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    EPFD in Shattered Dreams

    On Feb. 24, the El Paso Community College hosted the TXDOT organized mock drunk-driving crash now famously known as Shattered Dreams. Various local agencies, including the El Paso Fire Department, participated in the event that simulated one dead person, two injuries and one drunk driver arrested for vehicular manslaughter. Read More

    EPFD part of live museum

    Saturday Feb. 14 marked a historic day for the El Paso Museum of History as it became the first museum in North America to unveil an interactive digital wall. The first digital wall was developed in Copenhagen, Denmark. So on Friday Feb. 13, dignitaries from the European city visited the museum, which includes a display from the El Paso Fire Department named "Up In Smoke." All the displays became "alive" with actual people who talked about the significance of the pieces and other historical context. Deputy Chief Christopher Celaya and Battalion Chief Ricci Carson were the historians and personnel from Battalion 1 served as the "live" exhibit. Read More

    Captain earns international certification

    On Feb. 13, Logistics Captain Ricardo Gonzalez earned recognition from the International Association of Emergency Managers by being designated Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). Captain Gonzalez began the certification process three years ago when he was part of the El Paso City/County Office of Emergency Management. The CEM designation is nationally and internationally recognized professional certification for emergency managers. Gonzalez's distinction certifies that the El Paso Fire Department has a certified individual on duty who meets the professional standards of becoming a CEM. Read More

    Firefighters host fifth graders

    On Wednesday Feb. 4, dozens of fifth graders from Burleson Elementary walked across the County Courthouse to Central Fire Station. The children were visiting the courthouse, the fire station and other locations as part of the Positive Role Models program to meet positive role models in the community. "The Positive Role model Program was started by the El Paso Women’s Bar Association," said Tracy C. Almanzan, Assistant County Attorney." Read More

    Paws for Presents

    On three Saturdays (Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13), Chico of the El Paso Chihuahuas made an appearance at Station 22, Station 20 and Station 6 to collect toys to benefit the Child Crisis Center of El Paso. In exchange for a new toy, children could meet local firefighters and take photos with the famous canine mascot. Read More

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Press Releases

    Vaccinations for Health

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the program “Vaccinations for Health” will NOT be providing free medical services to seniors on March 28 as previously announced. Instead, the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department will be providing free flu and pneumonia vaccines, blood pressure and glucose screenings and colorectal screening kits for seniors at the Dia de Los Niños, Dia de Los Libros event April 25 at Washington Park, 200 Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    ComSAR McKelligon Canyon

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 24, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to the McKelligon Canyon State Park when a hiker called 911. The first unit arrived on the scene at 3:43 p.m. Firefighters were able to speak to the hiker, a 20-year-old male, via cellphone to try to determine his location. Unable to get accurate confirmation from the hiker, the full Combined Search and Rescue team was immediately dispatched.

    ComSAR Ron Coleman

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – At approximately 1:13 p.m. on Sunday March 15, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to the Ron Coleman Trail at the Transmountain State Park when hikers saw an injured woman and called 911. The full EPFD/EPPD Combined Search and Rescue team was immediately dispatched and the first unit arrived at the scene at 1:26 p.m. Crews were able to make contact with the patient at 3:03 p.m. The woman, in her mid-thirties, was treated for injuries at the scene. A Native Air helicopter was called in to transport the patient, but crews needed to move her to the point where the helicopter was able to safely land.

    Condition 3 - 3501 Kemp

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – At approximately 6:50 p.m. on Thursday March 12, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to a condition 3 fire on 3501 Kemp Ave. when residents called 911. Upon arriving on the scene at 6:54 p.m., crews found heavy smoke coming from the rear of the house. After a preliminary search, crews evacuated a 51-year-old male and a 45-year-old female and began fighting the fire located in the back bedroom of the house.

    Hiking-Camping Tips

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – In light of yesterday’s Combined Search and Rescue operation at the Transmountain State Park, the El Paso Fire Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife would like to remind the public to practice these safety recommendations when planning outdoor hiking/camping activities.

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