UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- As if this heat isn't sweltering enough, imagine wearing more than 50 pounds of heavy gear in the blistering sun.
That's exactly what some firefighters at the Brayton Fire Training School have been doing.
For the past week more than 650 Spanish speaking firefighters, from 17 different countries, have been braving the heat to learn what it takes to be a firefighter.
Robert Moore, chief of Brayton Fire Field said, "We train these firefighters in municipal types of training and industrial types of fire training."
The week-long Spanish program is part of the Texas Engineering Extension Service's annual summer training session.
This year marks the 45th year they've had a Spanish program.
"We run a rescue program where we teach them confined space rescue, high angle rescue, trench rescue, to where they can go out and safely respond to any type of emergency they might have," said Chief Moore.
The firefighters at the program say the skills they learn are priceless. They can then go home to their countries and teach other firefighters what they've learned."
Gilberto Quintro, a firefighter from Venezuela said, "It's a very, very good experience. We never do this in our country and so it's very difficult. To have this experience, it's a good job."
Chief Moore says the training they go through is invaluable to these firefighters and their countries.
"They can come here, they can gain the knowledge and learn the skills and learn the different techniques that we utilize and take those back to their country and start training the other firefighters that haven't had the opportunity to come here and learn those," said Chief Moore.