12/22/20, by Chief Smith (Blood Drive Challenge)
9/1/20, by Chief Adler (Burn Ban Update)
4/01/20, by Chief Smith (Indefinite Training Moratorium)
3/10/20, by Chief Smith (New Officer Bio's Added)
7/21/19, by Chief Adler (2017,2018 Run Stats Entered)
08/16/15, by Chief Smith (Free Smoke Detector Program, on the Fire Safety page)
12/9/2017 Apparatus page updated, and Officer listing updated
Fueled by Fire/ Driven by Blood!
Please join us for the “Fueled by Fire, Driven by Blood” challenge! During the holiday season, one of the last things we tend to think about is donating blood. To help bolster the on-hand supply in the local area, all local County Fire Departments will soon be conducting a blood drive. The Department who’s drive results in the most blood collected will receive a traveling trophy and—more importantly—bragging rights! Obviously, I am confident the West Valley FD will come out ahead, but regardless of who does get the trophy, the real winners will be the patients in need of this life-saving liquid!
Our blood drive will be held on Saturday, 6 February 2021. I will update this story once we begin accepting reservations—we would appreciate your support! If for whatever reason you will not be able to donate blood, you can still help by passing this information along to your friends and family. Thank you!
INDEFINITE TRAINING SUSPENSION
n response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the West Valley Fire Department will be curtailing classroom and hands-on training until further notice. Once the county-wide lockdown order has been rescinded, a determination will be made as to when training will resume. Until then, please stay tuned, stay safe, and stay home!
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BURN BAN EXTENDED
Effective 9/1/20, the El Paso County Commissioners Court voted to extend the outdoor burning ban for an additional 90 days, until 12/1/20. ALL out door burning is prohibited with the exception of those activities specifically authorized and permitted by the TCEQ for fire fighter training, public utility, natural gas pipeline, or mining operations, planting or harvesting of agriculture crops, and prescribed burn management pursuant to Texas Local Government Code 352.081 (f). and excepting agricultural burning authorized by and for which a permit has been obtained from the Fire Marshal of an Emergency Services District located in the County of El Paso. To obtain such a permit please visit www.epcountyesd2.org or call 915-851-0304
Please abide by local ordinances or county burn bans in your area that regulate burning to avoid penalties or fines. A violation of the burn ban order in unincorporated areas of El Paso County is a class C misdemeanor.
ISO re-evaluated the WVFD
ISO has finally released their grading of the West Valley Volunteer Fire Department. I'm very pleased to Announce that we are now a ISO Class 2 Fire Department. The last time this department was graded was in 2005 to which we received a class 4 rating. Before that in 1998 we received a 6/9 rating. There are over 45,000 fire departments in the United States, which are paid and volunteer. Of this total number of fire departments only 57 are ISO Class 1. ISO Class 2 accounts for only 659 Departments. This has been a tremendous accomplishment for the Community, and will result in lower insurance rates for both residential and commercial owners in our coverage area. This change officially takes effect on 02/01/2013. Please feel free to print the attached form and submit to your insurance company to receive your reduced insurance premium.
Texas Commission on Fire Protection Academy
The West Valley Fire Department is recognized as a TCFP Certified Training Facility for the following courses: Basic Firefighter, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer, and Driver/Operator-Pumper.
BURN TOWER TRAINING
Check out West Valley and other local Firefighters honing their skills in live fire training. Click on "Photo Gallery" and then "Fire Training".