Fire dept. pushes to recruit more female firefighters
In an effort to better accommodate the growing number, the fire department is currently upgrading their living quarters
EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso Fire Department currently has 18 female firefighters out of a total of 850 firefighters, that's 2 percent of the department. They have a plan to boost that number and improve life for that 2 percent.
Carlos Briano, a spokesman for the department, told KFOXtv the number of female firefighters has tripled from a decade ago.
"We have been trending upwards," said Briano.
Briano said the department started to see more female firefighters joining the ranks when fire and EMS consolidated.
Firefighter Eliana Torres said she recalls the training as "intense."
"It was very, very intense; very, very demanding," Torres said. "But as long as you don't give up, that's the key."
In an effort to better accommodate the growing number, the fire department is currently upgrading their living quarters.
"As we build new stations, they're designed with female quarters for female firefighters," Briano said. "For older facilities, we're adding them to those older facilities as well."
Briano said there are efforts underway to recruit more women.
For more information on how to apply to become a firefighter, visit the EPFD recruiting website.