For the first time since March, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX-ESTI) is set to return to limited in-person training on Monday, June 15th, 2020.
TEEX-ESTI Division Director Gordon Lohmeyer said the school is excited to welcome students and customers back to Brayton Fire Training Field for face-to-face training.
“We will be observing several safety precautions for our staff and students during this time period to include: drive up / touchless Heath Screening, social distancing while conducting all training activities and wearing of PPE when social distancing cannot be maintained,” Lohmeyer said.
In May, Lohmeyer assumed leadership of the Emergency Services Training Institute, one of six agencies that compose the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. As ESTI division director, Lohmeyer replaces Chief Robert Moore who has accepted the chief operating officer position for TEEX, the parent state agency that offers training programs and technical assistance to public safety workers both in Texas and worldwide.
In action compelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, all Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service classes have been either cancelled or rescheduled since April 8, including those at Brayton Fire Training Field.
Brayton, the largest fire training facility in the U.S., annually attracts more than 45,000 emergency responders worldwide. More than 130 specific training stations offer instruction in firefighting, rescue and emergency medical care, as well as emergencies involving hazardous materials, marine vessels and aircraft.
Unfortunately, traditional summer events such as the Spanish, municipal and industrial schools, the Williams Fire & Hazard Control EXTREME training, the International Rescue & Emergency Care Association (IRECA) Conference and Challenge and various corporate schools remain cancelled.