We’ve all heard the phrase “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change.” But if you are taking part in training that requires outdoor skill work, waiting for the weather to change isn’t always practical.
The newest training prop in the hazardous materials training area at TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field not only provides shelter from the ever-changing Texas weather, but it also allows more students to practice and test their skills during training.
The new prop, known as the Protective Housing Project, will be used by students in several classes including Hazmat Technician, Rail Car Specialist, and Transportation Specialist. The prop has 12 protective housings and can be used for teaching skills such as transfers. Students also train on how to troubleshoot rail incidents.
“It’s been something we’ve been looking at adding for several years,” said Nick Hickson, Hazmat Program Training Manager at TEEX. “It not only protects students and instructors from weather, but it allows more students to get hands-on skills training at one time, making it extremely time efficient for our classes. And that means the quality of training goes up as well.”
The new training prop was heavily used during the July Annual Industrial School. And with temperatures that regularly reached the upper 90s with a heat index exceeding 100, having a sheltered training prop with large fans to circulate air is important, especially for those students in training suits.
For more information on the Hazmat training program, contact Nick Hickson at Nicholas.Hickson@teex.tamu.edu. For information on other TEEX programs, visit our website at teex.org/esti. You can also reach us via our main Facebook account, facebook.com/teexfire.