CITY OF EL PASO OPERATIONAL HOURS:
Mon-Thurs, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Closed Fridays
Emergency Operations Response
Fire Operations Divisions
Rafael Reyes
Deputy Chief
'A' Shift
Al Talavera
Deputy Chief
'B' Shift
Chris Celaya
Deputy Chief
'C' Shift
Fire Operations is responsible for the emergency response of the Fire Department. The section consists of three shifts of firefighters that work twenty-four hour shifts and medics that work twelve hour shifts.

Apparatus (first line)
  • Squads 1
  • Pumpers 31
  • Quints 9
  • Battalions 6
  • Ladders 5
  • Haz/Mat 1
  • Ambulances 30

Typical Response for Fire Incidents

Single or Double Response
Most fire department responses are handled by either one or two units. These types of incidents include most grass fires, dumpster fires, vehicle fires, medical emergencies, etc. When the incident involves a higher hazard, the number of fire units responding increases proportionately.

Primary Response
A Primary Response (also known as a 3:1:1:1) is sent for most larger incidents such as a structure fire. All primary responses will be assigned, at a minimum, 3 Pumpers (Engines), 1 Aerial, 1 Rescue and 1 Battalion unit are sent.

Full Response
A Full Response (also known as a 4:2:2:2) is sent when the fire is significant in intensity, magnitude, or scope and will require resources or equipment beyond the capabilities of the primary response. All full responses will be assigned, at a minimum, 4 Pumpers, 2 Aerials, 2 ambulances (one being a Rescue) and 2 Battalion Units are dispatched.

Multiple Alarms
A multiple alarm is when additional resources are sent to the same location of a previous full response. These are generally very large incidents (usually fires) where additional staffing and units are required.