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EPFD hiring Public Safety Communicator Trainees

On Friday, officials with the El Paso Fire Department announced that they are now accepting applications for Public Safety Communicator Trainees through August 15, 2019.

Public Safety Communicators process emergency and non-emergency telephone calls and dispatch, monitor, and coordinate activities of emergency personnel (police, fire and medical) using a multi-channel radio system and a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.

Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, and two years of general work experience with at least one year involving public contact. Spanish is not required for hiring but may be a requirement depending on which function is assigned. Non-Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

To learn more and apply, interested individuals should visit this website. Selected candidates will go through a paid six-month training period earning $14.65 an hour.

EPFD officials say that upon completion of the training period, trainees will be promoted to Public Safety Communicator starting at $34,537 annually.

To learn more about the Fire Department, the public is encouraged to visit EPFD website, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

El Paso Fire Department, Animal Services team up to help reconnect lost pets

The El Paso Fire Department and El Paso Animal Services are collaborating once again to help keep pets in their home, and out of the animal shelter.

All 34 fire stations in El Paso now have the capability to assist residents who find a lost pet by scanning the animal for a microchip.

Animal Services and the Fire Department want the community to be aware of this helpful resource as the Fourth of July holiday nears, which historically marks the peak period for lost pets in the El Paso region.

Last year, more than 2,800 animals entered the Animal Services Center during the month of July.

This first-of-its-kind collaborative aims at quickly reconnecting lost pets with their owners, preventing the need to bring a lost animal to an already crowded shelter.

Animal Services provided each station with a microchip scanner, and the Fire Department trained their station personnel on how to properly scan for a chip.

With fire stations conveniently located in neighborhoods, residents now have the opportunity to easily scan a lost pet for a microchip 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition, residents can also scan a pet at the Safety Health Outreach Center at 5415 Trowbridge, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A list of all fire station locations is below, and there is another at the EPFD website and click on the “About Us” tab.

El Paso Fire Department to again host Summer Youth Camp

The El Paso Fire Department is offering a unique opportunity for local youth to gain understanding of fire and life safety issues while developing valuable skills.

Via their Summer Youth Camp, participants will learn about the El Paso Fire Department, search and rescue operations, team-building skills, and become advocates for safety.

The Summer Youth Camp is limited to 20 students between the ages of 13-17. Preference will be given to those who have not attended the camp previously. Campers will be chosen on the basis of their suitability for the program, as will be determined by the application found at youth.elpasofire.org .

EPFD officials share that learning at the Summer Youth Camp is “highly interactive and hands-on in nature. Most activities are conducted in pairs or teams, in which the campers must work together and rely on each other to succeed.”

They add that the nature of the activities and the locations where they are conducted require campers to follow explicit rules in order to ensure everyone’s safety. Campers should wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen and closed toed shoes, no sandals.

The Summer Youth Camp is free and will run from 8 AM – 1PM, July 17 thru July 19. All activities will be held at the El Paso Fire Department’s Training Academy.

Applications should be submitted to the Training Academy located at 6800 Delta Drive, inside Ascarate Park, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The final deadline to submit applications is June 15, 2019.

To learn more the Fire Department and receive updates, resident are encouraged to visit elpasofire.org and follow the Department’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Video+Story: EPFD Fleet Among the Best in the Nation for Second Consecutive Year

The National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute recognized the City of El Paso’s Fire Department Fleet Maintenance division as one of 2019’s 100 Best Fleets in the Americas.

“This award provides an opportunity to showcase the exceptional work, and the higher standard the Fire Department Logistics division is delivering to our community. It’s not a coincidence that our Logistics team has been recognized for a second year in a row,” Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino said. “This is a team of professionals and this award reaffirms​ it”.

This is the second consecutive year that the EPFD’s fleet is honored with this recognition.

“This recognition speaks to the Fire Department’s ongoing commitment to provide efficient services to the residents of El Paso and their perseverance to the City’s vision of having safe and beautiful neighborhoods,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

The El Paso Fire Department’s staffing, resources, focus on preventative maintenance, and around the clock service capabilities distinguished the Department from other organizations.

