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    Water Rescue Trains for Monsoon Season

    On Friday May 1, the Water Rescue team pulled out their Jet Ski and their Zodiac rescue boat out of winter mode and took to the waters of Ascarate Lake to make sure everything was in top condition for the upcoming monsoon season. Captain Kristian Menendez said it's important to service the vehicles and get all the "cobwebs" out of them early. Read More

    Fill the Boot 2015

    On Thursday April 23, the annual Fill the Boot campaign kicked off at Station 11. Assistant Chief Mario D'Agostino, IAFF Local 51 First Vice-President Captain James Younger and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of El Paso Executive Director Kathleen Born were present to announce to the media and local dignitaries the launch of the campaign. Firefighters began collecting donations for MDA on Friday April 24 and concluded on Sunday May 3. Read More

    Celaya Farewell Gift

    When Deputy Chief Christopher Celaya walked into Station 35 on Sunday April 12, he thought he was going to have a regular meeting with his Battalion Chiefs. Instead he found Battalion 6 C-shift staff prepared to give him a proper farewell for his upcoming retirement. "One of the most difficult things about retiring is the immediate loss of the daily friendships," Celaya said. "In the 28 years I have been with the City, I have made a lot of friends." Read More

    Garcia FF 2nd Quarter

    On April 10, the Awards Committee descended upon 3200 Pershing to bestow upon Firefighter Efrain Garcia, Jr. the Firefighter of the Second Quarter Award. Garcia was honored for his extensive philanthropy work in the community. To name just a few, Garcia works with the youth mentoring program FirePower 40, he runs the Susan Komen race, the March of Dimes walk and the Walk a Mile in her Shoes walk in full PPE as well as the Bras for the Cause fundraiser for Breast cancer survivors. But Garcia's favorite by his own account is the Hearts of Courage event at Providence Memorial Hospital. Read More

    April Pools Day

    As part of April Pool's Day, members of the El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue team demonstrated various techniques used in helping people who are drowning. On April 4, dozens of children and their parents gathered at the Armijo Swimming Pool in preparation for the beginning of the pool season. "The event brought water safety to the forefront," Captain Ruben Candelaria said. "We were able to address the parents and their children about the importance of learning to swim, not playing in canals or arroyos, learning CPR and calling 911 first for water emergencies." Read More

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Press Releases

    Grilling Safety Tips

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – As hundreds of El Pasoans prepare for Memorial Day weekend celebrations, the El Paso Fire Department would like to remind the public to practice these safety recommendations when planning outdoor grilling activities.

    Class 88 Graduation

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – To honor countless hours of study, preparation and months of sacrifice, the El Paso Fire Department will be graduating 10 firefighters at a Graduation Ceremony, Thursday May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Firefighters Hall at 3112 Forney Ln.

    Condition 2 - 3710 Tularosa

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – At approximately 8:33 a.m. on Monday May 18, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to a condition 2 fire at 3710 Tularosa Ave. when a resident smelled smoke and called 911. Upon arriving on the scene at 8:36 a.m., crews found flames and heavy smoke coming from the front of the house. After determining that everyone had self-evacuated, firefighters began to fight the fire.

    Condition 2 - 11670 Chito Samaniego

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – At approximately 10:38 a.m. on Friday May 15, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to a condition 2 fire at 11670 Chito Samaniego Dr. when the automated alarm system notified 911. Upon arriving on the scene at 10:44 a.m., crews found heavy smoke coming from the inside of the building. After determining that everyone had self-evacuated, firefighters began to fight the fire.

    Arson Arrest

    Fire Department
    El Paso, Texas – The El Paso Fire Department, with the assistance from Texas Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, announces today that the joint investigation into a series of fires in the downtown/central area has led to the arrest of Oscar Hernandez, 52, of El Paso, TX. Hernandez was taken into custody on April 15 on an Arrest Warrant charging him with violation of Texas Penal Code Offense 28.02 – Arson.

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