opportunities at the basic operations and executive command levels.

8/18/2004

New Mexico Task Force 1 leader joins TEEX, Texas Task Force 1


Former New Mexico Task Force Leader Jeff Saunders has joined the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) as the agency’s new associate director of emergency response and rescue.

8/16/2004

Future Brayton operations complex named in honor of Chief Smith


The future operations complex at the Brayton Fire Training Field was named in honor of long-time division head Henry D. Smith, who led the former Fire Protection Training Division (now Emergency Services Training Institute) from 1957 to 1986.

7/29/2004

75th anniversary celebration of Municipal Fire Training School lights up the night


More than 4,500 people celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Texas Municipal Fire Training School at the Brayton Fire Training Field Wednesday night (July 28). The celebration was the capstone of the weeklong school, which drew more than 2,200 firefighters representing 734 fire departments from every corner of the state and beyond.

7/27/2004

Municipal Fire School celebrates 75th anniversary


Nearly 2,500 firefighters and 500 guest instructors from throughout Texas and the nation are converging at the Brayton Fire Training Field this week for the 75th anniversary of the Texas Municipal Fire Training School. Headlining the weeklong school will be a statewide 75th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, July 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the renowned Brayton Field.

7/22/2004

Industrial Fire School burns for 42nd year


More than 520 firefighters and safety personnel are attending the 42nd Annual Industrial Fire School this week at the Brayton Fire Training Field.

7/22/2004

Senator Cornyn to hold press conference July 25


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will kick off the 75th anniversary of the Texas Municipal Fire Training School at a press conference Sunday, July 25, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at Reed Arena, Room 050. The Municipal Fire Training School is conducted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and is one of the largest fire training programs in the country.

7/21/2004

Central Texas Police Academy adds night classes, begins open enrollment


Training to become a police officer in Central Texas is more readily available with the addition of evening classes at the Central Texas Police Academy, part of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Applications for the evening academy are due Aug. 25, with classes beginning Sept. 6 and ending May 12, 2005. Applications for the fall daytime academy are due Aug. 4, with classes starting on Aug. 16.

7/14/2004

Firefighters honored at Brayton Fire Field memorial service


The names of former Spanish Fire School instructor Jose Curioca and eight other American guest instructors will be etched in stone Wednesday, July 14, along with a moment of silence for the four Venezuelan firefighters who died en route to this year’s 38th Annual Spanish Fire Training School.

7/11/2004

38th Annual Spanish Fire School ready to burn


Spanish-speaking firefighters from 17 countries around the globe are traveling to College Station to spend a week at the Brayton Fire Training Field learning the latest firefighting techniques and procedures at the 38th Annual Spanish Fire Training School. All of the classes are conducted entirely in Spanish.

7/8/2004

Simulation exercises prepare for WMD terrorist attack response


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will begin a computer simulation-supported training course for emergency management personnel July 12, using the latest technology to train emergency responders nationwide for a weapons of mass destruction (WMD)/terrorism incident.

6/28/2004

Texas Task Force 1 to host disaster canine workshops


Not every dog is cut out for search and rescue work. Some may have the heart for the job, but not the physical stamina. Others may be physically equipped, but don’t have the desire to climb on top of a 3-ton rubble pile in search of victims. To help canine search specialists determine if their dog is up to the job, TEEX and Texas Task Force 1 will hold the second 2004 open training day for disaster canines on July 18.

6/25/2004

Lobdell to lead National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center


Harrison “H” Lobdell III has been named division director of the TEEX National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC). He replaces Jim Thyne, who has been promoted to Associate Agency Director.

6/24/2004

Translating OSHA materials into Spanish serves growing customer base


TEEX Professional and Regulatory Training (PRT) is continuing efforts to promote safety for Spanish-speaking construction workers, who suffer three out of five injuries on the job in Texas.

6/23/2004

Scotland collapse response featured Texas reunion


Urban search and rescue specialists from the United Kingdom who responded to the May 11 Stockline Plastics explosion in Glasgow, Scotland, relied on their Texas training in the rescue of nine survivors from the four-story building collapse.

6/22/2004

TEEX featured in International Fire Fighter magazine


TEEX’s outstanding fire training program and Harvie Cheshire, program coordinator for the Emergency Services Training Institute, were featured in the current edition of International Fire Fighter, an England-based publication for the worldwide firefighting industry.

6/9/2004

TEEX courses approved for college credit


Seven TEEX courses have been recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for college-level credit at any of the 900 colleges and universities that recognize ACE recommendations. The courses are eligible for one to five semester hours of college credit at the baccalaureate level.

6/8/2004

Printpack receives OSHA-certified safety training


TEEX-Professional and Regulatory Training (PRT) has begun a groundbreaking safety initiative with Printpack Inc., one of the largest flexible packaging manufacturers in the United States.

6/7/2004

$20 million approved for TEEX homeland security training


U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards announced June 3, 2004, that $20 million has been approved by the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee for 2005 homeland security training and projects at Texas A&M. The $20 million matches 2004 levels, overcoming budget recommendations from the Administration to cut funding to A&M by 62 percent or $12.5 million.

6/4/2004

CareerSafe program to train teen workers statewide


CareerSafe, a unique and interactive online safety training program developed by TEEX - Professional & Regulatory Training, will reach thousands of Texas students through a new grant. Nearly $500,000 of Wagner-Peyser funds have been designated by Gov. Rick Perry’s office to cover the costs for 41,666 Texas high school or college students to complete the 10-hour online occupational safety and health course.

5/27/2004

International Graduation Highlights Texas Task Force 1 Training Partnership


A group of 48 emergency responders from the London Fire Brigade will graduate from a structural collapse course in College Station on May 29, culminating an unparalleled 13-month search and rescue training partnership between the Texas Engineering Extension Service and the United Kingdom.

5/25/2004

Central Texas Police Academy to Graduate 25 Cadets in 132nd Class


The 132nd class of the TEEX Central Texas Police Academy will graduate 25 cadets at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the Bryan Civic Auditorium.

5/24/2004

TEEX Public Safety and Security Offering Free Spanish Course


General Revenue funds will be used to implement delivery of free classes in Intermediate Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals

5/5/2004

TEEX works with Councils of Government to enhance homeland security in Texas


Fifty planners from Texas Area Councils of Government attended a TEEX-sponsored training session in College Station April 13-14 aimed at preparing them to coordinate equipment acquisitions under the State Homeland Security Grant Program.

4/26/2004

TEEX helps prepare public health workers for bioterrorism incident


A unique training program is preparing public health workers, physicians, hospital administrators and emergency responders to effectively respond to a bioterrorism incident. The Texas Training Initiative for Emergency Response (T-TIER), which began in 2003, is the first program of its kind in the state. The weeklong course is offered by the School of Rural Public Health, part of the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, through a partnership with TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.

4/16/2004

Low-cost, behind-the-wheel bus driver training offered to school districts


TEEX is offering tuition assistance to school districts so they can send their school transportation trainers to comprehensive, behind-the-wheel school bus driver safety training. In addition to the 30-hour train-the-trainer course, participants will also receive an eight-hour course in Child Passenger Safety Training for School Buses, which deals with transporting preschool-age children.

4/2/2004

Operators of small water systems benefit from mobile TEEX training


For the next six months, water utility workers in 10 Texas cities in sparsely populated areas will have a chance to receive low-cost, state-of-the-art training in water and wastewater management through a Water Utility Outreach Program.

3/26/2004

Brayton Fire Training Field to Receive Facility Upgrades


The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today approved a $21.2 million infrastructure upgrade for the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Brayton Fire Training Field, ensuring that the renowned facility maintains its status as the world’s top fire and rescue training location.

3/24/2004

TEEX assists with national defense exercise


TEEX participated in Unified Defense ’04 (UD-04), a national terrorism and weapons of mass destruction exercise sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Feb. 19-20.

3/22/2004

TEEX teams up with Texas Forest Service to train rural volunteer firefighters


A partnership between TEEX and the Texas Forest Service provided free tuition to 129 rural Texas volunteer firefighters from 38 departments to attend the 16th Annual Spring Fire Training School, which was held Feb. 29 through March 5 at the Brayton Fire Training Field.

2/23/2004

Oil and gas industry works with OSHA to improve worker safety


A unique program aimed at improving the safety of workers in the oil and gas fields of the Permian Basin is fostering cooperation between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the oil and gas industry.

2/23/2004

‘Xtreme Training’ program recognized for helping students


TEEX’s “Xtreme Training for Lifetime Careers” program recently received recognition from state Rep. Carlos Uresti of Bexar County for its contributions to the students of the Southside Independent School District and the greater Southside community in San Antonio.

2/20/2004

Perez fulfills his dream by attending the TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy


As he was growing up, Albert Perez, 24, always dreamed of being a firefighter, but thought that he would never have the opportunity to fulfill his dream. But his experience working at the Brayton Fire Training Field led him to enter the TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy, and now he's a certified firefighter.

2/18/2004

McKee named Director of Emergency Response & Rescue


J. Robert “Bob” McKee has been promoted to director of emergency response and rescue for TEEX and Texas Task Force One (TX-TF1).

