Williams Fire & Hazard Control Inc., part of Tyco Fire Protection Products, announced today it is the first commercial company to provide university curriculum through its partnership with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and its world-renowned firefighter academy.
The partnership between Williams and the nation’s leading fire protection school makes Williams the only company of its kind in the industry to receive third-party certification for a training course. The partnership will incorporate a combination of both TEEX and Williams courses to educate trainees at the Williams operational facility in Port Arthur and TEEX students.
“Williams is the most established and proven company in our field. Through this partnership we look forward to adding industry depth, knowledge and experience to our curriculum and programming,” said Robert Moore, Director of TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute.
Williams originated in 1980 and has been on the front line of some of the country’s major industrial fires, including the largest successfully extinguished tank fire in U.S. history. The company specializes in industrial fire response and has substantial experience in fire prevention training involving liquid, gas and hazardous chemicals.
“This partnership is a milestone for our company. It validates our legacy of experience and expertise in the industry,” said Lee Hall, Senior Technical Trainer, Williams Fire & Hazard Control. “To receive recognition from TEEX distinguishes our work as a leading force in the fire protection business, and we couldn’t be more proud.”
The collaboration will permit Williams to conduct NFPA Pro Board-certified courses utilizing the TEEX curriculum and accreditation process, offering students nationally recognized third-party accreditation. TEEX has authorized Williams to offer NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I and NFPA 472 Bulk Storage Certification courses, with more planned for the future. In addition, TEEX has recognized the following courses in the Williams curriculum:
Williams Fire & Hazard Control Tank Fire Emergencies
Williams Fire & Hazard Control Xtreme School (U.S. version)
Williams Fire & Hazard Control Industrial Response Logistics
Williams Fire & Hazard Control Pump Operations
Williams plans to expand this opportunity to customers by hosting onsite training sessions. Williams will also provide the course to Pemex, the Mexican petroleum company.
“This collaboration offers a significant advantage to our customers,” said Phil Novac, Global Director of Product Management, Foam Systems, Tyco Fire Protection Products. “By providing a training program developed from the best in the industry, we can ensure our customers are fully prepared for a fire of any scale.”
Williams will begin teaching the TEEX NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I class in spring 2016.