The El Paso Fire Department responds to approximately 76,000 calls for service each year. The department is internationally accredited through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and has a top Public Protection Classification from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), resulting in low Insurance rates for El Pasoans.
The El Paso Fire Department is a full-service fire department. We respond to all calls involving fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, and other emergency events in the City of El Paso. Specialized teams respond to water, mountain, and technical rescues. The department provides mutual aid to Fort Bliss Military Base and the County of El Paso under the terms of the Mutual Aid Agreements. When an emergency event occurs the role of the Fire Department is to arrive on the scene as quickly and safely as possible in order to provide assistance.
The Fire Department utilizes resources from the community to limit the number of emergencies that occur. The inspectors of the Fire Prevention Division help ensure that the building and fire codes are followed. All businesses are inspected for fire hazards annually. If inspectors find a hazard the owner or occupant is required to fix them to meet the requirements of the safety code. The Public Education unit trains citizens in fire safety and how to use fire extinguishers.
The Fire Department is rated an ISO Class 1 department showing the dedication, training, equipment, and progress we have made to ensure the citizens of El Paso have the best department possible.
Jonathan Killings was appointed Fire Chief for the El Paso Fire Department in December of 2022. Chief Killings has served his community as a member of the El Paso Fire Department since August of 1998, and as a Chief Officer since his promotion to Battalion Chief in 2016. He has proven himself in key assignments over his career in Emergency Operations, Professional Development, the Office of Emergency Management, and 911 Communications.
Chief Killings has a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix, a Masters of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University, and has been a Licensed EMT Paramedic since 2009. He was a member of the El Paso Fire Department’s ComSAR mountain rescue team, the Urban Search and Rescue Team, as well as HazMAT and Fire Training Captain.
Chief Killings proved to be a valuable asset to Administrative Command Staff since appointment to Assistant Chief of Communications, Training, and Outreach in August of 2020. He demonstrates effective decision making and exceptional leadership that has earned him the respect of all employees of the El Paso Fire Department, both uniformed and civilian.
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The Mission of the Fire Department is to provide exceptional services for a safe, healthy, and resilient community.
The El Paso Fire Department will be a premier public safety organization committed to the safety and welfare of our community.
The City of El Paso is currently reviewing and considering the adoption of the 2021 International Fire Prevention Code. The code and its proposed local amendments are available for review below.
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