2/18/2004

TEEX works with Department of Health to make Texas safer


Texas is a safer place today compared to 2001, because of the state’s ability to communicate threat, says Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who has singled out efforts by TEEX and the Texas Department of Health.

2/16/2004

San Antonio, Mesquite programs have new names


TEEX programs in San Antonio and Mesquite have changed their names to reflect changes in program scope and markets. Programs in San Antonio, located at the HemisFair Plaza and on South Presa, are now one entity, known as Applied Technology (AT).<p> The training operations in Mesquite, which encompass the former North Texas Regional Training Center and OSHA Southwest Education Center, are now known as Professional & Regulatory Training (PRT).

2/9/2004

First Brigade Combat Team graduates from TEEX-OSHA Army Safety Program


The first Brigade Combat Team intern class graduated last fall from the TEEX-OSHA Army Safety and Occupational Health Career Program at the Army Safety Center, Fort Rucker, Ala. The 22 intern and career safety officers are assigned to tactical units at military installations across the U.S. and to overseas locations, including Iraq.

1/30/2004

U.S. Army units come to TEEX for asphalt training


When members of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 90th Regional Readiness Command build roads around the world, some of the asphalt crews will be using the skills they learned at TEEX.

1/20/2004

New TEEX logo unveiled


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has a new logo identity. The new logo is red and blue on a white background and incorporates the words: Train?Serve?Respond. <p> “The updated design is a more contemporary image, but keeps the essence of the previous TEEX logo intact,” said Communications Director Jason Cook.

1/15/2004

Barrett receives Regents Fellows Service Award


Pat Barrett, program manager with the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI), has won the prestigious Regents Fellows Service Award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

1/6/2004

NIneteen graduate from first TEEX EMT-paramedic course


Fifteen Bryan and College Station Fire Department personnel were among 19 graduates from the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s first emergency medical technician-paramedic course.

11/21/2003

TEEX presents seven Distinguished Service Awards


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) presented Distinguished Service Awards to seven employees on Thursday (Nov. 20) during the agency’s annual “State of TEEX” address in College Station.

11/12/2003

Cranor honored as Instructor of the Year


Dr. Ben Cranor, program manager with TEEX-OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center, was honored as the 2003 Instructor of the Year by the U.S. Army Safety Center.

11/3/2003

New name, new leadership for TEEX Public Safety & Security


The former TEEX Law Enforcement and Security Training Division has been renamed Public Safety & Security (PS&S) as it moves toward attracting a wider audience for its training programs. The division is reorganizing under the new leadership of Tom Shehan. The TEEX Basic Peace Officer Academy has also been renamed the Central Texas Police Academy to more accurately reflect the regional nature of the program.

11/3/2003

Shehan tapped to lead Public Safety & Security


Tom Shehan is the new director of TEEX Public Safety & Security, formerly the Law Enforcement & Security Training Division.

10/31/2003

ESTI takes firefighter training on the road


Becoming a Texas volunteer firefighter is harder work than most people assume. Many volunteers have full-time jobs and families to care for outside of firefighting. To reach out to those firefighters, the Emergency Services Training Institute offers extension classes and area schools where the roles are reversed and the instructors go to the students.

10/27/2003

Cook joins TEEX as Communications Director


Though he comes to TEEX from Birmingham, Ala., Jason Cook is no stranger to the state of Texas, Texas A&M University and Bryan-College Station. The new communications director for TEEX grew up in Southeast Texas and married into a family full of Aggies. He is excited about returning to his Texas roots.

10/20/2003

TEEX joins forces with Phoenix Fire Department


To assist emergency response supervisory personnel to more effectively manage incidents, the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) and TEEX have teamed up with the Phoenix Fire Department to offer a unique Incident Command System (ICS) training program.

10/20/2003

Video trains road workers about regulations


In an effort to educate roadway workers about the rules and regulations of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, TEEX’s Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute (EUPWTI) has created a new tort liability video, which demonstrates the importance of following state regulations regarding traffic flow and work zones.

10/18/2003

Eastman Chemical Co. donates project to TEEX


Eastman Chemical Co. has recently contributed a new LPG Response Management project located near the marine training section of the Brayton Fire Training Field.

10/14/2003

Governor appoints Parker to advisory committee


Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Billy Parker, program supervisor with TEEX Urban Search and Rescue, to the Emergency Medical First Responders Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee. The award will be given in memory of firefighters, peace officers and emergency medical first responders killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty.

10/9/2003

CareerSafe online starts strong


CareerSafe online, a first-of-its-kind program, was developed by TEEX-OSHA Training Institute and is promoted in alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the national office of SkillsUSA, an organization with more than 240,000 secondary and post-secondary student members across the country.

10/8/2003

Alamo Community College District announces alliance with TEEX


The Alamo Community College District and the Texas Engineering Extension Service signed an agreement forming an unprecedented alliance between the two largst providers of workforce training in the Alamo region. This alliance provides Alamo region employers with direct, one-stop access to one of the most comprehensive menus of job training, education and workforce training in the country.

10/6/2003

TEEX joins effort in dropout prevention program


This summer TEEX joined forces with the city of San Antonio and the Alamo Community College District to provide Xtreme Training for at-risk kids, giving them the opportunity to learn a marketable trade and stay in school.

9/30/2003

Thyne leads national terrorism training center


Jim Thyne has been named director of the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC).

9/19/2003

Gray named director of institute


Dan Gray was named the director of the Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute, effective Sept. 1.

9/17/2003

Expert on chemical weapons speaks at TEEX


Frederick R. Sidell, M.D., a noted expert on treating casualties of chemical attacks, spoke to TEEX instructors and others who train emergency medical personnel to treat victims of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

9/15/2003

TEEX helps keep volunteer fire departments pumping


Volunteer fire departments from across the state benefited from a pump maintenance course offered this summer by the Emergency Services Training Institute’s (ESTI) Annual Texas Fire Training Schools.

9/9/2003

TEEX opens Austin office


TEEX opened a new office in Austin at 3415 Greystone Drive. The office houses the Austin-based Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) staff among others.

9/2/2003

Chism helps keep Texas roadways safe


J.W. Chism travels thousands of miles of Texas roadways every year to promote the Texas Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The state and federally funded program helps counties and municipalities with low budgets get quality training, with the goal of keeping Texas roads safe and properly maintained.

8/22/2003

Texas A&M students tackle real-world telecommunications problems


Texas A&M University and TEEX have teamed up to give some graduating seniors a taste of real-world engineering problems. For the past two years, Scott Biocic, program manager of the Telecommunications Training Program, has supervised a senior engineering project for students from the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution.

8/19/2003

TMAC awarded grant renewal


The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), part of the TEEX Technology and Economic Development Division, recently received a grant renewal of $5.77 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

8/11/2003

Thousands battle the flames at Annual Fire Schools


The 2003 Annual Fire Schools drew more than 3,278 students and 846 guest instructors to College Station and Brayton Fire Training Field, the largest training field in the country. Students came from all over the state and nation along with 26 different countries.

8/8/2003

Visit to Brayton Field makes child's wish come true


For 6-year-old Garret Lyon, his dream is to be a firefighter. With the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteers and TEEX, his wish was granted. Garret, who is from Copperas Cove, visited the Brayton Fire Training Field and got the royal firefighter treatment.

8/7/2003

TEEX-OSHA helps educate employers on homeland security


About 300 attendees learned important strategies for protecting America’s workforce during the 2nd Annual OSHA Homeland Security Conference. With the goal of assisting companies in creating safer work environments, the conference brought in 250 organizations and 22 speakers.

8/6/2003

Firefighters rope in $19,000 for burn victims


More than 1,000 attended the 7th annual Texas Fire School Shriner’s Benefit Barrel Race and Team Roping competition on July 22. With 34 barrel racers and 70 team ropers competing, approximately $19,000 was raised for the Shriner’s Hospital for Burned and Crippled Children.

7/18/2003

TEEX announces reorganization, promotes employees


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of the Texas A&M University System, today announced the reorganization of its operational structure. Bill May, who has served as Director of the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) since 1999, has been named Associate Agency Director for Operations. Beth Eby, who has served as Tejeda Center Director since 2000, has been named Center Director and will coordinate the operations and activities of the three TEEX programs located in San Antonio.

7/18/2003

Firefighters trade helmets for cowboy hats to benefit burned children


For 2,000 firefighters, attendance at the Texas Engineering Extension Service's Annual Municipal Fire School is a tradition. Days are filled with training at the 70-acre Brayton Fire Training Field, and nighttime brings much-needed rest. Except for Tuesday (July 22) night, when firefighters trade their bunker gear and helmets for boots and jeans, to rodeo and raise funds to help children with burn injuries.

7/17/2003

National certification available to students completing anti-terrorism defensive operations course


Emergency responders can now earn national ProBoard certification for anti-terrorism training in defensive operations, which is offered through a grant from the Office for Domestic Preparedness of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The course is also eligible for college credit through the Academic Council on Education (ACE).

7/17/2003

Public invited to open house at Brayton Fire Training Field


More than 2,600 firefighters from the state of Texas and all across the country are enrolled in the 74th Municipal Annual School at the Brayton Fire Training Field this week. On Wednesday (July 23), the public is invited to come out and see the unique outdoor classroom these dedicated professionals use.

