Fire Department

Department History

On January 18th, 1882 a meeting was held and El Paso Fire Company No. 1 was organized. There was no water system at this time. The city granted a contract to Mr. Sylvester Watts to build a water works to supply the city's residents. Along with the water works he would supply the city's first 25 fire hydrants.

As the water works neared completion another meeting was held on August 22nd, 1882. El Paso Hose Company No. 1 was formed and officers elected. City Council approved the elected officers at its next meeting. The first test for the new fire department occurred on November 11th, 1882. Two one-story frame lodging houses were destroyed by fire. One of these housed the actresses of the Coliseum and was owned by one of the department's assistant chiefs, W.H. Carter. Although a fire hydrant was located across from the buildings, the infant department had only 100 feet of hose and could hardly do more than splash water on the buildings.

In the following week, a reorganization meeting was held. Hose Company No. 1, Hose Company No. 2, and Ladder No. 1 were formed. City Council passed the fire department ordinance that created and regulated the department. Firefighters were mostly volunteers until the department became a fully paid department in February 1909.

Fire Chiefs

W.W. Armstrong 1909 - 1915

W.W. Armstrong
1909 - 1915

John Wray 1915 - 1927

John Wray
1915 - 1927

John T. Red Sullivan 1927 - 1940

John T. "Red" Sullivan
1927 - 1940

W.E. Jackson 1940 - 1942

W.E. Jackson
1940 - 1942

Joe H. Boone 1942 - 1950

Joe H. Boone
1942 - 1950

H. A. Davis 1950 - 1962

H. A. Davis
1950 - 1962

W. L. Farr 1962 - 1968

W. L. Farr
1962 - 1968

Marion Coleman 1968 - 1984

Marion Coleman
1968 - 1984

Joe H. Wilson 1984 - 1988

Joe H. Wilson
1984 - 1988

Andrew Mehl 1988 - 1996

Andrew Mehl
1988 - 1996

Glenn Johns 1996 - 2002

Glenn Johns
1996 - 2002

Roberto Rivera 2002 - 2009

Roberto Rivera
2002 - 2009

Otto Drozd 2009 - 2012

Otto Drozd
2009 - 2012

Samuel Peña 2013 - 2016

Samuel Peña
2013 - 2016

Mario D'Agostino 2017 - Current

Mario D'Agostino
2017 - Current