Currently, the Department operates and maintains 162 vehicles. Each of the units receives regularly scheduled preventative maintenance, in addition to a full annual service increasing the fleet’s reliability.

In the past year, the Fire Department has added six new units to the fleet, with several more coming down the line.

To view the full list of winners, visit: National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute

The 100 Best Fleets program recognizes and rewards peak performing fleet operations in North America. Currently, in its twentieth year, 100 Best Fleets identifies and encourages ever-increasing levels of performance improvement within the fleet industry.

Video+Info: El Paso Fire Department Hiring Firefighter Trainees

On Thursday, officials with the El Paso Fire Department announced that they are now accepting applications for Firefighter Trainee.

“We are actively seeking qualified candidates who are committed to providing the highest level of service to the El Paso community,” EPFD officials said via a news release.

Applications for “Firefighter Trainee” will be accepted online and selected candidates will go through a paid, 6-month Training Academy, earning $12.65 an hour.   Upon completion of the academy, trainees will be promoted to Firefighter, starting at $40,268.87 annually.

During the hiring process, applicants will be required to pass a written examination, background check, physical fitness testing, interview, and other testing that may be deemed appropriate.

Residents are encouraged to follow the Fire Department on Facebook and Twitter​ to learn more about the Fire Department and receive updates.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Applicants are required to have twenty-four (24) post-secondary semester credit hours in any field of study with a minimum of 2.0 GPA, or at least two years of full-time military service with an honorable discharge
  • Texas Class “C” driver’s license or equivalent from another state

For more information, please visit the EPFD website or the City of El Paso webpage.  The application deadline is March 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM MDT​

El Paso Fire Department Extends Vaccinations For Health Program

The El Paso Fire Department is encouraging the community to take advantage of the Vaccinations for Health program, and to that end, they have extended the program through February.

Via a news release EPFD officials shared, “As the flu season still in full force and the number of flu cases for this year on the rise, the Fire Department is extending the program by adding additional dates on February.”

Vaccinations for Health provides free blood pressure and glucose screenings to patients of any age, free flu vaccines to patients 18 and older, and free pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older.

“The EPFD would like to remind everyone that the vaccinations and health screenings service is free to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County that do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid,” fire officials added.

According to the El Paso Department of Public Health, as of the third week of January, the number of flu cases in El Paso is 661; compared to 1,540 at the same time last season.  And just last week, the death of an elderly woman brought the number of flu-related deaths in the area so far this season to three.

Wednesday, February 6: EPFD Safety, Health, and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Tuesday, February 13: Wellington Chew Senior Center, 4430 Maxwell Ave. from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.

Wednesday, February 20: EPFD Safety, Health, and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 4:30PM

Wednesday, February 27: EPFD Safety, Health, and Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

In addition to the flu vaccine, public health officials remind the public to practice the four C’s in order to help reduce the incidence of infection.

  1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  2. COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
  3. CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.
  4. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

For more information about the vaccination clinics, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or visit their website or the same site in Spanish.

To learn more about flu prevention, flu surveillance and additional health resources, visit the City of El Paso Department of Public Health websites at ephealth.com and epsalud.com​.

EPFD, Animal Services Announce New “Firefighters and Furry Friends” Calendar

El Paso Animal Services and the El Paso Fire Department are excited to announce the availability of the new “Firefighters and Furry Friends” 2019 calendar.

The calendar, which features 26 firefighters and 25 adoptable pets, includes two free adoption vouchers with each purchase. The proceeds from the calendar will help Animal Services continue to provide reduced-fee adoption events throughout the year.

The calendar began as a partnership between the two departments in 2016 to raise awareness of the thousands of lovable pets that come into the Animal Services Center every year, but it also give thanks to the brave men and women that save lives every day.

The calendar project has since expanded to a weekly social media feature titled “EPFD Furry Fridays” that highlights a member of the Fire Department and an adoptable pet from Animal Services.

The calendar was made possible through a collaboration between El Paso Animal Services, the El Paso Fire Department, the International Association of Fire Fighters-Local 51, the City Manager’s Office and the Snaps for Shelters organization.

