COVID-19 Prevention.

The risk of #Covid19 #Coronavirus in El Paso is considered low at this time. However, residents should still take everyday precautions: -Wash your hands.-Cough in your elbow.-Don’t touch your face. …and do not panic!

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…

College For All Texans

This program is designed to encourage persons employed as firefighters or active members of volunteer fire departments to take college courses designed to help them in their work. College educations in the fire service are becoming more and more prevalent each year. It is likely not long before an associate’s degree becomes a mandatory requirement…

COVID-19 EPFD Update

Released today during the City Council Meeting was a presumptive positive test that we had come back for one of our own.  We have confirmed that this positive test is related to the individuals travel and not an exposure related to department operations.  This firefighter was quarantined and tested based on his travel and never…

Maintain Healthy Lungs to Fight COVID-19

You are at higher risk of a deadly outcome from COVID-19 if you smoke. Smoking increases your risk for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and adversely affects your immune system. Now is the time to stop using tobacco, and to give up vaping and marijuana—whatever can deplete lung functioning. Many changes in society are likely…

Improve Depression Treatment with Talk Therapy

Talk to your doctor about adding talk therapy (counseling) to help treat depression more efficiently in addition to any pharmaceutical intervention you have been given. Talk therapy may 1) help you prevent negative self-talk scripts that are naturally associated with depression, but can make the condition feel worse; 2) assist you in feeling better faster…

COVID-19: Reducing Fear and Anxiety

Uncertainty about what’s going to happen with COVID-19 and its impact on everyone can have you feeling anxious and fearful. Whether you are concerned about your job or an elderly family member, getting food and supplies, or even getting sick yourself—you have an important goal: combat this stress and stay calm. Here’s how: 1) Practice…

ComSAR Mtn. Laurel and Zircon

This week, the COMSAR team went out to Mtn Laurel and Zircon in search of a 22 year old male who reported multiple wounds and being out there for several days. Crews quickly found him and transported him to medical care. Do to the nice weather and the quarantine, we expect more people to be…

Interim Guidance for EMS from CDC on COVID-19

By FF Scruggs You probably have already read this but just incase you did you should check it out This guidance applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work….

Condition 2 Fire at Pershing

This Thursday, 15 units 37 personnel responded to the Condition 2 working fire. No injuries were reported, 3 residents and 2 pets were safely evacuated. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

How Soap Kills COVID-19

You’ve been told a thousand times: wash your hands to stop the spread of COVID-19. But why does this work so well? It has to do with the way the soap molecules are able to absolutely demolish viruses, like the coronavirus. Vox explains what makes plain old soap so effective.

The City Launches COVID-19 Resources Website

The City of El Paso has prepared a website where you can find everything on COVID-19 . From how to get tested, to all the city/county/state/federal mesaures being implemented. Visit EPStrong.org to check it out