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…

COVID-19 in El Paso: Latest Update

Last Updated on December 4, 2020 15 deaths, 570 new COVID-19 cases, and 39 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 89,100 cases and 983 deaths. The deaths include 1 male in his 40s, 1 male in his 50s, 2 males and 2 females in their 60s,…

Station Workout With FF Knotts

FF Knotts has been creating some great videos on different workout routines and he would like to share them with the rest of the Dept. Check them out below! This post will be pinned to the top and updated anytime a new video gets shared. Special thanks to FF Jared Knotts for allowing the use…

Retired Lt. and Chaplain Ruben Flores Laid To Rest

Today the EPFD bid farewell to another one of its courageous men, Ret. Lt. and Chaplain Ruben Flores. He was laid to rest at Mt. Carmel Cemetery where his family, friends and fellow firefighters gathered in prayer and paid their respects. Lieutenant Flores passed away on January 9, 2021 at the age of 55. He…

Ceremonial Honors for Former FST Adkins

Today we honored and paid our respects to former Fire Suppression Technician, Troy A. Adkins, who passed away back in December 2020 from complications resulting from COVID-19. Family, friends and colleagues all gathered at the Bridge of the Americas Border Crossing to say their final goodbyes to a great man. He may have left this…

District 3 Christmas Event

Local 51, District 3 City Representative Cassandra Hernandez and Mom’s On Board (MOB) teamed up to deliver gifts and candy to 16 families around the Samdrano Recreation Center neighborhood on Christmas Eve. Santa Claus made a special appearance by arriving in a fire truck to deliver presents and cheer to the families. The event culminated with Santa…

A Generous and Cozy Donation

For the past four years, the EPFD and the Extreme Weather Task Force have worked together by collecting blanket donations from people and distributing them to families in need. Several blankets were collected by our fire stations across town but Central Fire Station received a whopping 100 blankets from an anonymous donor last week. Whoever…

Passing of Former FST Adkins

The CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) and the El Paso Field Office (EPFO) will be honoring the passing of Customs and Border Protection Canine Enforcement Officer (CEO) Troy A. Adkins.  The passing of CEO Adkins is pending classification as a possible Line-of-Duty death, as he passed away on December 31, 2020, from complications resulting…

Hello Retirement

The fun has officially begun for FST Rick Flores of Batalion 6 and Lt. Steve Mendez of Fire Station 24 B-shift. After serving their community for more than two decades, both have decided to put away their fire gear and enjoy some much deserved R&R time– indefinitely. On behalf of everyone in the EPFD, thank…

Well Connected Responders

New to Customer Service by Phone? If over-the-phone customer service is new to you, you’ll discover new challenges. Veteran telephone customer service employees have some advice. One piece is to avoid reacting emotionally—it may be easier to react to antagonism when you are aided by the anonymity and distance that embolden an irate customer. Try…

Delivering Words of Encouragement

The holidays are all about spreading cheer and joy to others so that is exactly what EPFD did for a young boy who was diagnosed with Hurthle cell cancer earlier this year. When Station 37 found out about 16-year-old David Hernandez’s diagnosis, they contacted EPFD’s Public Information Office to see what could be done to…