The community can purchase their copies of the “Firefighters and Furry Friends” calendar for just $10 at the Animal Services Center, at 5001 Fred Wilson, or at the Fire Department Headquarters, at 416 North Stanton (2nd floor).

EPFD Hiring Public Safety Communicator Trainees

The El Paso Fire Department is accepting applications for Public Safety Communicator Trainees until December 6, 2018.

Public Safety Communicators process emergency and non-emergency telephone calls and dispatch, monitor, and coordinate activities of emergency personnel (police, fire and medical) using a multi-channel radio system and a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.

Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and two years of general work experience, with at least one year involving public contact.

EPFD offials say Spanish is not required for hiring, but may be a requirement depending on which function is assigned. Non-Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

Selected candidates will go through a paid, six-month training period earning $14.65 an hour.  Upon completion of the training period, trainees will be promoted to Public Safety Communicator, starting at $34,537 annually.

To learn more and apply, interested individuals should visit join.elpasofire.org.

To learn more about the Fire Department, the public is encouraged to visit elpasofire.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

EPFD Donates Rescue Unit to Small Town in Chihuahua

On Tuesday, Mayor Dee Margo and the City Council, authorized the El Paso Fire Department (EPFD) to donate a Rescue Unit to the town of Janos, in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Via their Facebook page, EPFD officials say the donated rescue unit is a 21-year-old vehicle that was no longer in service in El Paso, but can still be put to use for more years if proper maintenance is kept.

Janos, a small town with population of nearly 3,000 people, did not have an ambulance for their medical needs.

Before the donation,  the only way to get emergency medical care was to call a nearby town and waiting a minimum of 1 hour for EMTs to arrive.

“The Fire Department maintains an award-winning fleet with national recognition, and top of the line maintenance crews,” EPFD officials added.

“On average, units in the EPFD are replaced every 10 years with state-of-the-art units that help us maintain our community safe.”

In the past, the EPFD has donated units it no longer uses to different Departments across Texas, New Mexico and, in some instances, Chihuahua.

El Paso Fire Department Hiring Firefighter Trainees

The El Paso Fire Department will be accepting applications for Firefighter Trainee starting on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Via a news release, EPFD officials shared, “We are actively seeking qualified candidates who are committed to providing the highest level of service to the El Paso community.”

The application deadline is August 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM MDT​.  Applications will be accepted online.

Selected candidates will go through a paid, 6-month Training Academy, earning $12.65 an hour.  Upon completion of the academy, trainees will be promoted to Firefighter, starting at $40,268.87 annually.

During the hiring process, applicants will be required to pass a written examination, background check, physical fitness testing, interview, and other testing that may be deemed appropriate.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Applicants are required to have twenty-four (24) post-secondary semester credit hours in any field of study with a minimum of 2.0 GPA, or at least two years of full-time military service with an honorable discharge
  • Texas Class “C” driver’s license or equivalent from another state

For more information, please visit www.epfire.org or www.elpasotexas.gov/human-resources.

EPFD Fleet Among the Best in the Nation, Only Fire Department Recognized

The National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute recognized the City of El Paso’s Fire Department Fleet Maintenance division as one of 2018’s 100 Best Fleets in the Americas.

“I applaud the Fire Department for receiving another well-deserved recognition,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.  “The Department’s continued efforts to enhance operations and provide the best services possible is an example of a high-performing organization that is focused on the community it serves.”

The El Paso Fire Department is the only Fire Department in the nation included on the list of Best Fleets in the Americas. EPFD’s staffing, resources, focus on preventative maintenance, and around the clock service capabilities, distinguish the Department from other organizations.

Currently, the Department operates and maintains 162 vehicles. Each of the units receives three regular services a year, in addition to a full annual service, increasing the fleet’s reliability. Recently, two new pumper units entered the fleet, and three more apparatus will join the fleet this year.

Additionally, new procedures are being implemented that will help reduce fire truck downtime by receiving oil changes at their stations.

