Negotiations are nearing completion on an official training partnership between the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service fire school and Tyco Williams Fire & Hazard Control involving certified industrial emergency curriculum, officials announced at the Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training during May in Beaumont, TX.
Robert Moore, director of the TEEX fire school, made the first public disclosure about the partnership while addressing the Xtreme school’s general session.
“We are always looking for ways to make our school better,” he said. “One of the ways is to partner with companies like Williams Fire that pride themselves on their products, customer service and response.”
Under the agreement, Williams F&HC will deliver training curriculum developed by TEEX, spreading it to students that TEEX might not otherwise reach, he said.
“Also, the knowledge that Williams F&HC can provide helps us upgrade our curriculum and offer a better product to our students,” Moore said.
TEEX training is certified by the Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System, an international accreditation for fire service organizations. Williams F&HC instructors will teach the Pro Board classes approved by TEEX. Students who pass the course they will receive a Pro Board certificate.
“Students will receive Pro Board certification the same as if they had come to TEEX,” Moore said.
Williams F&HC is already working with TEEX on training in Mexico and other places, said Chauncey Naylor, director of training and fire and emergency response for Williams F&HC.
“It’s all about sharing our experience with TEEX while they bring their credentials to us,” he said.
The 22nd annual Xtreme school boasted 165 attendees and another 20-plus guest instructors, Naylor said. At least onethird of the attendees visited from foreign countries, including a contingent from Russia.
The class schedule for this year’s school remained largely the same as has been established in recent years.
“The basics never change,” Naylor said. “We polled the audience and less than a dozen have attended previous Xtreme schools. It’s still a brand new program for most of them.”