The mission of the El Paso Fire Department could never be carried out without protecting the health and safety of those tasked with accomplishing that mission. Although the work done by the Fire Department is inherently dangerous, it is the responsibility of the Fire Department management to minimize the dangers and provide the safest possible working conditions for its members. The Fire Department has established a safety and health program that identifies risks, provides training, establishes standard operating procedures, and provides for periodic review to ensure the safety and health of the members. Active participation at all levels is necessary to accomplish the goals for the safety program. Members must comply with all aspects of the program to guarantee a safe and healthy working environment for all.
The Occupational Safety and Health Program for the El Paso Fire Department shall provide members with the safest working environment possible and relies on participation of management and employees alike to accomplish the goals of the program.
The ultimate goal of the Occupational Safety and Health Program is, and shall remain, the total elimination of all occupational accidents, injuries, illnesses, and exposures to hazardous atmospheres and contagious diseases.
To administer the Health and Safety program to Fire Department employees for the prevention or elimination of accidents, occupational injuries, communicable exposures, illnesses, or fatalities.
Safety Officer Duties
Plan, develop, coordinate and implement Occupational Safety and Health Program. Involves: chairing safety committee; reviewing accident and injury reports to determine need for corrective actions, preventive measures, additional training or procedural changes; investigating and reporting accidents and injuries; inspect facilities, vehicles, equipment and protective clothing for compliance to national standards; acting as scene safety officer during emergency operations and training exercises; monitoring member assistance programs.