The 100 Best Fleets program recognizes and rewards peak performing fleet operations in North America. Currently, in its sixteenth year, 100 Best Fleets identifies and encourages ever-increasing levels of performance improvement within the fleet industry.

For more information on the initiatives and services provided by EPFD, visit us at epfire.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Click here to view the full list of winners.

EPFD Reminds Residents about Free Smoke Alarm Program

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms.

Properly working smoke alarms can provide people with early warnings that can mean a difference between life and death when evacuating from a fire.

The El Paso Fire Department Fire Prevention Division provides, at no cost, smoke detectors, assistance with evacuation plans, home/work safety surveys and fire extinguisher training.

To learn more about the EPFD programs, or to request a free smoke alarm, residents can call 3-1-1, visit epfire.org or contact them via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Additionally, EPFD  has the following safety advice for residents regarding smoke alarms:

  • Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and inside sleeping areas
  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Batteries should be replaced yearly, or as soon as you hear a low-battery warning which usually sounds like a “chirping” noise.
  • Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it.
  • Keep smoke alarms clean by vacuuming over and around it regularly.  Dust and debris can interfere with its operation.
  • Never remove the battery from or disable a smoke alarm. If your smoke alarm is sounding “nuisance alarms”, try locating it further from kitchens or bathrooms.
  • Plan regular fire drills to practice your escape plan ensuring everyone in your home knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.
  • People with hearing impairments can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

 

El Paso Fire Department Receives Key National Paramedic Accreditation

On Friday, the El Paso Fire Department (EPFD) announced they recently received notification from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on its decision to award accreditation to the department’s Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program.

“Being accredited from CAAHEP is another way of enhancing our practices and processes in an effort to provide better services,” said Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino.

“This accreditation is key to strengthening our paramedic program with it we have streamlined how our staff is trained and certified. I’m proud of the department for their dedication to continuous improvement.”

This national accreditation not only reflects EPFD’s commitment to continuous improvement, the accreditation allows the department to certify its own paramedics through a higher quality of training, and this will ensure a higher standard of care for their patients.

In addition to the paramedic accreditation, EPFD has also recently been recognized for its commitment to excellence through its international accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and through its Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Organizations (ISO) on Public Protection.

El Paso Fire Department Hiring Certified Firefighter Trainees

The El Paso Fire Department will be accepting applications for approximately two weeks for Certified Firefighter Trainee starting Friday, January 12, 2018.

Selected candidates will go through a paid, eight-week Training Academy, earning $13.95 an hour.  Upon completion of the academy, trainees will be promoted to Firefighter, starting at $40,268.87 annually.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Applicants are required to have:

  • Twenty-four (24) post-secondary semester credit hours in any field of study with a minimum of 2.0 GPA, or at least two years of full-time military service with an honorable discharge and a high school diploma or GED.   
  • At minimum a Texas State Commission on Fire Protection Basic Structural Certification (TCFP-Basic FF) and Texas Department of State Health Services Basic Emergency Medical Technician Certification (DSHS-EMT-B) at the time of application.

Applications will be accepted online. 

For more information, please visit www.epfire.org.

EPFD, Health Department Announce Free Flu Vaccine Program to Continue Next Year

Due to the overwhelming success of the program, the El Paso Fire Department is proud to announce it will continue the Vaccinations for Health program for another year. Vaccinations for Health is a successful part of the Medicaid Waiver Program.

The program provides free influenza, blood pressure and glucose screenings to patients 18 and older, and pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older.

“The safety and wellness of our community is extremely important to us,” Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino said. “These clinics demonstrate our commitment to the health of the citizens of El Paso and falls in line with the Department’s strategic plans and goals.”

The Fire Department clinics will start again in October at the following locations and times:

  • Saturday Oct. 14: Station 17, 8803 Alameda Ave., 8-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 18: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 25: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-5:30 p.m.

Officials remind residents that, “that the service is free to residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who are 18 and over and do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid.”

“We are encouraging residents who meet these guidelines to take advantage of the program,” officials added, “the goal of the program is to increase the wellness of the community.”

For more information, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or visit www.ephealth.com

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