7/16/2003

U. K. sends firefighters to TEEX for search and rescue training at Disaster City


The temperature was nearly 100 degrees on a typical June day in College Station. But the heat did not deter the firefighters from the United Kingdom from their mission. They were feverishly cutting through concrete and shoring up a passageway in order to rescue a “victim” in a residence at Disaster City. The 24 firefighters traveled here and braved the heat because of the quality of the TEEX urban search and rescue training.

7/15/2003

Spanish-speaking firefighters train at Texas Fire Training School


Six hundred Spanish-speaking firefighters from around the world spent July 6 - 11 in College Station for the Texas Fire Training School's 37th Annual Spanish School.

7/9/2003

Robert L. 'Lanny' Smith named TEEX Director


The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents named Robert L. "Lanny" Smith the director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

7/8/2003

CareerSafe™ aims to reduce on-the-job injuries for teens


Reducing injuries and fatalities among young, entry-level workers is the goal of CareerSafe™, a safety training program developed by the TEEX-OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center. To reach more high school and college students, TEEX-OSHA has built an alliance with the Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA) and SkillsUSA-VICA to deliver the safety initiative to students regionally and nationally.

7/3/2003

TEEX helps distribute homeland security funds


TEEX will be distributing $84.2 million in homeland security funds to over 700 local governments in Texas. The grant money will be used to purchase decontamination equipment, hazmat suits and other equipment that will help support each regional government’s response plan.

7/2/2003

American Public Works Association honors Robinson


The American Public Works Association (APWA) has selected Roy Robinson, program coordinator for the Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute, as the recipient of the national Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education.

6/27/2003

EMS program expands, will offer paramedic training


TEEX will soon begin offering EMT-paramedic certification training,in addition to its Emergency Care Attendant, EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate certifications. Plans are also under way to expand EMS training for maritime and marine shipboard medical personnel and for industrial emergency response teams.

6/26/2003

Program can help organizations lower maintenance costs, improve safety


TEEX has joined forces with David Geaslin to offer “Managing Maintenance: A Self-Financing Method of Lowering the Cost of Maintenance”, a program that can be applied to aircraft, ships, barges, refineries, facilities, buildings and grounds, real estate and more. This program abandons the long-established policy of trying to control maintenance events when they happen by moving to an “Early Detection and Early Intervention” approach.

6/20/2003

Mock disaster prepares Bryan-College Station for terrorism incident


A scenario of disastrous proportions struck Bryan-College Station June 10-12, including a smallpox outbreak and truck and train explosions that blocked major thoroughfares and released a cloud of chemicals into the air. The mock disaster was designed to prepare Bryan, College Station, Brazos County and Texas A&M University emergency managers to respond to the real-life challenge of a terrorist incident involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). TEEX has held similar WMD disaster drills in over two dozen Texas municipalities, major airports in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, and the Port of Houston.

6/20/2003

130th Basic Peace Officer Academy graduates


With 16 weeks of physical and mental police training under their belts, 30 recruits of the 130th TEEX Basic Peace Officer Academy completed the Texas Peace Officer Licensing Exam and attended graduation ceremonies on June 13.

6/20/2003

National Underground Training School held


Forty-eight students from five states attended the National Underground Training School (NUTS), which was held June 2-5 at the Riverside Campus in Bryan.

6/16/2003

Gray named interim division head of institute


Dan Gray, program manager of the Electric Power Employee Development Program, has been named interim division head of the Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute (EUPWTI), effecitve June 6.

6/2/2003

UXO Technician course graduates first international student


Judith Bennett, a civilian member of the Canadian Department of Defense, became the first international student to graduate from the TEEX Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Technician training class. She was one of 14 new UXO Technicians who graduated on May 23.

5/28/2003

TX-TF1 recognized for shuttle recovery efforts


TX-TF1 was recognized by the Texas Senate on May 19. The Senate recognized the task force with a proclamation in appreciation for its assistance with the Shuttle Columbia disaster recovery efforts.

4/30/2003

TEEX & The Home Depot build training partnership that ‘hits the nail on the head’


TEEX and The Home Depot have teamed up to provide training for entry-level employees at seven new Home Depot stores opening statewide this year. The project is funded by a one-year, $487,000 Skills Development grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

4/28/2003

Final candidates for TEEX Director to be presented to Board of Regents


Two finalists for the position of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Director have been selected. They are John W. “Bill” May Jr. and Robert L. “Lanny” Smith.

4/25/2003

TEEX first to certify industrial firefighters to meet national standard


The Emergency Services Training Institute takes safety training very seriously, so when the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) introduced a new training requirement for industrial firefighters, TEEX became the first to offer certification courses to meet the new Standard 1081.

4/24/2003

TEEX launches new web site with e-store


The newly redesigned TEEX web site rolled out April 22, and includes an e-store that allows customers to buy TEEX training manuals and other products online.

4/18/2003

Three semi-finalists for TEEX Director are announced


Three semi-finalists for the position of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Director have been named. They are Jim A. Davis, John W. “Bill” May Jr. and Robert L. “Lanny” Smith. A seven-member search advisory committee comprised of Texas A&M University System representatives selected the semi-finalists.

2/18/2003

TEEX forges partnerships with community colleges


Texas residents who attend TEEX courses may be eligible to receive college credit through new partnerships with community colleges across the state.

2/17/2003

Protecting U.S. water & wastewater systems from terrorism


Since 9-11-01, the heightened public awareness of potential terrorist targets in the U.S. has led to concerns about the vulnerability and security of water and wastewater facilities in this country. In response to those concerns, TEEX is offering the first of four planned Water and Wastewater Security Training Courses.

2/14/2003

TEEX and Sears partner to reduce turnover among automotive technicians


Sears and TEEX partnered in a workforce training grant proposal to address problems with retention and promotion of Level 1 technicians in the Sears Automotive Group. The Texas Workforce Commission funded the program through an APEX (Achieving Performance Excellence) demonstration grant, which, in part, will help the automotive technicians improve their workplace English so they can pass the exams and move up in the organization.

2/14/2003

Student wins COMPTIA award


Kermit Reno, a student in the information technology (IT) program at the Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division, recently won the CompTIA IT Merit Award.

2/12/2003

Members of TX-TF1 assist in shuttle recovery efforts


Nearly 40 members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), the state’s Urban Search & Rescue team administered by TEEX, were deployed to Lufkin, Texas, to assist in the search and recovery of debris from the space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated over Texas on Feb. 1.

2/10/2003

TEEX and CTT+, a winning combination for everyone


Delivering superior workforce training is the core competency of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of The Texas A&M University System. <P> In order to keep performing above average, TEEX realized that it needed more from its instructors than content expertise. It also needed strong instructional delivery skills.

2/10/2003

The Road to Success


It’s been said that the road to success is always under construction, and Cheryl Butler describes her road as going from “Barely-Getting-Along Street” to “Blessing Boulevard.”

2/10/2003

Taking hold of the future


It has been said that our future lies in our hands, and massage therapist, Jennifer Lopez took that to heart.

2/10/2003

Hairs to success


Starting your own business is never easy. You need business know-how, the right location and effective advertising, not to mention start-up money, just to get on track. Tami Holder, a successful hairstylist, found the formula for success through the Microenterprise Development Program.

2/3/2003

8 Members of Texas Task Force 1 assist shuttle search & recovery


Eight members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), the state's Urban Search & Rescue team, have been activated to assist in the search and recovery mission of debris from the space shuttle Columbia.

1/20/2003

Six employees receive Distinguished Service Awards


Six TEEX employees have received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of The Texas A&M University System. The Distinguished Service Award is the agency’s highest honor and was presented during the annual staff conference on Dec. 17, in College Station. The award recognizes employees for their dedication, achievements and concern for quality.

1/13/2003

Bunte named Director of Emergency Services Training Institute


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has named Les Bunte as Director of the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI). Bunte is a 29-year veteran of the Austin Fire Department.

1/10/2003

Texas Task Force 1 makes cover of magazine


Texas Task Force One (TX-TF1) was recently featured on the cover of FireRescue Magazine. An article titled “Disaster Masters” in the December 2002 issue describes in detail the full-scale Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) that the Blue Team conducted last fall at Disaster City in College Station, Texas.

1/6/2003

Bryan Fire Chief credits TEEX with helping him reach career goals


Mike Donoho says he became a firefighter "by accident," but his modesty doesn't belie the hard work, dedication, and training it took to climb to the rank of Fire Chief with the Bryan, Texas, Fire Department.

12/19/2002

ESTI managers attend national fire conference


Emmitsburg, MD – Pat Barrett and Mike Wisby, Program Managers from ESTI, participated in a recent national conference of senior fire training officials. The U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) sponsored a Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE) Conference at its campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, November 3-5, 2002. The USFA is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

12/18/2002

TEEX to deliver cross-border truck driver training


TEEX and Capacitacion y Servicios Profesionales (CASEPRO), of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Republic of Mexico, are partnering to offer a training program beneficial to commercial truck drivers in both the United States and Mexico.

