EPFD holds Safety/Health event at the SHOC
To close the flu season, the El Paso Fire Department partnered with the El Paso Health Department’s Medicaid Waiver Program to provide one last clinic and safety event on Saturday June 24. Families who do not have health insurance, meet Federal low-income guidelines or have Medicaid took advantage of the free clinic.
Adults who met this criteria, and who had never attended a Fire Department clinic, received a free influenza vaccine and blood pressure/glucose screening. Adults over 50 received a free colorectal screening kit and patients over 65 received a free pneumonia vaccine. A total of 54 patients took advantage of the services. and by doing so, they also received a free single-use fire extinguisher or carbon monoxide alarm from First Alert. A healthy brunch was also provided.
“The wellness and safety of our community is extremely important to us,” said Medical Deputy Chief Robert Arvizu. “That’s why we wanted to close the flu season with this great event, appropriately held at our Safety and Health Outreach Center.”
The Community Risk Reduction section of the Fire Department was also on hand to provide safety education to children, fire extinguisher training and signing up families for Home Safety Surveys and Free Smoke Alarm installations. The interactive rig simulator and a classic 1948 Open-Cab Mack Pumper was also for children and families to enjoy. Sparky the Dalmatian also made an appearance to take pictures with children.
"Educating the young minds of future generations will have a profound effect on making our community safer," Lt. James Schaerfl said. "All El Paso firefighters should make it their responsibility to keep children safe by teaching simple techniques like Stop, Drop and Roll, and Fall and Crawl.”
Eligible families also received free voucher for breast and cervical screenings and children vaccines available through the El Paso Health Department’s clinic.