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IC Media Training
On Aug. 25-27, Battalion Chiefs and Captains participated in a Media Training refresher course at the Training Academy. The purpose of the course was to familiarize incident commanders on the current role of the Public Information Office and to give practical tips on speaking to the media at incidents. The class was taught by PIO Carlos Briano. Read More
Certified Fire Journalists
When Chief Samuel Peña was the Training Chief, he decided to make the Certified Fire Journalist credential expire after three years. And because the first Media Academy was held ten years ago, there were about 20 local journalist who had expired credentials. The solution? Offer a four-hour refresher course to renew the certification. Six journalists took EPFD on the offer to continue to get a closer access at incidents. Read More
C.B. Payroll Clerk Raquel Morales has helped hundreds of employees who get activated for military services, either through the reserves or through active duty. But she had such a profound impact on Firefighter Brandon Kovach during his activation, that he nominated her for the Department of Defense Patriotic Employer Award. The award, which she received on Aug. 20, honors employees and/or employers who support the men and women serving in the nation's reserve components. Read More
UTEP Mock Shooting
In an effort to measure UTEP's and local resources' response to an active shooter event, UTEP conducted an Active Shooter Training Event on Aug. 12. The scenario consisted of a shooter in the UTEP library wounding 10 people. Deputy Chief Avelardo Talavera and Lt. Thomas Quinn coordinated EPFD's participation, which involved B-Shift line companies. Deputy Chief Ricci Carson and Battalion Chief Jerry Villanueva were in attendance and Captain Frank Guillen was Incident Commander and Battalion Chief Francisco Gallegos was Safety Officer. Read More
Paramedic Class 1
On Thursday Aug. 6, the El Paso Fire Department graduated its first Paramedic Class. A total of 18 firefighters and two lieutenants were honored for completing the grueling, six-month block of instruction. Dr. Veronica L. Greer, assistant professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso, was the Keynote Speaker. Dr. Greer is also the Director of Residency Program for Emergency Medicine and is Chief-Of-Staff-Elect at University Medical Center. She gave a speech motivating the new paramedics to press on. Read More
El Paso, Texas – The program “Vaccinations for Health” that teams up the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department to provide free influenza and pneumonia vaccines, blood pressure and glucose screenings and colorectal screening kits for seniors will start again in October at the following dates and locations. The influenza vaccine for the new flu season will be available.
ComSAR - Hitt Park
El Paso, Texas – At approximately 4:09 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 26, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to Chuck Heinrich Park when two mountain bicyclists felt ill and called. The first unit arrived on the scene at 4:11 p.m. and immediately requested the Combined Search and Rescue team, who was able to reach the two cyclists at 5:43 p.m. Firefighters gave medical treatment to one 25-year-old male at the scene and then transported the two cyclist down from the trail in an off-road ComSAR vehicle.
Vaccination for Health Sept
El Paso, Texas – The program “Vaccinations for Health” that teams up the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department to provide free influenza and pneumonia vaccines, blood pressure and glucose screenings and colorectal screening kits for seniors will start again in September at the following dates and locations from 8-11 a.m. The new influenza vaccine for the new flu season will be available.
ComSAR Ron Coleman
El Paso, Texas – At approximately 3:59 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 13, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to the Franklin Mountain State Park when two hikers on the Ron Coleman experienced medical issues and called 911. The Combined Search and Rescue team was immediately dispatched to reach the hikers. The first unit arrived on the scene at 4:15 p.m.
MPI - I10 Raynolds
El Paso, Texas – At approximately 8:06 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 12, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to I-10 and Raynolds when multiple drivers called 911 about a dog being struck by a vehicle after jumping out of a truck. The first unit arrived on the scene at 8:09 a.m. and firefighters saw a motor-vehicle accident involving four vehicles, a commercial cargo truck and a Sun Metro bus. A total of seven patients were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.