12/12/2002

Madden-Thompson tapped for Regents Fellow Service Award


Teresea Madden-Thompson, director of the TEEX Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute - Southwest Education Center, has received the Regents Fellow Service Award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Madden-Thompson, who joined TEEX in 1995, was recognized for her efforts to generate new jobs, make citizens more employable and save lives.

12/6/2002

New phase of successful computer training program for teachers


Last summer, 52 secondary teachers received specialized computer training through a collaborative program coordinated by TEEX in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA). The initial Teacher Technology Training Camp (T3C) program was so successful that two additional classes have been scheduled.

11/27/2002

TEEX-OSHA and Weatherford International team up to ‘train the right people’


When it comes to workplace safety, the secret to success is getting the message to the right people. That’s the secret that Weatherford International, Inc., has discovered. Through TEEX-OSHA, the company has trained about 250 district managers, supervisors and safety officers in four states.

11/25/2002

Small manufacturers key to local economy, national defense


Small Texas manufacturers are playing a big role in boosting local economies and contributing to national defense. They’re doing it more efficiently and cost-effectively, through TMAC: the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, a program of the Technology and Economy Development Division.

11/21/2002

Economic Development Course reaches milestone


The Basic Economic Development Course reached a historical milestone in November—when TEEX delivered the 50th course. TEEX conducted the first Economic Development Course in 1967, and it was the first educational course accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

10/10/2002

Charlie, the human patient simulator, helps train personnel to treat victims of terrorism


Charlie is not an official TEEX instructor, but he has traveled to over 30 states and helped train more than 1,800 first responders and emergency personnel to recognize the presence of chemical and biological agents and treat victims of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents.

10/10/2002

New WMD EMS simulators arrive at ESTI


The WMD EMS staff at TEEX recently welcomed a new addition to their instructional team. The latest version of "Charlie," the Human Patient Simulator (HPS), and his pediatric counterpart will soon be incorporated into the WMD EMS instructional program. The addition of 5 new simulators as well as an upgrade to the three existing units will provide TEEX with the ability to conduct up to six classes weekly, while still maintaining reserve for shipping and routine maintenance.

10/4/2002

Students get real world training & help McAllen residents


Students in a TEEX heavy equipment operator’s training course got some real-world experience while helping their neighbors in McAllen. They performed a public service project in a colonias area of the city, where the residents wanted to hook up to city sewer lines, but those lines did not reach their community. The TEEX students assisted them by digging trenches and helping them install sewer pipe along three streets.

10/3/2002

Texas Task Force 1 activated to prepare for Hurricane Lili


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), administered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), was activated by the Texas Department of Public Safety - Division of Emergency Management to conduct safe and effective search and rescue operations along the upper Texas coast impacted by Hurricane Lili.

9/30/2002

Morley named TEEX Interim Director


Tom V. Morley has been named Interim Director of TEEX. Morley joined TEEX in 2000 and is currently Director of the Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute and Division Head of Law Enforcement and Security Training.

9/30/2002

Bennett named Engineering Dean, Vice Chancellor


TEEX Director Dr. G. Kemble Bennett has been selected to serve as vice chancellor of engineering for The Texas A&M University System, dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).

9/25/2002

Beaumont tackles associate director role with enthusiasm


Penny Beaumont has joined TEEX as associate director for Policy and Governmental Relations. She will work half-time for TEEX and half-time for the Texas Transportation Institute.

9/9/2002

Texas Task Force 1 conducts full-scale WMD exercise


Images of rescuers responding to the devastation of Sept. 11th continue to appear throughout the American media. How does an emergency responder prepare to answer that kind of call? In a word: training. That's why Texas Task Force 1 conducted a full-scale “Operational Readiness Exercise” involving weapons of mass destruction Sept. 5-6 in College Station, Texas.

9/3/2002

TEEX and Western Kazakhstan State University discuss long-term arrangement


When two TEEX instructors trained firefighters in Kazakhstan in July, it was just the first step in what could become a long-term association between TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) and Western Kazakhstan State University.

8/22/2002

Employers learn how to protect workplaces against threat of terrorism


More than 300 participants from 150 corporations and organizations met in Arlington, Texas, July 30-31, to learn how to protect their businesses and their employees from the threat of terrorism. At a conference sponsored by TEEX-OSHA Training Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor, participants learned about developing and using emergency action plans and how to incorporate security measures into process safety management.

8/15/2002

West Texas Center to close in August


The West Texas Regional Training Center (WTRTC) in Abilene will close at the end of August.

8/12/2002

Knowledge Engineering Center helps divisions with Web design, curriculum


Increasingly, TEEX divisions and instructors are turning to the Knowledge Engineering Center (KEC) to help them reach their customers via the Web, to help them develop online courses or “virtual” classrooms, or even to help develop traditional curriculum. Based in the TEEX Technology and Economic Development Division, KEC offers a variety of information technology (IT) products and services for training and workforce development.

8/9/2002

Climbing the pole to success: Electric power apprentices get grounded in fundamentals


Apprentices with Irby Construction Co. get their technical training and hands-on practice at the electric power overhead training field at Riverside Campus. There are 160 Irby employees in the four-year electric power apprenticeship program, which is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor.

8/2/2002

Over 4,200 take the heat at Annual Fire Schools


The 2002 Annual Fire Schools drew more than 4,200 students and guest instructors to College Station to the largest fire training field in the country. Students came from all over the state and nation, as well as from Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Four week-long schools were held between July 7 and Aug. 2.

8/1/2002

Skills Development grant aimed at filling math, science teacher vacancies


TEEX is collaborating with Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi on a unique program funded by the Texas Workforce Commission and aimed at helping to fill the shortage of qualified math and science school teachers in Texas.

8/1/2002

TEEX gets behind the wheel to help solve bus driver shortage


Like 90 percent of the nation’s school districts, Corpus Christi Independent School District has been plagued by a shortage of qualified school bus drivers. But thanks to a new TEEX program, 20 people recruited by the Coastal Bend Workforce Development Board have been through 144 hours of intensive training and are now successfully employed as school bus drivers.

7/23/2002

Realistic training is goal of new aircraft rescue and firefighting prop


Airport safety is a major concern, and at TEEX, providing the most realistic training possible to airport rescue firefighters has never been more important. A new $250,000 aircraft rescue and firefighting prop at Brayton Fire Field in College Station gives aircraft rescue firefighters the opportunity to fight real fires, not simulated propane fires, says Harvie Cheshire, program coordinator with the TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute.

7/19/2002

DFW Airport undergoes WMD drill


More than 250 Dallas/Fort Worth Airport police, firefighters and paramedics worked with state and federal disaster planners to successfully complete a three-day drill in June that involved simulated terrorist attacks and mass casualty evacuations. DFW is the nation’s 3rd busiest airport and was the first major U.S. airport to conduct a weapons of mass destruction consequence management drill.

7/16/2002

ESTI Updates Fire Officer Courses to Include WMD Information


Fire Officer III and IV curricula integrated information about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) emergency response beginning in January, 2002.

7/16/2002

ESTI Recruit Academy graduate becomes Acting Fire Chief


Mike Donoho says he became a firefighter “by accident,” but his modesty doesn’t belie the hard work, dedication and training it took to climb to the rank of acting fire chief with the Bryan Fire Department.

7/16/2002

Garcia faces his toughest audience yet–schoolchildren


When Jesse Garcia hits the road these days, the safety of 40 schoolchildren is riding on his TEEX training.

7/15/2002

Seventeen former firefighters honored at TEEX Fire School


The names of 17 former firefighters will be added to the 227 already listed on the two-year-old Memorial on the grounds of the world-renown Brayton Fireman Training Field in College Station, Texas.

7/12/2002

At-risk students learn and earn this summer


This summer, an innovative program in San Antonio is teaching economically disadvantaged high school students to learn web site design and development while giving college students an opportunity to manage a team. The end product of their collaboration will provide local small businesses with web sites.

7/11/2002

600 Spanish-speaking firefighters attend TEEX fire training school


More than 600 Spanish-speaking students from 15 countries are spending the week in College Station to attend the Texas Fire Training School’s 36th Annual Spanish School conducted by the Emergency Services Training Institute of TEEX.

7/10/2002

Texas Task Force 1 assists in Central Texas flood rescue


About 58 members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) spent five days on active duty assisting flood victims in Central Texas, following heavy rains and flooding in early July. The TX-TF1 Flood Rescue Strike Team utilized inflatable rescue boats and H-60 Blackhawk helicopters in Uvalde, Bandera, Seguin, and New Braunfels to rescue 28 flood victims, evacuate 58 residents and 12 animals, and transport seven injured victims to the hospital.

7/1/2002

Training is essential for underwater rescue and recovery mission


Proper training for rescue and recovery divers is vital for communities with waterwakes or lakes, so divers can effectively respond to incidents such as the September bridge collapse at Port Isabel. TEEX’s new Emergency Services Diver class helps to better prepare those who pursue this dangerous occupation.

