Emergency Services Division
On behalf of all the professional First Responders in the Emergency Services Division (ESD) I would like to welcome you to our webpage. The Emergency Services Division is responsible for coordinating forest and prairie fire response, fire investigations in unincorporated county areas, search and rescue, hazardous material response, and for operating the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
To support each of these statutory requirements, the Emergency Services Division is supported by the El Paso County Search and Rescue, the Sheriff's Hazardous Material Response Team, the El Paso County Wildland Fire Team, and the Sheriff's Fire Investigation's Team. These Teams are supported by over 150 volunteer responders who are dedicated professionals in their career fields. The Emergency Operations Center is currently located at 101 West Costilla, with a new building planned for in 2014, which will combine all of the ESD resources under one roof. The EOC provides for the coordination of all requirements for any emergency or disaster that affects the County. The Emergency Operations Center is also supported by the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency (RACES) who are amateur radio operators that provide backup and augmented radio communications to the Emergency Operations Center.
Citizens Emergency Response Training (CERT)
In the event of a major disaster, your county law enforcement, fire services, and emergency services resources could be stretched beyond their capabilities. As a County we want our citizens to be prepared to face any situation that may affect their lives. Being prepared to be self sufficient for the the first 72 hours following a disaster of any kind is the goal and reason for the CERT program. The Sheriff has directed the ESD to design and implement the CERT program to accomplish the the goal of enhancing the safety of all El Paso County citizens.
For those interested in the disaster and emergency preparedness classes please refer to our Citizens Emergency Response Training (CERT) program. This training is offered approximately four times per year starting in January 2014, available to the general public, businesses, faith based organizations, and various clubs to participate, all at no cost to you.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these teams, or for more information concerning the Emergency Services Division please contact us at (719) 575-8400. Acceptance on these teams requires a background investigation and the willingness to volunteer many hours for training and response operations.