goal

The goal of the Fire Prevention Division is to help prevent fires through a combination of inspections of businesses for the conformity to the locally adopted fire code, to ensure compliance through enforcement, and to educate the public to conduct all activities with a conscious effort of placing fire safety at the forefront. In addition, we provide fire cause and origin investigations to map and record possible trends in previous fires that should be brought to the attention of the public in an effort to limit further loss of life or property.

COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION

The goal of the Community Risk Reduction Section is to prepare and deliver life safety educational programs to the public that effectively reduce identified community risks. The Community Risk Reduction provides a variety of age specific fire prevention programs to the public. These include:

  • Fire Safety at Home
  • Fire Safety in the Work Place
  • Fire Extinguisher Use (May include live fire training. Call (915) 485-5699 for further information)
  • Emergency Evacuation Plans/Drills
  • Holiday Fire Safety
  • Fall and Fire Prevention for Elderly
  • Fire Prevention Week (Always the week of October 9th)
  • Return to the Scene (program to offer advice after a fire in the neighborhood)

fire/arson investigations

Fire/ Arson Investigators have the responsibility of investigating fires and explosions of an incendiary nature. The section responds to fire scenes at the request of fire or law enforcement agencies throughout El Paso County, as well as areas outside the county under special circumstances. This section does not investigate fires at the request of insurance companies or private individuals.

All investigators are certified as Structural Firefighters and EMT-Basics, with a minimum of 2 and a half years’ experience as a firefighter. Personnel must obtain several certifications prior to functioning in the capacity as a Fire/Arson Investigator. All Investigators are certified Peace Officers within the State of Texas as per the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. All Investigators must also be certified Fire Inspectors and certified Fire Investigators as per the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Aside from these certifications, Fire/Arson Investigators pursue other credentials to assist in obtaining technical expertise to assist with higher conviction rates and having a well-rounded section. Certifications range from national origin and cause investigators, firearms instructors, Hazardous Materials Technicians, Technical Rescue Technicians, and TCLEOSE / TCFP instructors.

JUVENILE FIRE SETTER INTERVENTION

The Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Program (JFIP) is a "First Step" program that assists juveniles and their families, with a firesetting incident. The program seeks to identify the reason (s) for the firesetting incident and provide fire safety education and if necessary, referral to a Mental Health Professional (MHP) for further intervention. The program is open to juveniles 3 to 16 years of age ONLY. To schedule an interview, call (915) 543-6156.

Referrals are accepted from the following:

  • Parents/legal guardians
  • School administrators
  • Juvenile Courts
  • Fire Department personnel

fire inspections

The goal of fire inspections is to eliminate fire cause through the application and enforcement of the Fire Code, which is the International Fire Code adopted by City Ordinance with local amendments.

Fire Hydrant Flow Data Requests
 
To request fire hydrant flow data, please email FD-FPDPlanReview@elpasotexas.gov or please call the One-Stop-Shop at (915) 212-1531 if you have any questions.

Private Fire Hydrant Inspections
 
For the required annual reporting of private fire hydrant inspections, fire flow tests and all new installations, please email this form to FD-Hydrants@elpasotexas.gov. If you have any questions, please contact us by email or at (915) 485-5657 or (915) 485-5675.

code compliance

The El Paso Fire Department Code Compliance Section strives on the goal of minimizing the risk of life and property loss from fire. By enforcing an adopted fire code and related standards, hazardous conditions can be eliminated or controlled before fire occurs. Our Mission: Enforcing the City of El Paso’s Fire Code, one building at a time.

The Code Compliance Section of the El Paso Fire Department's responsibility is to conduct inspections, attend meetings with business owners and contractors, and handle any requests and/or complaints from the public. Inspectors are there for your assistance and as a resource for the community. If you feel that your business or building requires our attention, or if you are unsure and wish to request an inspection from a fire inspector you may call (915) 485-5699. An inspector will be sent to conduct an inspection, answer any questions you may have, and make suggestions for fire safety items. Please be advised that there is a fee involved when requesting an Inspector and/or Investigator to conduct any fire-related business. Types of inspections performed include:

  • Building Final Inspections
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Special Extinguishing Systems (Range Hoods, Paint Booths, etc.)
  • Underground Piping Acceptance Test (Sprinkler System and/or private hydrants
  • Building Condemnation
  • Complaints and Requests from the Public

STAFF

Fire Marshal
Orlando Arriola
(Deputy Chief)
(915) 485-5645
arriolaoa@elpasotexas.gov

Assistant Fire Marshal
Carlos Piedra
(Battalion Chief)
(915) 485-5643
piedraca@elpasotexas.gov

Fire Prevention Captain
Sara Carrillo
(915) 485-5662
CarrilloS@elpasotexas.gov

Vacant premises ordinance

City staff encourages working partnerships with stakeholders in the development of an ordinance that ensures public safety and also fosters local economic development. For more information, please contact Fire Marshal Orlando Arriola at (915) 485-5645. 

Forms and requests

INSPECTIONs

To request inspections, please call Code Compliance at (915) 485-5658. 

SAFETY forms

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