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…

Help Out Shelter Pets!

Furry Fridays is a joint effort by the EPFD and Animal Services to assist pets that have stayed for too long at the shelter and need help getting adopted. Each week, one of these pets will be featured along with a first responder on social media to encourage adoption. The photoshoots last 5-10 minutes in…

Phone Scam Alert

Be cautious of phone scams. The Sheriff’s office is warning that scammers are impersonating EPCSO employees and asking for money over the phone. The Sheriff’s Office does not request any type of payments over the phone. Do not provide any personal or financial information if called. If anyone has been a victim of these scams,…

TXDOT Closures Week of Feb 24

IH10 Riprap Project Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28 9am to 4pm •      IH10 Eastbound CD middle lane between Buena Vista and Executive right lane closure. •      IH10 Westbound middle lane between Executive and Sunland Park right lane closure. GO10 Project Utility Monday, February 24 through Friday, March 6 Continuous •      Mesa Eastbound (in…

Hart Elementary Visit at the SHOC

This week Hart Elementary stopped at Station 13 to get a day of fire safety training. 80 first graders and 4 teachers participated. With the help of P5-A, the children didn’t only have a blast but also learned a lot about fire safety and the Fire Department!

Quick Tips for Adding Healthy, Whole Foods

When making dietary changes, it should not feel restrictive, overwhelming or hard to live with. You are making longterm lifestyle changes, so you want to have a plan to make the habits stick around. Transitioning to a healthier way of eating may seem daunting, so here are some tips to keep in mind: Eat vegetables…

Rescue 18 Wetdown

Last Friday, the El Paso Fire Department celebrated the arrival of the new Rescue 18. Crewmembers, family, friends, and neighbors attended the ceremony where the new unit was sprayed down by the community and pushed into the station. A tradition that dates back from the 1800s. A few minutes after the ceremony, the crews got…

Pumper 7 Wetdown

Last Saturday, the Fire Department welcomed the new Pumper 7 into the fleet. Crewmembers, family, friends and neighbors attended the traditional ceremony where the new Pumper was sprayed down and pushed into the station. This event marks the 6th new unit that the EPFD has put into service since 2020 began.

Saying Goodbye to Shame

Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff According to the Journal of Occupational Health, approximately 20 percent of firefighters and paramedics will experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their careers.  Unfortunately for some, shame is a key component of the emotional and cognitive experience of this condition. This feeling of shame may be one of…

Vehicle Fire Dangers: Burning Pickup Rolls Into Fire Apparatus

The Domino Effect with Mark van der Feyst Not one situation will be the same gentlemen positioning of the fire apparatus and chocking considerations of not only your vehicle can come into play as shown in this video. Video underscores the importance of proper apparatus positioning and wheel chocking Responding to a vehicle fire is a…