6/21/2002

Texas Task Force 1 receives esteemed British Medal


Great Britain has bestowed the PDSA Dickin Medal for gallantry to the 300 dogs who assisted in the rescue missions at the Pentagon and World Trade Center. The TEEX-administered Texas Task Force 1 utilized four canines during its nine days at Ground Zero and has been included in the award. The PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest honor Britain can bestow on any animal in a time of conflict or in the face of danger.

6/20/2002

TEEX is largest trainer for DOD fire services


The U.S. Department of Defense had a problem: military firefighters needed certification for advancement, but not a single training facility offered courses meeting the requirements for chief fire officer certification. Then TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute stepped in and developed Fire Officer III and IV courses for military firefighters, and remains the largest external training organization for fire and emergency services for the Department of Defense. More than 700 students have received certification.

6/14/2002

Test Burns Conducted on ESTI's new ARFF Prop


Test burns were conducted on ESTI's newest prop, the large-scale ARFF project.

6/10/2002

When disaster strikes: Public Works must keep critical services running


They may not make the evening news, but in any disaster, public works personnel are working behind the scenes to assist emergency responders and trying to keep critical public services running. They are a vital part of the emergency response team.<p> "During a crisis or disaster, public works must keep critical services functioning and in place for people who need them," says TEEX program coordinator Roy Robinson.

6/7/2002

Teachers go to summer camp for computer training


One hundred high school teachers from 23 Texas school districts will receive free computer training this summer through a unique program aimed at increasing the number of industry-certified IT teachers in the state. The pilot program is a joint project of TEEX, Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA) and the Texas Workforce Commission.

6/7/2002

TEEX initiative is taking OSHA safety training into Texas high schools


TEEX-OSHA is partnering with the Texas Industrial Vocational Association to introduce safety and health training into the public school system. A pilot project to train vocational instructors as OSHA construction outreach safety and health trainers will be conducted July 16-19, 2002, in Dallas.

6/3/2002

Governor Rick Perry visits TEEX exercise


Texas Governor Rick Perry visited a Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Incident Response Exercise involving the Port of Houston and Harris County in May. TEEX / NERRTC custom-designed and conducted the exercise for the Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Domestic Preparedness Program.

5/29/2002

Basic SWAT class emphasizes team-building and physical conditioning


Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams aren’t built in a day—but they can be built in a week. That’s what 25 graduates of a Basic SWAT class held at TEEX discovered.

5/20/2002

TEEX offers certification program for safety and health officials


A national certification program leading to the designation of Certified Safety and Health Official was introduced by TEEX-OSHA in March 2002, and requires a minimum of 220 hours of safety and health classroom training. Participants must complete six core courses and two elective courses in their chosen concentration, either construction industry or general industry.

5/17/2002

MCTTC unveils Medical Device Initiative Web Site


A new database-driven web site is providing easy access to information about licensable medical technologies and opportunities for NASA industry partners. The web site was developed by the Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC), in cooperation with NASA Johnson Space Center.

5/15/2002

West Texas A&M, TEEX collaborate to offer on-line courses for emergency personnel


Firefighters and other emergency personnel can complete a college degree over the Internet. West Texas A&M University is offering on-line courses that will allow emergency services personnel to complete a bachelor of arts and science degree in Fire Management Administration.

5/15/2002

US Air Force Academy Hosts ESTI's SORC Class


US Air Force Academy Hosts ESTI's SORC Class

5/15/2002

Charlie Makes Debut at Noble Training Center


Charlie Makes Debut at USPHS Noble Training Center

4/24/2002

Tejeda Center opens regional office in Mercedes


The Frank M. Tejeda Center for Excellence in Environmental Operations, a state agency that helps communities improve city services involving water and wastewater, has opened a new office in the Lower Valley region of Texas, to better serve citizens and city leaders on both sides of the United States and Mexico border.

4/22/2002

Smaller manufacturers learn to be better, faster, cheaper


The Applied Manufacturing Conference at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, April 28-30, will help manufacturers interested in seeking ways to become better, faster, and cheaper to learn about real-world applications of lean manufacturing techniques, change management, value chain integration, manufacturing cost containment, and other topics.

4/18/2002

Texas Task Force-1 conducts full-scale WMD exercise


Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) is conducting a full-scale “Operational Readiness Exercise” involving WMD April 18 – 20 in College Station, Texas. TX-TF1 is one of 28 teams in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Response System, and one of only six designated to respond to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). This is the first time a FEMA USAR / WMD-designated team has conducted a full-scale exercise involving a WMD component.

4/9/2002

TEEX course helps meet industry shortage of skilled UXO technicians


Skilled technicians who can detect, locate, identify and dispose of unexploded military ordnance are in short supply due to the closure of bases and other Department of Defense sites. Once again TEEX is responding to industry needs for skilled workers. The agency offers the only civilian UXO Technician course certified by the U.S. Department of Defense.

4/4/2002

E-Commerce: TEEX offers online registration and payment


TEEX implemented the Online Payment and Registration System on March 19 to provide a means for TEEX students to search for a course, select a class and pay for that class using a credit card. After receiving confirmation of payment, the student can immediately print a confirmation and receipt.

4/2/2002

Jackie Gorman inducted into San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame


Jackie Gorman, division head of the TEEX Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division, was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame on March 21.

4/1/2002

SFST training reaches officers in Lower Rio Grande Valley


Hildalgo County in the Lower Rio Grande Valley has one of the highest rates of alcohol-related fatalities in Texas. But local law enforcement officers are working with TEEX to address the problem by improving DWI (driving while intoxicated) enforcement. By the end of April 2002, more than 140 officers in the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department will have learned to detect alcohol and drug impairment using the Standardized Field Sobriety Test.

4/1/2002

Saving Lives: TEEX training helps officers get drunk drivers off the road


Over the past three years, TEEX has trained 10,000 law enforcement officers to detect drivers under the influence of alcohol by using a scientifically validated testing procedure called the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST). When used by a trained officer, the test has been shown to be more than 92 percent accurate at detecting drivers whose blood alcohol concentration is higher than the Texas legal limit of .08 percent.

3/28/2002

President Bush thanks Texas Task Force 1


President George W. Bush met with 72 members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) on Thursday, March 28, in Dallas, Texas, to thank them for their contribution to the rescue mission at the World Trade Center.

3/27/2002

Motorists’ safety may depend on training of signal technicians


Their job is vital to traffic safety. They are traffic signal technicians who repair safety equipment at intersections—and TEEX has trained more than 1,000 of them. TEEX has the only hands-on traffic control systems troubleshooting class in the state, and the training is offered to Texas cities and counties at no charge.

3/26/2002

400 respond to simulated terrorism incidents on Texas Gulf Coast


City and county leaders from Galveston, Texas City and Freeport participated in a Weapons of Mass Destruction exercise March 5-7 conducted by TEEX National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center. Close to 400 were involved in the two-day event. The exercise required participants to respond to mock terrorist attacks based on their emergency management plans.

3/18/2002

Classroom on wheels gives students hands-on laboratory experience


TEEX has found a new way to take the training—and the classroom—to the students. A new, one-of-a-kind mobile training lab will take the latest in hands-on water and wastewater testing procedures to municipalities, agencies and companies around the state.

3/1/2002

Training program will boost employment in construction industry


The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has received a $795,110 heavy equipment operator job training grant from the Texas Workforce Skills Development Fund to custom train workers who will fill 542 new or upgraded jobs.

2/12/2002

TEEX-OSHA receives grant to recruit bilingual construction safety trainers


The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded TEEX a $200,000 Susan Harwood grant for a program aimed at recruiting experienced bilingual construction safety trainers to reach non-English-speaking construction workers.

2/12/2002

Tejeda Center garners federal funds, opens three new offices


The Frank M. Tejeda Center for Environmental Excellence has received $1 million in additional funding from the Environmental Protection Agency and opened three new offices along the Texas-Mexico border.

2/11/2002

TED partners with ESTI to offer industrial fire training to small manufacturers


The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), of the TEEX Technology and Economic Development Division, is partnering with the Emergency Services Training Institute to provide industrial fire training to small manufacturers in Texas. Having personnel trained in the areas of firefighting, hazardous materials and rescue operations may literally be the key to survival in an emergency situation.

2/8/2002

TEEX leads program to set up WMD equipment pods


Texas Task Force 1 has teamed up with the Technology and Economic Development Division to improve U.S. capabilities to defend against weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by making sure cities and emergency responders get the equipment they need when they need it. TEEX is working on a project mandated by Congress to set up WMD equipment pods at several strategic locations across the country.

2/7/2002

Pupil & Public Transportation Program expands its mission


The Pupil and Public Transportation Program, which started in 1995 to improve school bus driver safety training, has expanded its mission. The program now includes school bus driver workforce training through the Texas Workforce Commission and a new initiative to train rural and urban transit bus drivers and instructors.

2/1/2002

Texas Task Force 1 called to duty at 2002 Olympics


Texas Task Force 1 will be one of six teams stationed in Salt Lake City at the Winter Olympics as part of a call-out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deployment is a precaution in case of a terrorist attack or large-scale emergency during the Olympic Games. The team will be on duty Feb. 4-12.

