Emergency Responder Training Program
Did you know? As of January 2020, there are more than 27,000 fire departments, representing more than 1,065,000 active firefighters, listed with the National Fire Department Registry. This represents about 91 percent of all U.S. fire departments. (usfa.fema.gov)
Nine percent are career fire departments (representing 33 percent of active firefighters);
70 percent are volunteer fire departments (representing 54 percent of active firefighters);
12 percent of active firefighters are paid-per-call.
85 percent of the nation’s fire departments are all or mostly volunteer.
ExxonMobil Pipeline Company recently worked with the National Association of State Fire Marshalls to make their existing Pipeline Emergencies online training program available to emergency response personnel within the company’s operating areas.
The program, held at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Brayton Fire Training Field, includes classroom studies and practical, hands-on live-fire exercises to introduce and reinforce tactical methods to mitigate an industrial or pipeline emergency. The cost for participating departments is covered by a grant from ExxonMobil Pipeline Company.
150 firefighters participated in 2019 (see this video of a former participant), and we have open dates available in 2020 for an additional 150 firefighters (50 firefighters/class):
- June 27-28, 2020
- September 26-27, 2020
- December 5-6, 2020
Priority will be given to applicants in Brazoria, Burnet, Chambers, Coke, Colorado, Concho, Ector, Fayette, Fort Bend, Glasscock, Harris, Jefferson, Lee, Liberty, Loving, McCulloch, Midland, Runnels, San Saba, Sterling, Tom Green, Ward, Washington, Wharton, Williamson, and Winkler Counties.
Information on 2020 training dates and how to apply is available here.