Fighting fires at EPCC Fire Tech Academy

October 16, 2018

On Oct. 9 El Paso Community College opened a new Fire Technology Academy Training Facility, the new facility will allow the Fire Tech students to train in a place where they are able to get actual hands on experience to get a feel on what to expect when becoming firefighters. 


 El Paso Community College’s Fire Technology Academy is one example of our many programs that support the basic infrastructure of our city, promotes economic growth in our region and ensures the safety of every person in our region by training students to save lives. 




Fire Tech students to train in a place where they are able to get hands on

experience on what to expect when becoming firefighters.




“The Fire Technology Academy Training Facility is an example of how EPCC provides high-quality and affordable instruction,” Steve Smith, Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education said.


 “EPCC is training workers with the skills to sustain and improve quality of life in our region.” Fire Technology is able to provide an educational program within the field to prepare students for a career in fire services and satisfies the educational requirements of the various fire service and related fields in our community. 


It also satisfies the needs of the student population knowing that they have an opportunity to take such a path in their career right at EPCC, and is gives educational standards that are applicable to many agencies. 


Program Director Richard Bahena has said that the program is important in helping to build El Paso’s fire department, which currently is in need of more firefighters. 


The Fire Tech Program is a fast track for those students who want to become firefighters and save many lives. 

The new facility has helped many students get on their path faster with the right equipment and space. 


When passing by outside by the portables  you can see how these students have so much more than what they have had in the past. 


They now have three fire trucks and many sets to get that hands-on experience when knowing how to deal with real fire and rescue situations. 


“The students trained at this facility have committed to a career of saving lives and helping individuals in our community stay safe,” Myshie Pagel, Dean of Career and Technology Education. 


Regional fire departments look to EPCC to provide training for their departments. EPCC strengthens community trust and confidence by aligning with regional workforce demands.


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