Emergency Services Division:
On behalf of all the professional First Responders in the Emergency Services Division I would like to welcome you to our webpage. The Emergency Services Division is responsible for search and rescue, hazardous material response, fire investigation, coordinating forest and prairie fire response, and for operating the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The Emergency Services Division is also responsible for providing public education for disaster and emergency preparedness.
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. Each of these teams is supported by over 150 volunteer responders who are dedicated professionals in their career fields. The Emergency Operations Center is located at 101 West Costilla and provides for the coordination of all requirements for any emergency or disaster that affects the County. The Emergency Operations Center is 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.
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 to the general public but we also welcome businesses, faith based organizations, and various clubs to contact us for special CERT classes for your organization.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these teams 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.
Emergency Evacuation Registry:
The Emergency Evacuation Registry is a tool to help plan for evacuation in case of an emergency. The Registry is a database designed to help First Responders identify people who may not be able to evacuate without assistance during an emergency. The Registry is for El Paso County residents who have some type of condition or impairment that would limit their ability to safely evacuate their home in a time of emergency. Call the United Way at 2-1-1 to register.
If you have more questions about the Emergency Evacuation Registry click here to download a guide with Frequently Asked Questions.
To find out more about the Emergency Services Division, click on any of the links located below.