Expertise

The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

TEEX offers training and technical assistance that touches all aspects of the community. Through our work with economic development organizations, government entities, private industry and emergency responders, TEEX is developing resilient communities. TEEX offers assistance in strategic planning, community development, continuity of operations and business continuity planning, and emergency management and response training for local officials and emergency responders.

Knowledge Engineering

Knowledge Engineering provides expertise in technology commercialization, manufacturing and small business growth, economic development, technology assessment, community development, continuity planning, semiconductor training and professional development, and can assist organizations with Web applications, instructional design and E-learning.

Fire Services

TEEX's Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) is known worldwide for its outstanding, hands-on training of emergency response personnel in municipal firefighting and rescue, industrial and marine firefighting, aircraft rescue and firefighting, hazardous materials, emergency medical services, and emergency management, as well as maritime safety training. Classes can be offered at a customer’s location or at the renowned Brayton Fire Training Field, the largest live-fueled fire training facility in the world.

Public Works

TEEX's Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute offers highly diverse training programs that serve and reach nearly all of the skill groups and departments found in local government, as well as state and federal government. Training is offered in construction, electric power, public works, transportation, water and wastewater, telecommunications, heavy equipment, building codes and other occupational areas. The division coordinates and is home to the Frank M. Tejeda Center for Excellence in Environmental Operations and the Public Works Response Team (PWAT).The PWRT is a state resource with multi-disciplined, multi-talented, and highly qualified members who support local response, rapid damage assessment, and recovery efforts. PWRT is composed of members who are highly skilled and knowledgeable in public works activities such as Utilities (Electrical, Gas, Water, Wastewater, Storm Water, Environmental Safety and Compliance, Communications); Debris Clearance; Structural Safety; Transportation Systems; Traffic Engineering and Management; Fleet Services; and Parks and Recreation.

Public Safety and Security

Public Safety and Security is one of the primary trainers for law enforcement officers within Texas and is the state’s oldest continuing statewide law enforcement extension training agency. TEEX sponsors the Central Texas Police Academy and offers a wide variety of basic and advanced training to peace officers and private industry security professionals.

Disaster Preparedness & Response

Disaster Preparedness & Response offers customized training to groups of emergency responders from across the nation and the world. The division offers all-hazards planning, training and exercises for jurisdictions, regions and states. Specialized training offered includes structural collapse technician, logistics specialist, search operations, swift water rescue and other position-specific training at the most comprehensive emergency response training facility in the world – Disaster City®. The full-scale, collapsible structures in Disaster City© can be customized to meet the needs of any group. The division is also home to Texas Task Force 1 and the state water strike team. Task Force 1 is one of the most active search and rescue teams in the country, having responded to at least one major disaster each year since its inception in 1998. From the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks to Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, Texas Task Force 1’s urban search and rescue and water rescue teams have expertise in responding to both man-made and natural disasters.

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service

AgriLife Extension‘s Department of Agriculture Economics produced the county-level Disaster Impact Model to estimate the economic effects of hurricanes in the eight county region directly impacted by Ike. The Texas coast model is serving as the initial prototype for more general disaster impact models (DIMs). The model will then be adaptable to the remainder of the Gulf coast after the proof of concept model for the Hurricane Ike is completed and validated. The impact analysis will focus on the economic impacts of Hurricane Ike on county level:

  • Output (Gross Sales)
  • Value-Added (Contribution to GDP)
  • Employment
  • Labor Income, and Taxes.