1/31/2002

TEEX among first in nation to partner with Microsoft for IT Academy Program


In an ongoing effort to meet the technology workforce demands of the community, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has teamed with Microsoft as part of the new Microsoft® IT Academy Program. TEEX is the only IT Academy in the San Antonio area and becomes one of the first in the nation chosen to deliver this training program.

1/29/2002

95 Texas cities and counties to receive $11.7 million in equipment


Gov. Rick Perry announced Jan. 14 that 95 Texas cities and counties will receive a total of $11.7 million as part of the State Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Domestic Preparedness. TEEX serves as the state administrative agency for the DOJ program, which is designed to improve the response capability of emergency first responders in the event of terrorist use of a weapon of mass destruction.

1/15/2002

TEEX Basic Peace Officer Academy makes the grade -- again


Twenty-one cadets graduated from the 127th TEEX Basic Peace Officer Academy on Dec. 7, and also gained fame as the eighth TEEX class in a row to pass the state licensing exam on the first try.

1/10/2002

Texas Terrorism Preparedness topic of symposium


About 300 state and local emergency managers and coordinators and first reponders gathered Nov. 28-29 in Tyler for the third Texas Terrorism Preparedness Symposium. The symposium was sponsored by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management and TEEX.

1/6/2002

Texas Task Force 1 receives Bureau Chief’s Award


The EMS Bureau Chief's Award from the Texas Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Management was presented to Texas Task Force 1 in recognition of the team’s dedication and achievements.

1/4/2002

Pettyjohn named Regents Fellow by Texas A&M


Jackson “Jack” C. Pettyjohn, business development manager for the Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute of TEEX, has received the Regents Fellow Service Award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

12/20/2001

Seven employees receive Distinguished Service Awards


Seven employees with the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) were honored Dec. 14 at its annual Staff Conference in College Station. The employees received Distinguished Service Awards in recognition of their dedication, enthusiasm, concern for quality and overall excellence.

12/19/2001

Bennett speaks to U.S. Conference of Mayors summit


TEEX Director Dr. Kem Bennett spoke at a special Emergency, Safety and Security Summit held by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24-25, 2001. About 100 mayors from across the nation attended, along with police chiefs, fire chiefs and emergency management officials.

12/4/2001

Dads on Dozers program gives a fresh start to young fathers


Young, non-custodial fathers who are unable to financially support their children have the opportunity to turn their lives around, thanks to the Texas Fragile Families Initiative and a TEEX program called "Dads on Dozers."

12/3/2001

TEEX Basic Peace Officer Academy passes the test


If you want to become a licensed peace officer, TEEX has just the ticket. Every cadet in the past seven classes at TEEX has passed the state licensing exam on the first try. In fact, the TEEX Basic Peace Officer Academy has scored more 100 percent passing rates than any other academy in the state.

11/26/2001

TEEX helps small wastewater treatment plants to achieve, maintain compliance


For nearly 20 years, TEEX has been helping small municipal wastewater treatment plants improve performance and achieve and maintain regulatory compliance through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Operator Outreach Assistance 104g program. The goal of the program is to provide financial, technical, operation and maintenance assistance to these small treatment plants through free, on-site operator training.

11/12/2001

NATO group visits TEEX training programs, facilities


For the first time in its 12-year history, the Crash Firefighting and Rescue Working Group (CFRWG) of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) convened outside of Europe and met in College Station. Its attraction to the small Texas city: the world-class training program and facilities of TEEX.

11/9/2001

TEEX partners with oil and gas industry to improve worker safety


The TEEX-OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center, along with Devon Energy Corp., held the first advanced oil and gas safety course for OSHA compliance officers. The goal of the program was to get OSHA inspectors and the oil and gas industry to work together to lower the injury, illness and fatality rates.

10/5/2001

Texas Task Force One returns safely from mission at 'Ground Zero'


A somber and thankful group of Texas Task Force One team members returned home Sept. 26 from their search and recovery mission at the site of the World Trade Center.<p> “It was the toughest challenge we’ve ever faced,” said TEEX Director Dr. Kem Bennett. “There was just awesome destruction."

10/2/2001

Group will coordinate TEEX workforce development efforts


A TEEX Workforce Services Group (WSG) has been formed to coordinate and facilitate the agency’s workforce development efforts. Under the direction of Bob Prock, the group will identify statewide funding opportunities and work with specific workforce development boards across the state to develop contracts for TEEX training services.

9/28/2001

FEMA selects task force to respond to WMD incidents


Texas Task Force One (TX-TF1), the statewide urban search and rescue team sponsored by TEEX, is one of six teams picked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

9/18/2001

Texas Task Force 1 arrives at site of World Trade Center


Texas Task Force 1, the Urban Search and Rescue response team sponsored by TEEX, has arrived in New York City and will start assisting in rescue and recovery efforts Wednesday (Sept. 18) at the World Trade Center.<

9/14/2001

Texas Task Force One joins rescue and recovery efforts at World Trade Center


Texas Task Force One, the urban search and rescue team sponsored by TEEX, is heading to New York City to assist in rescue and recovery efforts at the site of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The team was called out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that left thousands dead or missing.

9/11/2001

FEMA calls on Texas rescue task force to assist in World Trade Center search


Texas Task Force 1, the Urban Search and Rescue response team headquartered at Texas A&M, was activated today (Sept. 11) and will be sent to assist rescue operations at the World Trade Center in New York City.

9/6/2001

TEEX, OSHA Training Institute first to offer construction safety classes in Spanish


TEEX’s OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center offered the nation’s first Spanish-based Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry. The course was developed in response to statistics showing that Hispanic workers in Texas suffer most of the injuries on the job and more than half of the work-related fatalities.

8/31/2001

TEEX partners with Fort Worth ISD to train high school students


TEEX and the Fort Worth Independent School District are breaking ground with a new program that trains high school students for careers in the highway construction industry. The pilot program is the only high school highway construction program ever funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, officials said. Twelve students completed the pilot course, which was conducted at TEEX’s heavy equipment training field at Eagle Mountain Lake, during the 2000-2001 school year. Fourteen students have enrolled for the 2001-2002 school year.

8/30/2001

CAAT blazes a trail to South Texas to offer training


TEEX's Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division headed south to Corpus Christi, Odem and Kingsville this summer at the invitation of the Coastal Bend Workforce Development Board. When summer was over, CAAT instructors had helped 63 students acquire the technical skills they need for jobs with good salaries.

8/27/2001

TEEX takes customer service to new heights


When an international wireless billing company announced it would be hiring 600 to 800 employees to staff its new call center in Laredo, the local Workforce Development Board turned to TEEX for help. In just one month, the Technology and Economic Development Division rolled out a 144-hour course for “customer service representatives.” It’s another example of TEEX developing customized training to meet an industry need, said Dr. Trina Smith, who is managing the project.

8/20/2001

Terrorism Exercise Prepares Government and Civic Leadership


Eco-terrorism. Biological warfare. Weapons of Mass Destruction. These may sound like elements of the latest blockbuster movie, but they're a real threat to public safety.

7/16/2001

TEEX trains at-risk youth in Coastal Bend area


More than 400 South Texas high school students could benefit from TEEX skills training this summer in an innovative program for at-risk youth funded by the Coastal Bend Workforce Development Board.

7/10/2001

Program aimed at youth in foster care


Fifty high school students in foster care spent a week in Kerrville at a Summer Youth Leadership Training Program to help prepare them for independent living, thanks to a joint initiative of TEEX and Texas SkillsUSA-VICA.

7/6/2001

Computer-based health care training saves time


TEEX has teamed up with HealthStream to provide customized health care and hospice compliance training programs to employees of hospitals and other health care organizations. Since the program began in 1998, the training has reached more than 6,000 health care workers at 41 health care facilities.

6/27/2001

Loan program offers start-up capital for small businesses


A unique loan program offers some Texans an opportunity to get off public assistance by starting their own businesses. The Microenterprise Loan Development Program provides start-up capital of $500 to $3,000 to qualified applicants who are current or former recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

6/22/2001

TX-TF1 Swift Water Rescue Strike Team takes Houston by Storm


Just one week after its first full-scale training exercise, the Swift Water Rescue Strike Team used its training to rescue more than 1,100 Houstonians trapped by rising flood waters in the wake of Tropical Storm Allison.<p> The Swift Water Rescue Strike Team, a part of Texas Task Force One (TX-TF1), is the only statewide water rescue team in the nation.

6/18/2001

ExxonMobil recognizes Center for Marine Training and Safety


The Center for Marine Training and Safety played a key role in helping a group of ExxonMobil employees become better prepared to handle water emergencies on one of the world’s largest and deepest water platforms. This training was instrumental in helping the customer, ExxonMobil’s Hoover Diana Project, receive the 2001 National Ocean Industries Association Safety at Seas Award.

6/15/2001

National Underground Training School held June 4-7


The National Underground Training School (NUTS) was held June 4-7 at the Riverside Campus in Bryan.

5/30/2001

TEEX sponsors Texas SkillsUSA-VICA


When more than 4,000 high school students gathered in Forth Worth in April for the Texas SkillsUSA-VICA Championships, TEEX was there. As a sponsor of Texas SkillsUSA-VICA, TEEX is supporting the state’s future business, industry and community leaders. Like TEEX, SkillsUSA-VICA believes in the value of skilled employees and their training.

