Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team program was created to give community members some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills which aims to improve the ability of community members to survive and to safely help others until responders or other assistance could arrive.

Please contact Firefighter Alex Miranda at 915-838-3267 or email for upcoming classes. 

El Paso Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) plays the critical role of providing information of existing chemical hazards in order for everyone to be better prepared to understand, manage, and respond to these potential hazards.  The LEPC does this by forming partnerships between responders, local governments, communities, businesses, media, academia, and the public.

For more information, please contact Norma Ladesma at 915-775-7300 or email at

Fire Corps

Community members can make a difference for their local fire and EMS department. Fire Corps helps departments build more capacity by connecting them to community volunteers who can assist in a variety of non-emergency roles. Explore the national organization website at to learn more about Fire Corps, find existing programs, and read about how community members and departments nationwide are benefiting from Fire Corps.

For more information and to fill out a volunteer application, please contact Firefighter Alex Miranda at 915-838-3267 or email

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The mission of the West Texas Medical Reserve Corps is to enhance the regional response capabilities in the event of an emergency, disaster or disease outbreak by providing a coordinated response using locally recruited medical, behavioral health, public health, and health support volunteers. The Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will also work to improve the overall health preparedness and well-being of the region.

 For more information on joining, please contact Wanda Helgesen at 915-838-3204.

Neighborhood Watch (NWP)

This program depends on citizen involvement to prevent and discourage crime and reduce fear by taking certain home, property, and personal self-protection precautions, really getting to know and look out for neighbors, and reporting crimes and suspicious activities to the police. Neighborhood Watch in the city of El Paso is an El Paso Police Department program and the department determines its policy. Today, we have over 600 such programs, and this concept has also expanded to schools, apartments, parks, and businesses.

For any additional information on this program or to start one up now, contact the Crime Prevention Officer below for your city area:

Northeast Regional Command (NERCC)


Crime Prevention Office


West Side Regional Command (WSRCC)


Crime Prevention Office


Central Regional Command (CRCC)


Crime Prevention Office


Pebble Hills Regional Command (PHRCC)


Crime Prevention Office


Mission Valley Regional Command (MVRCC)


Crime Prevention Office


Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

Volunteers work in partnership with police officials in several areas, performing various duties. For example, duties such as direct crisis intervention, crime prevention/education, enforce disabled parking laws, serve as board members or mentors to Explorer programs, provide spiritual counseling, participate, participate in seasonal projects all year long, public speaking and provide clerical assistance.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Police Headquarters at 915-564-7000.

El Paso American Red Cross

Please visit for more information about classes and volunteering in the community.