The El Paso Fire Department was given legal authority to provide fire protection services for the City of El Paso in 1897. Since then, the department has grown into a full service fire department presently consisting of over eight hundred uniformed men and women, thirty six stations, thirty one engines, nine quints, five ladders, six battalion chief units, one squad, one specialized hazmat unit, twenty six ambulances and two Rescue Operations Captain units (ROCs). The department's scope of operational services has likewise expanded from just fire protection to now include emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, technical and high-angle rescue services, water rescue, trench rescue, aircraft rescue and firefighting.
Support for the incident response force includes a Logistics division for handling supplies, Personal Protective Equipment, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, vehicle mechanical maintenance and repair with small engine and tool repair included. A training division creates, delivers and keeps records for new recruit training and continuing education for firefighting and medical certifications. A Fire Marshal oversees the fire prevention division tasked with public education, fire cause and origin investigation, enforcement of building codes, safety codes and arson laws, building plan checking, selected building inspection, and fire hydrant maintenance. General administration includes human resources, financial services, purchasing and computer support for internal issues, statistical data gathering and interpretation, and reporting for all records.