5/15/2001

Partnership bridges barriers between welfare dependency, full-time employment


A new partnership between TEEX’s Houston Skills Center and the Houston READ Commission is bridging the barriers between people dependent on welfare and long-term, self-sufficient employment. The joint literacy and workforce training pilot program was implemented in November 2000, and 24 of the first 26 students completed their GED and moved on to full-time technical training. A second group of 25 students entered the program on April 23.

5/3/2001

TX-TF1 on nationwide call-out rotation


Texas Task Force One has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be on the national rotation for call-out. Each month, three of the 28 task forces in the national system, one from each division, are on call to be first out in case of a national disaster. TX-TF1 will be first out in the nation in October 2001.

4/23/2001

At-risk students, small businesses to benefit from NSF grant


At-risk students and small businesses in San Antonio will be getting a head start on success thanks to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to an education/business partnership headed by the Texas Engineering Extension Service. The two-year grant will be used to provide computer training to at-risk high school students, especially single mothers, in the Edgewood Independent School District. These students will use their training to help develop e-commerce for small businesses located in economically depressed areas of San Antonio.

3/30/2001

NASA renews contract for Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center


NASA has awarded a new contract to TEEX’s Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC), one of the four awarded contracts out of six Regional Technology Transfer Centers (RTTCs). The goal of RTTCs is to help U.S. companies find and use technologies, expertise and facilities at NASA. Some of the services provided to companies in the 14-state mid-continent region include technology commercialization, technology problem-solving, market research and information services.

3/5/2001

CAAT reaccredited by the American Welding Society


American Welding Society (AWS) has reaccredited the Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division as an authorized test facility for welding certification through AWS.<

3/5/2001

Palo Alto College to offer college credit for TEEX information technology classes


Students who want to receive state-of-the-art computer training and earn college credit can do both through a partnership between TEEX and Palo Alto College in San Antonio.

2/5/2001

Houston Center celebrates 4th anniversary


TEEX celebrated the fourth anniversary of the establishment of its Houston Regional Training Center at 2002 Wayside on Oct. 19.

1/23/2001

TMAC Adds Success to Kolder's Schedule


This handy item is manufactured by Kolder, Inc., located in Edinburg, Texas, who manufactures a wide variety of products such as the Kolder Holder beverage insulator, coasters and eyeglass cases made from neoprene wetsuit rubber.

1/5/2001

KellyUSA shows class


TEEX, a partner with the Economic Development Administration's Defense Technology Conversion (EDA-DTC) project, provided much-needed training, free of charge, to employees of companies located at KellyUSA, formerly Kelly Air Force Base, in San Antonio.

12/20/2000

Sea survival training more realistic with HUET


The Center for Marine Training and Safety in Galveston has acquired a new Helicopter Underwater Egress Trainer (HUET). This new generation HUET system offers realistic safety and survival training in underwater egress.

12/20/2000

TEEX employees receive Distinguished Service Awards


Six employees with the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) were honored recently with Distinguished Service Awards for their extra effort, dedication, enthusiasm, concern for quality and overall employee excellence.

12/20/2000

CAAT accredited by Council on Occupational Education


The Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division (CAAT) of TEEX was recently accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). This accreditation is testimony to the quality programs and high-caliber staff associated with CAAT.

12/20/2000

Workforce Commission presents grants to TEEX


The executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission presented TEEX with "checks" for three grants totaling $1,043,070. The three grants presented to TEEX are provided through TWC's Skills Development and Self-Sufficiency Funds.

12/20/2000

TEEX offers heavy equipment operator training for John Deere


TEEX has been selected as a satellite training site for John Deere. The heavy equipment operator training program in the Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute is offering a 32-hour equipment operator training program for John Deere clients.

12/19/2000

Participants learn how to do battle against termites


The Texas Engineering Extension Service has joined the fight against one the of state's smallest but most destructive enemies–termites. The Termite Control Training School has been established in cooperation with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M's Department of Entomology and the Texas Pest Control Association.

11/27/2000

Electrical metering school draws 170


Over 170 students participated in October's Annual Electrical Metering Utility School.

11/17/2000

Needham wins environmental award


Dr. Jim Needham and Gretchen Arnold received a Texas Environmental Excellence Award from Gov. George W. Bush and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for their Pollution Prevention Partnership. The partnership involves numerous programs that help educate different groups in the Coastal Bend area on the dangers of pollution and ways to manage it.

11/2/2000

OSHA Offers New Professional Development Courses


The OSHA Education Center has launched a new Professional Development course series, including Behavior-Based Safety, Workplace Violence Prevention and ASP Examination Preparation Workshop.

10/19/2000

OSHA Offers Free Seminar During Construction Safety Month


TEEX's OSHA Ed. Center and the Dallas Area OSHA Office will offer a free "Electrocution" seminar on Wed. Oct. 25, 2000.

10/4/2000

New Flood Rescue Strike Team ready for hurricane season


Texas is the first state to form a statewide flood rescue strike team. The new team is under the umbrella of Texas Task Force 1, following approval by the state Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Board.<p>

9/27/2000

Eby heads Tejeda Center for Excellence in Environmental Operations


Beth Eby has been named the director of the Frank M. Tejeda Center for Excellence in Environmental Operations. The Tejeda Center assists communities along the U.S.-Mexico border in efforts to improve the quality of life by assisting public agencies and strengthening environmental services, such as water and wastewater treatment.

9/8/2000

Texas Task Force 1 receives FEMA designation


Texas Task Force 1, the state's Urban Search and Rescue team, has been accepted into the National Urban Search & Rescue Response System under the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

7/25/2000

TEEX joins NASA in initiative to help minority- and women-owned businesses


Under a NASA contract, TEEX's Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center is offering discounts of up to $2,500 for business, marketing and engineering services provided to minority-owned and women-owned businesses or those in designated Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities.

7/20/2000

Coloring book zaps kids' attention


Zappy the Mouse teaches schoolchildren that "Electricity is nothing to play around with." <i>Zappy's Electrical Safety Coloring Book</i> was developed by TEEX's Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute.

7/18/2000

<I>TechBridge</I> Newsletter Unites Technology, Industry


TechBridge Newsletter, the quarterly newsletter of the Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC), a NASA Regional Technology Transfer Center, and the Mid-Continent Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) features federal technologies ripe for commercialization.

7/18/2000

New Semiconductor Job Aide Hits Market


<I>Semiconductor Nuts and Bolts,</I> the follow on to the popular Semiconductor Pocket Guide with a <I>Semiconductor Acronym Cross-reference,</I> has hit the market.

7/17/2000

Bite-Size Training Offered to Semiconductor Manufacturers


Semiconductor manufacturers can now improve company performance, productivity, safety and quality one employee at a time by enrolling their employees into one- or two-day, open-enrollment classes offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

6/25/2000

TEEX leads effort to draft state strategic plan to combat terrorism


The Texas Engineering Extension Service coordinated a conference of city officials and key emergency response personnel from throughout Texas to draft a statewide strategic plan for combating terrorism. At stake is $2.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice.

6/8/2000

Tyler Steel Triples Capacity


With the assistance of TEEX, through the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), process flow improvements were made at Tyler Steel that have allowed the company to triple the size of the jobs that it was quoting from $1 million to $3 million.

5/30/2000

$2.9 million of counterterrorism equipment at stake in Texas


Statewide personnel will begin deciding which communities will get federal money for counterterrorism equipment during a strategic planning session in College Station May 31 - June 2. The U.S. Department of Justice has allocated more than $2.9 million for equipment to combat terrorism in Texas.

5/12/2000

New initiative links TEEX with career & technology programs in high schools


A new educational initiative is linking the Texas Engineering Extension Service with career and technology teachers and the high school students enrolled in these programs.<p> High school career and technology education programs are a natural match for TEEX training and curriculum materials, but this vast market has been largely untapped, said Dr. Kem Bennett, director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service.

4/28/2000

New rollover machine convinces communities to buckle up


More than half of those killed in vehicle collisions in Texas in 1997 were not wearing safety belts, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. In an effort to convince citizens and municipal workers to buckle up, TEEX uses a "Rollover Convincer" as a graphic demonstration of what happens to unrestrained persons during a vehicle rollover.

4/19/2000

Austin Office relocates


The TEEX Austin Office has moved to 8011 Cameron Road, Building A, Suite 106.

4/7/2000

TX TF-1 assists in search and rescue efforts in wake of Ft. Worth tornado


When a devastating tornado struck downtown Fort Worth last week, Texas Task Force 1 responded to the call for help. The state’s urban search and rescue team, sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, was called out by the state Division of Emergency Management less than 2 hours after tornadoes wreaked destruction in downtown Fort Worth, Arlington and Grand Prairie Tuesday, March 28.

3/23/2000

Asphalt Exposition features latest techniques


The Asphalt Exposition on April 18-19 in San Antonio will feature a one-day seminar and hands-on demonstrations of the latest in products and equipment in the asphalt industry.

