Odessa Fire Rescue
The City of Odessa Fire Rescue Administration provides critical support, management, and training activities for OFR and its Divisions. These include:
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Fire Marshal's Division/Inspection
- Fire Suppression
OFR and its Administration are committed to providing the City of Odessa with the very best in fire prevention, fire education, suppression, training and emergency response.
The Assistant Chief of Administration, Ben Marts, serves as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Odessa, Goldsmith and Ector County.
The Emergency Management Coordinator for all of Ector County, including the City of Odessa and Goldsmith is Wes Carta.
Local Emergency Planning Committee
The Office of Emergency Management is active in numerous disaster preparedness groups and committees including the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Odessa Fire Rescue collects the Tier II Chemical Inventory Reports for the local LEPC.
You may submit a Tier II report electronically by emailing the Emergency Management Coordinator.
Odessa Fire Rescue regularly conducts disaster exercises with its community partners. If your organization would like to schedule an exercise you may contact the Emergency Management Coordinator.
Odessa Fire Rescue has been the emergency medical service provider for the City of Odessa and Ector County since 1973. EMS services are provided under the direction of our Medical Directors Dr. Gregory Shipkey and Dr. Sudip Bose, who are world-class emergency room physicians. All members of Odessa Fire Rescue are required to be Texas Department of State Health Services certified Paramedics. We currently operate nine front-line Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances and nine paramedic-staffed fire engines. Odessa Fire Rescue also runs a rapid response unit (squad) staffed with two providers to provide timely responses to medical emergencies. Our coverage area is approximately 904 square miles and we serve a population of 200,000. Odessa Fire Rescue responds to approximately 20,000 Emergency incidents per year.
An engine will run with an ambulance on the majority of calls in the Department's coverage area. There are a number of reasons for this. Often an ambulance is out of its station when the call comes in, usually either on or returning from another call. The engine can get there quicker and begin treatment before the arrival of the ambulance. This is the reason for staffing a paramedic on all engines. Other reasons include assistance with patient handling, hauling equipment, and scene control. Having more than two people to assist with moving patients helps to reduce back injuries and helps keep the city's worker's compensation costs down.
EMS Training Division
The EMS Training Division is dedicated to keeping the clinical proficiency of Odessa Fire Rescue personnel at the highest level. The Training Division uses a hybrid model of online and classroom training to maintain certification necessities, to provide the most up-to-date information regarding patient care, and provide information on issues affecting the EMS community.
Odessa Fire Rescue achieved the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award in 2019 and has received it annually ever since. This Cardiac care accreditation is the highest-level award that an EMS agency can receive.
OFR was voted EMS Provider of the Year in 1998 and 1999 for the Texas "J" Region, which extends south from Andrews to Terlingua, and west from Coahoma to Pecos.
In 1970, the City of Odessa was the first city in the state to provide a 911 emergency dialing system.
In 1972, the City of Odessa was the first in the state to provide the Jaws of Life. Odessa was also the first city in the state to have state-certified ambulances.
Odessa Fire Rescue was one of the first providers in the state to adopt a therapeutic hypothermic protocol. The Department has worked closely with area hospitals to create successful STEMI and Stroke programs. The STEMI program has earned Gold recognition status from the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline organization has awarded Odessa Fire Rescue the Gold award in 2018 and the Gold Plus award in 2109 and 2020 for the best possible Cardiac (STEMI)/heart attack EMS patient care and outcomes.
Dr. Sudip Bose
Dr. Bose is one of America's most experienced doctors on mass casualty, disaster care, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From his experience in the ER and on the battlefield during some of the nation's most critical moments, he is skilled in navigating crises with control, vision, and preparation. Today he serves as Medical Director for Odessa, helping our city expertly respond to crisis events, expand access to healthcare, and keep our community healthy. For more information on Dr. Sudip Bose, visit DocBose.com.
Odessa Fire Rescue is taking applications for the 2024 EMS Lifeline service.
Odessa is located in Ector County in sunny West Texas, just east of the southeastern corner of New Mexico, at an elevation of 2900 feet and has a City population of 112,493 and a total county population of 161,091. Ector County covers 904 square miles with 36.8 square miles being incorporated city.
