DWI – NOT COOL

The El Paso Police Department would like to offer the following tips to prevent Driving While Intoxicated:   Don’t Drink and Drive ·         Have a non-drinking/responsible designated driver ·         Use a Taxi for a ride home                 (less expensive than expenses related to DWI arrest) ·         Use a rideshare home                          (less expensive that expenses related to DWI arrest) ·         Call a…

Paramedic Class 5 Graduation

Last night, the EPFD celebrated the graduation of 13 new Paramedics. During the ceremony, University Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services Outreach Coordinator and former EPFD Lieutenant and Paramedic, Don Janes, shared some of his experiences and wisdom with Paramedic Class 5. LT. Willie Langfeltdt and FF Iuzuny Garcia presented graduates Christian Bilbo and Nicholas Guzman…

Fire Lieutenant Job Announcement

Starting today, and until January 25th, Human Resources is accepting applications to promote to the rank of Lieutenant. To apply, click here. Requirements Candidate must have five (5) years of firefighting, fire prevention, or fire medical experience with the El Paso Fire Department including five (5) years of state certified structural firefighting, and two and…

2018 Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus would like to thank everyone for their efforts in making this year a success. If you didn’t know, the El Paso Fire Department was able to help out 245 families and over 400 children this year get a present for the Holidays through Operation Santa Claus. Here are some pictures of the…

Research . . . Social Media Causes Depression

There has been quite a bit of research on the adverse impacts of social media on well-being. The most recent research focused on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. With more social media use, symptoms of depression are likely to occur. And those who are already depressed can expect the condition to worsen with more social media…

New Physical Activity Guidelines

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention has released its updated “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.” Only 26% of men, 19% of women, and 20% of adolescents meet these recommendations. For adults, that’s 150 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and two days of muscle-strengthening activity. Will you have a New Year’s resolution focused…

Emotional Intelligence

I know about emotional intelligence and its importance in workplace communication and in maintaining productive relationships, but how do I know if I have issues or gaps in this soft skill? Is there a test? Can the EAP help improve my EI? There are many resources online that discuss emotional intelligence, test it, and promote…

Don’t Fear the Promotion

I have moved up rapidly in my career and fear that I am not prepared for so much responsibility so quickly. I should be, but it does not feel that way. My big worry is being at a meeting and senior management suddenly realizing I am not qualified for this job! Your fears may be…

Depression??

In the 23 years that I have been a supervisor, I have never seen an employee with depression. Aren’t they supposed to look sad, dejected, down in the dumps? I’ve read there are millions of adults with depression. So what am I missing? You are describing symptoms of sadness or the blues, but not necessarily…

Enthusiasm Is Contagious

We all want to work around people who are enthusiastic. Like all attitudes— even negative ones—enthusiasm is contagious. Enthusiasm’s ability to buoy others makes it a soft skill valued by employers. You can’t fake enthusiasm. So how do you maintain real enthusiasm when stress and job strain rule? Don’t see enthusiasm as a temporary state…