COVID-19 in El Paso: Latest Update

Last Updated on May 22: As of the time of this writing, there are 2160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Paso, 945 of those cases currently active, 1157 patients have successfully recovered and 58 deaths have been confirmed. See below for the latest release. For up to date information on the ongoing pandemic visit…

Mental Health Resources Available for First Responders

First responders are faced with a myriad of stressors that go beyond what the general population may experience. The phrase “fit for duty” for first responders has historically only accounted for good physical health for the duties related to one’s job. However, recent evidence-based research indicates that maintaining one’s behavioral health is equally important. The…

Condition 4 Fire at Market Ave

Last night, EPFD units responded to a Condition 4 fire at a recycling plant located at the 6900 block of Market Ave. The crews battled the fire though a thick column of smoke and mountains of flammable materials such as cardboard and foam. 11 units and 40 firefighters were able to contain the incident in…

Happy EMS Week

I know that your jobs are never easy but this new environment of COVID-19 and the risks endured by you all, I really want you to know just how much you are appreciated.  I certainly appreciate all of you and the work you do, but more importantly than I or Administration, it is the citizens you…

Pension Fund Trustee Election

The El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund will be conducting an election to fill the unexpired term of Chief Jerry Villanueva. Nominations forms must be returned via mail to the Pension Administration Office, 909 East San Antonio Avenue, El Paso Texas, 79901, or email at info@ElPasoFireandPolice.org, or send a facsimile copy to the Pension…

Chief Villanueva Retires

After 28 years, 1 month, and 24 days of service to the El Paso Fire Department, Deputy Chief Villanueva has retired. As a parting gesture, B Shift did a small parade to wish the Chief a happy retirement and say goodbye. Thank you for your service and all the hard work you dedicated to the…

Station 17 Adopts the Teachers

Last week, as part of Teacher Appreciation Week, the crews at Station 17 decided to “adopt” some of the teachers and join an initiative looking to thank them for all they do.The crews made some baskets with gifts for the teachers as a show of appreciation. And, although Teacher Appreciation Week is over, there are…

Do’s and Dont’s to Maintain Your Immune System

by Maria Urso, PhD, O2X Specialist The country is facing something that we have never had to deal with before as COVID-19 impacts every aspect of our lives. We have been inundated with information from the media, news outlets, retail stores, fitness centers, etc. regarding how we should move through space and time these next…

WellConnect Frontline May 2020

Prevent ARDS Effects of COVID-19 Are you still considering an exercise program or attempting to motivate yourself to get fit? Here’s some motivation: New research shows that regular exercise can protect you against acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a possible complication of COVID- 19. Avoiding ARDS can keep you off a ventilator. The myth about…

Firefighter Class 97 Graduation

Last week, 6 individuals took their oath and officially became El Paso Fire Department Firefighters as part of the latest Certified Firefighter Class. Through months of intense training, they honed their skills and expanded their knowledge. They are now serving our community and helping keep El Paso safe. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this graduation…

Condition 2 Fire at Franklin Hawk

Earlier today, EPFD crews responded to a Condition 2 fire at the 6200 block of Franklin Hawk Ave. Crews quickly contained a grill fire affecting the backyard. No injuries were reported. No damage estimates at this time.

Honor Ceremony FST Ramirez

The live stream has ended but a copy of the ceremony has been saved and can be re-watched after the end of the photo gallery below. Watch a saved copy of the live stream here: