The Odessa Fire Rescue (OFR) has 168 full time suppression personnel. These 168 are full time paid firefighters, working a 3-platoon system. The total number of firefighters currently employed consists of Licensed Paramedics, Certified Paramedics, Certified EMT’s and Certified ECA’s. Fire fighters work a 24-hours on and 48 hours off shift. OFR has typically responded to over 18,000 calls for service per year.
The city is located in Ector County with a population of 110,720 and a total county population of 149,378. Ector County covers 904 square miles with 36.8 square miles being incorporated city. Odessa is located in Sunny West Texas, just East of the Southeastern corner of New Mexico, at an elevation of 2900 ft.
The Odessa Fire Rescue is equipped with eight (8) engines, two (2) of which are 105 foot aerials. All eight engines are staffed with four personnel. Paramedics are required for each crew. All engines and aerials are Advance Life Support (ALS) equipped and are first responders on EMS calls. OFR runs 8 full time ambulances, staffed with a minimum of two EMS personnel.
OFR houses a specially equipped Hazardous Materials Response Unit and a trained response team. There are currently member of OFR certified at the Haz-mat Technician and Operations level. In addition, we also have a high angle, confined space and water rescue teams with an equipped response unit.
For the purpose of wild land fire fighting the OFR maintains three (3) tankers each carrying anywhere from 2500 to 3000 gallons of water and a foam system. Two (2) reserve engines and three (3) reserve ambulances are available if needed.
Goals for Suppression Division
- Maintain operational readiness through training on various disciplines in both Fire and EMS.
- Communicate, educate and remain active in the "16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives," to reduce injuries and/or fatalities in the department.
- Maintain readiness on mutual aid development for the Incident Management Team.
- Maintain collaboration and coordination with other city departments and organizations around the community, and continue the alliance with Ector County Volunteer Fire Departments and Midland Fire Department.
- Implement/Update Standard Operating Guidelines to meet the "Best Practices" approach in operations.
- Seek new ways to improve the service delivery in the community through operational readiness.