Fire Suppression Personnel
The Odessa Fire Rescue (OFR) has 216 full time suppression personnel. There are 6 Battalion Chiefs, 6 Division Captains, 27 Station Captains, 27 Engineers, and 150 Firefighters that are full-time paid and work a three-platoon system. The total number of firefighters currently employed consists of licensed paramedics, certified paramedics, and certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Between the 9 fire stations, OFR responds to over 21,000 runs per year.
The Odessa Fire Rescue is equipped with 9 engines, 3 of which are 105 foot aerials. All 9 engines are staffed with 4 personnel. Paramedics are required for each crew. All engines and aerials are Advance Life Support (ALS) equipped and are first responders on emergency medical services (EMS) calls. OFR runs 9 full-time ambulances, staffed with a minimum of 2 EMS personnel.
For the purpose of wildland firefighting, the OFR maintains 3 tenders each carrying between 2500 to 3000 gallons of water and a foam system. 2 reserve engines and 3 reserve ambulances are available if needed.
Hazardous Materials Response Unit
OFR houses a specially equipped Hazardous Materials Response Unit and a trained response team. There are currently members of OFR certified at the Hazmat Specialist, Technician, and Operations level. In addition, we also have high angle, confined space, and water rescue teams with an equipped response unit.
Goals for the 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 Policies and Procedures to meet the "best practices" approach in operations
- Seek new ways to improve the service delivery in the community through operational readiness
"Kids Are the Key"
Looking for something to do online? Well come on in and check out some fun coloring pages. You can color them any way you want and then print them out. You can also print them out and then color them with crayons. There are 3 designs to choose from and they are brought to you by Sparky, the fire dog!
- Fire Safety for Kids Coloring Book (PDF)
- Skating Sparky Coloring (PDF)
- Sparky Says Stop Drop and Roll (PDF)
Public Education and Safety Programs
Odessa Fire Rescue (OFR) is dedicated to protecting the community through public education. OFR provides several programs for preschool-aged children through senior citizens. Some of these programs include:
Fire Prevention Week: Fire Prevention Week is the first week of October, and fire personnel present programs to kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders in public and private school, in addition to several early education centers
Fire Station Tours: the public is welcome to tour any of our 9 fire stations
Fire Safety House: fire personnel utilize the Fire Safety House to educate 3rd grade students about home fire safety and emergency escape plans; the Fire Safety House is scheduled for public and private schools
Demonstration House: this exciting education tool is a 3 foot by 3 foot model home used to demonstrate home hazards and emergency plans; the house is equipped with smoke to demonstrate hazards and appropriate safety steps
Safety Demonstration Programs
Safety Demonstration programs include:
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) demonstrations
Evacuation Drills and Preparation
To schedule programs or tours, contact the Fire Marshal's Office by calling 432-257-0526.
Smoke Detector Program
Working smoke detectors save lives! Odessa Fire Rescue has a smoke detector program to assist homeowners of Odessa and Ector County who do not have a working smoke detector. A member of the OFR will install a working smoke detector, at no charge to the owner. Contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 432-257-0526 for additional information.
- Maintain working smoke detectors by changing the battery twice a year and keeping the detectors clear of dust.
- Note: the State of Texas requires the owner or agent of rental property to install a working smoke detector.
The Training Division is comprised of a Training Chief and 3 on-shift Division Captains. The Training Division provides monthly fire and emergency medical services (EMS) training for Department personnel. The Training Division also provides additional outside training opportunities for specific needs within the Department.
The Odessa Fire Rescue training facility is located at 3001 S Dixie. It includes a classroom, drill tower, and a Fire Facilities Fire Training Building. It also has the required facilities for simulated extrication and confined space rescue.
Areas of Responsibility
- Continuing Education (CE): training and tracking of CE is provided for all members of the Department
- Testing: the Training Division oversees and provides all testing for promotion and new hires
- ISO: the Training Division oversees the collection and documentation of fire and technical rescue training hours to meet ISO recommendations
If you would like more information on fire or EMS CE classes offered by Odessa Fire Rescue you may email Training Chief Menchaca.