02/25/2016, by Chief Smith (Burn Ban Update)
08/16/15, by Chief Smith (Free Smoke Detector Program, on the Fire Safety page)
10/9/16 by Chief Adler (2015 Run Stats Entered) 10/10/16 Apparatus page updated, and Officer listing updated
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BURN BAN EXTENDED
Effective 5 January 2016, the El Paso County Commissioners Court voted to extend the outdoor burning ban for an additional 90 days, until April 2016. 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).
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.
close call on 12/08
After noticing the lights kept going off, after 3 resets of the breaker, the owner heard a buzzing sound and started to smell smoke. He called 911 and got outside. WVFD arrived and made entry to the attic. Fire was quickly extinguished before having a chance to consume the unprotected structural members.
WVFD Receives 29,000.00 dollar grant
See press release for more info.
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".