Grand Opening of 911 Center

The 911 center of El Paso has found a new home.  The project is a retrofit of an existing, 100,000-square-foot Technology Building from the El Paso County District’s 911 Regional Communications Center. The new facility consists of a Data Center, Call Center, Emergency Command Center, Training, Office, Gym and Joint Operations Command spaces. The district provides…

EPFD Members Deploy to Houston for Harvey Relief

By Captain Kristian Menendez On Aug. 27, the El Paso Fire Department received a call to deploy with Texas Task Force 1 to assist with Hurricane Harvey. This was going to be the largest water event Texas had ever experienced. A squad of six Water Rescue members: myself, Lt. Brandon Kovach, Lt. Ryan Dubord, FST…

Lt. Parker named 2017 Firefighter of the Year

At the conclusion of the Medal Day ceremony on Aug. 24, only one award remained: 2017 Firefighter of the Year. FF Iuzuny Garcia, FST Carl Frede, Lt. Dennis Huff and Lt. Divenus Parker were the finalists. Ultimately, the title went go Parker. According to the Awards Committee, Parker’s track record over 30 years, along with her…

EPFD honors lifesaving efforts at 8th annual Medal Day

For outstanding service, a distinct group of firefighters and two civilians (including one given posthumously) were honored in the annual Medal Day Ceremony on Aug. 24 at the El Paso Community College Auditorium, located at 9050 Viscount Blvd. Additionally, the Firefighter of the Year was named. The recognition also included four Firefighter of the Quarter Awards, two…

Communications Supervisor honored for 25 years of service

For 25 years of service to the citizens of El Paso, Communications Supervisor Rodolfo “Rudy” Armendariz was honored by City Manager Tommy Gonzalez, Mayor Dee Margo and the City Council meeting on Aug. 22. He also received a service pin and a plaque. Armendariz started with El Paso Water Utilities on April 27, 1992. He…

UTEP Athletics visits six Fire Stations

To help promote the upcoming Hometown Heroes Night football home opener, members of the UTEP Cheerleaders and Paydirt Pete visited six fire stations between Aug. 14-16. The Miners brought the crews the traditional ice cream, as well as UTEP key chains, pens and rally towels. We are honored to provide a platform to recognize public…

Parker named Firefighter of the Fourth Quarter

On Aug. 14, the Awards Committee descended upon Station 37 to bestow Lt. Divenus Parker the Firefighter of the Fourth Quarter Award. Parker was honored as a result of her illustrious 30-year career, first with El Paso EMS and then after cross-training as a Firefighter, as an officer for the El Paso Fire Department. She has also served the…

Fourteen Firefighters are Honored on their Promotions

To honor the countless hours of study, preparation, months and years of sacrifice, the El Paso Fire Department honored 11 firefighters who were promoted in rank at a Promotion Ceremony on Aug. 3 at the Firefighters Hall. Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino was the Keynote Speaker. Honored at the ceremony were FSTs Mark Avalos, Jake Canavan, Ivan…

Are you out of gas?

During the 1930s, a researcher by the name of Selye described what he referred to as the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). Selye was interested in the long-term effects of chronic or constant activation and he is credited with first using the term stress to describe influences from the environment that triggers the body’s biological fight, flight or freeze response….

So-called ‘healthy’ conflict leads to innovation

By Ave Rio of clomedia.com To reach our full potential, we need a little more conflict in our lives, provided it comes with productive dialogue. I don’t believe as a society we have truly learned how to have difficult conversations,” said Doug Upchurch, chief learning architect at Insights. “And it’s in part because of that,…