3/23/2000

TEEX sponsors Texas Skills USA Championships in Fort Worth


The Texas Engineering Extension Service is a proud sponsor of the Texas Skills USA Championships on April 12-15 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. More than 5,000 high school students and their advisers and parents will attend the annual state contest of the Texas SkillsUSA-VICA. Also attending will be Lt. Gov. Rick Perrty, Texas legislators, TEEX representatives, industry representatives and school administrators.

3/23/2000

Start-up capital available to Choices Program participants


Choices Program participants can now scratch their entrepreneurial itches with loans available from the Microenterprise Loan Development Program. The Choices Program participants can use the loan to start a small business, providing employment and eventually eliminating the need for public assistance.

3/3/2000

TEEX receives grant for health care training


The Texas Engineering Extension Service received a $367,270 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to help create new jobs and upgrade the skills of the Texas health care workforce.

2/16/2000

Energized line maintenance training saves lives


TEEX’s Electric Power Training and Safety Division is one of the few organizations offering energized line maintenance training in its ongoing effort to ensure worker safety. Energized line maintenance is important because it allows high voltage (7000 +) power lines to be repaired without power interruption to hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other public facilities.

2/15/2000

Guerrero credits TEEX with her success as Certified Welding Inspector


Fraces Guerrero, of TEEX's Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division, has successfully completed the certified welding inspector exam, making here the first woman in south Texas to become a CWI.

2/10/2000

TEEX trains displaced workers in New Mexico


Instructors from the TEEX Public Sector Training Division have been training workers in heavy equipment operation as part of a displaced worker program established by Phelps-Dodge, Western New Mexico University and the New Mexico State Department of Labor. More than 400 employees lost their jobs when a copper smelter plant closed.

1/6/2000

TEEX to provide heavy equipment operator training to Hidalgo County residents


Up to 60 Hidalgo County JTPA and Welfare-to-Work clients will receive heavy equipment operator training to prepare them for employment in the construction industry. The program is a joint effort between TEEX and the county of Hidalgo Office of Employment and Training.

12/22/1999

Seven honored at TEEX Staff Conference


Seven employees were received the Distinguished Service Award at the 1999 TEEX Staff Conference. The award is the highest award that any employee can receive from the agency.

12/20/1999

<i>Semiconductor Pocket Guide</i> is successful business and marketing tool


The <i>Semiconductor Pocket Guide</i> developed by Pat Wallace of the Texas Engineering Extension Service has become a successful TEEX marketing tool as well as a useful job aid for employees in the semiconductor industry. The handbook provides basic information about the various processing steps used in the manufacture of semiconductors and an acronym cross reference.

12/17/1999

TEEX partners with Mrs. Baird's Bakery to train maintenance technicians


The Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division of TEEX offered customized, on-site training for maintenance technicians at Mrs. Baird's Bakery in San Antonio. Instructors scheduled classes around the three work shifts at the plant to make the training more convenient for employees.

12/17/1999

1999 TEEX Staff Conference celebrates 80 years of service


TEEX employees from across the state celebrated the agency's 80th anniversary on Dec. 9 at the annual TEEX Staff Conference. Seven employees were honored with the agency's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award.

12/14/1999

TEEX approved by State Board for Educator Certification


The Texas Engineering Extension Service has been approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) as a provider of Continuing Professional Education for teachers, administrators, certified support staff and paraprofessionals.

11/30/1999

TEEX employees assist in search and rescue at Aggie Bonfire site


When the 40-foot Aggie bonfire stack collapsed early on Nov. 18 at Texas A&M University, emergency and rescue workers from College Station and Bryan responded quickly to the scene. TEEX employees who are members of Texas Task Force 1 were called out to assist in the search for Aggies still buried under the pile of logs.

11/29/1999

TEEX becomes managing partner of Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center


The Technology and Economic Development Division of TEEX is playing a larger role in offering low-cost assistance to small manufacturers across Texas. TEEX is serving as the headquarters and managing partner for the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center.

11/1/1999

Seminar Focuses on Lessons Learned<BR>in Littleton, CO


“Littleton, Colorado: Lessons Learned”, a seminar sponsored by the TEEX National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, was held Nov. 1-2, 1999, at the Bush Presidential Library complex.

10/27/1999

Tejeda Center Receives $1 Million from Congress


Congress has designated $1 million for the Frank M. Tejeda Center for Excellence in Environmental Operations to target water and wastewater issues that face the U.S. border region. The center is under the direction of the Texas Engineering Extension Service and will be headquartered in San Antonio.

10/26/1999

$7.7 Million Expansion for<BR>TEEX Training Complex


Emergency responders in the 21st century will benefit from the high-tech training and instructional delivery options available at the new National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Field under construction in College Station.

9/29/1999

School Bus Safety is TEEX Priority


Protecting the 1.2 million Texas schoolchildren who ride school buses is a priority of TEEX's Transportation Training Division. The Texas School Bus Driver Training Schools provide top-notch, behind-the-wheel experience that trainers can incorporate into their school districts' training programs.

9/20/1999

Training tools improve safety in work zones


Directing traffic in a highway construction area is a dangerous job. But the TEEX Transportation Training Division and Communications/CIT have developed unique training tools to teach flaggers the skills they need to stay safe on the job.

8/25/1999

Three gain national instructor certification


Three instructors in TEEX's Electric Power Training and Safety Division have obtained national certification as Certified Technical Trainers.

8/4/1999

TEEX assists with tornado damage assessment


Everything changed in the northeast Texas town of DeKalb when a tornado tore through the downtown on May 4, 1999, injuring 17 and damaging or destroying 130 homes, 40 businesses and several schools. Damages were estimated at $34.8 million.

7/13/1999

TEEX grant providing assistance to defense-dependent companies


A $1 million federal grant has allowed TEEX and Technology Ventures Corp. to help at least 26 defense-dependent companies move from reliance on federal defense contracts to the commercial marketplace.

7/6/1999

Center offers solutions to improve employee performance


The Knowledge Engineering Center (KEC), focuses on providing companies with innovative solutions to improve employee performance, thus improving companies' bottom lines.

6/30/1999

Economic Development Course going strong after 33 years


Forty-six students from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana attended the recent Economic Development Course at Texas A&M. Co-sponsored by the TEEX Development Office and the Texas Economic Development Council, the 40-hour course provides the basics of economic development for employees of cities and organizations.

6/30/1999

OSHA Safety Interns Receive College Credit


TEEX and Texas A&M University-Commerce recently combined resources to extend college credit to students participating in the U.S. Army safety internship program through the OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center. Students completing the 2-year program can receive a master's degree in industrial technology from Texas A&M-Commerce.

6/15/1999

TEEX receives $4 million for<BR>counterterrorism training


TEEX will receive $4 million in congressional funding for its counterterrorism training program beginning Oct. 1, 1999. This award doubles the congressional funding TEEX's National Emergency Response Training Center received last year.

5/28/1999

TEEX develops web-based testing system


The TEEX Center for Instructional Technologies has designed a program that allows instructors to create randomized tests online. The WebKAT (Web-based Knowledge Assesment Tool) instructional tool was developed to assist trainers in designing curriculum and secure testing formats for web-based instruction.

5/7/1999

Spill Management Training Incorporates GIS Technology


TEEX's Center for Marine Training and Safety has incorporated geographic information system (GIS) technology into its training of incident command personnel who manage oil spills and other environmental crises. Besides making computer-based scenarios more realistic, GIS allows participants to map a spill as it spreads.

5/7/1999

Heavy Equipment Operators Trained for Environmental Remediation Projects


Contractors working in environmental remediation and cleanup projects need skilled workers with environmental training, and TEEX is filling the gap. This groundbreaking training program is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and conducted at the McCommas Bluff Landfill in southeast Dallas.

5/7/1999

TEEX receives $3 million to<BR>train first responders


TEEX has received $3 million in federal funding for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC). NERRTC has been designated a national center for training emergency first responders and officials to prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism.

5/6/1999

TMAC partnership helps East Texas businesses


The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) has partnered with the Longview Economic Development Corp. to offer Total Quality Management classes for East Texas businesses. Nineteen team projects in three sessions identified more than $1 million in potential annual savings for their companies.

5/3/1999

Environmental crisis management simulation technology unveiled


TEEX's Center for Marine Training and Safety in Galveston unveiled a unique computer-enhanced, environmental crisis management simulation training system. The system allows marine and petrochemical industry personnel to conduct cost-effective and realistic environmental crisis management scenarios.

4/22/1999

H-E-B Turns to TEEX for Maintenance Technician Training


San Antonio grocery chain H-E-B has partnered with TEEX's Engineering Utilities and Public Works Training Division to conduct its maintenance technician training program.

4/12/1999

Center is first to receive USCG approval for Fast Rescue Boat course


TEEX's Center for Marine Training and Safety in Galveston is the first school in the nation to receive U.S. Coast Guard approval for its Fast Rescue Boat course under new requirements of the Seafarer’s Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) code.

3/24/1999

Anti-terrorism Session in Cedar Rapids, IA


NERRTC visit helps city assess terrorism risk and define response policy in Cedar Rapids

6/28/1998

Disaster Drill


Emergency response center trains against terrorist attacks

5/8/1998

Area to Get Anti-terrorism Center


Facility first of its kind in nation to offer response, rescue training

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