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THE SEASON OF GIVING

November 20, 2018 – The St. John Parish Office of Fire Services teamed up with the St. John Department of Health and Human Services to give back to the community this Thanksgiving. We distributed turkey baskets to families in need who lost their homes to fires this year. We know how devastating it can be to lose your home and the holidays can make that even harder. Each family received a basket of a turkey and all the sides for a Thanksgiving dinner.

MAP PROGRAM

October 8, 2018 – St. John the Baptist Parish is now a part of the Motorist Assistance Patrol Program. Our Chief of Operations, Cain Dufrene, was accompanied by Parish President Natalie Robbotom, neighboring Parish Presidents Timmy Roussel and Larry Cochran, DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, former Executive Director of the Regional Planning Commission Walter Brooks, and Louisiana State Police. This patrol program runs on Interstate 10 from Orleans Parish to St. James Parish. The patrols will work side by side with Louisiana State Police and local parish first responders to improve safety along the corridor and to keep traffic flowing smoothly. MAP services are provided from 5:30 am – 7:30 pm, 7 days a week. For motorist assistance, drivers can dial *LSP (*577) from their phones. For emergencies, please dial 911. For more information on the MAP Program, please visit the link below.

http://wwwsp.dotd.la.gov/Inside_LaDOTD/Divisions/Operations/MAP/Pages/default.aspx

PATRIOTIC EMPLOYER

September 25, 2018 – Our Chief of Operations, Cain Dufrene, received a Patriotic Employer Award from Larry Jones, who is the Chair of the Louisiana Committee Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Chief Dufrene was nominated by one of our District Chiefs, Damon Lewis, who is also in the Air Force. Chief Lewis immediately thought that Chief Dufrene would be the perfect candidate for this award because of his professionalism and understanding when District Chief Lewis has to attend Air Force training or deployment. Being in the Air Force while also being employed as a firefighter can be very stressful, especially when you get called to duty and have to worry about having a job when you return. Chief Dufrene made this very easy and clear for Chief Lewis to know that he will always have a job when he returns from protecting our country.

BACK TO SCHOOL

July 21, 2018 – Our guys participated in the annual Backpack Extravaganza recently to prepare the children in the parish to go back to school next month. This event was held at New Wine Christian Fellowship in Laplace and was sponsored by numerous companies in the parish. There were backpacks, school supplies and hygiene kits for the first 900 children. Our department gave out hats, pencils and water bottles with our department logo on them. This was a great opportunity for our guys to interact with the children and inform them with fire safety tips. Our department looks forward to visiting the schools this school year to perform fire prevention classes, show the apparatus and explain to the children how important fire safety is.

SAFETY MONTH

June 6, 2018 – June is National Safety Month, so we teamed up with our local Walmart to talk about safety and answer any questions that the residents of St. John may have. Since summer is here, there are more activities for people to do outside and it’s always helpful to keep some safety tips in mind. Grilling is one of the most popular things to do in the summer but a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. Boating is another popular thing to do in the summer and it’s important to remember that poorly tuned engines produce Carbon Monoxide (CO), so always make sure that your engine is properly maintained. For more summer safety tips, please see the link below.

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets

APRIL SOT TRAINING

April 19, 2018 – Our Special Operations Team trains at least once a quarter to practice their skills and learn new things. Each quarter they focus on a different form of rescuing and the techniques that type of rescuing requires. This month they focused on Barge Rescuing, which involved building anchor systems, building a mechanical advantage, and packaging a patient. It also involved conducting confined space air monitoring, constructing a low angle belay system, and pre planning other possible rescue situations on the docks. This training was an important part to add to our SOT teams skills because of the amount of plants and companies associated with being on barges on the river.

SPENCER CHAUVIN I-10 MEMORIAL DEDICATION

March 26, 2018 – The three mile bridge on I-10 in LaPlace was recently named the “Spencer Chauvin Memorial Bridge” as a tribute to hero and fallen District Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin, who tragically lost his life on this bridge in 2016. A ceremony was held at the St. Andrews Fire Station in commemoration. Special thanks to his wife and children , family, friends, President Robottom, and state delegation for seeing this through to completion. He will never be forgotten.

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME

January 29 2018 – The best time of the year for people of Louisiana has arrived, Mardi Gras! Traditions of parades, Carnival Balls, parties, king cake, and more happen all over the state. St. John the Baptist Parish has two parades roll every year and also Carnival Balls at each school and organization. Our fire department has the privilege of riding in both parades. The parades are the”Towahpahsah” or the Reserve Parade that will be rolling Saturday, February 10th at noon and the “DuMonde Parade” or the LaPlace Parade that will be rolling Sunday, February 11th at 11:00 am.  Both of these parades provide a way for residents of St. John to celebrate the Carnival Season and to spend time with family and friends.

EMT RE-CERTIFICATION

January 16, 2018 – Over the weekend some of our firefighters took an EMT re-certification class at Station 51. We like to keep our personnel updated with the latest information there is. The medical part of being a firefighter is very important because we get a good bit of medical emergencies in St. John Parish. These calls vary from senior citizens to babies. The fire department is usually the first on scene and it is critical that we are equipped with as much medical knowledge and training possible. We want the citizens of this parish to feel safe when we arrive and to know that they are in good hands. 

WINTER FIRE SAFETY

January 3, 2018 – Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January, and February. As this frigid weather stays upon us, it’s important to keep in mind the dangers of home heating and also some tips to keep you and your family safe. Please be mindful to keep items that can burn at least three feet away from any heat source such as fireplaces, wood stoves, and space heaters. If there is an incident at your home, it’s important that our firefighters can see your house number, so please make sure it is visible from the street. Always be prepared in case the power goes out. Have flashlights and battery powered lighting ready instead of candles, to prevent a fire from starting. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is also something very important to be aware of during these cold months. Heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be potential sources of Carbon Monoxide. For more winter fire safety tips, please see the link below.

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/put-a-freeze-on-winter-fires?cmp=Freeze0118

FIREWORK SAFETY

December 29, 2017 – Christmas has come and gone but now it’s time to celebrate the beginning of a New Year. 2018 will be here before we know it and it is important to remember that while fireworks are pretty to look at, they also can be very dangerous. Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures, or even death. Sparklers, which most children enjoy playing with, can be dangerous as well because their temperatures reach higher than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. While lighting fireworks this New Year, please keep a safe distance and make sure you are at least 500 feet away from any hospital, church, nursing home, or school that is occupied. In St. John the Baptist Parish fireworks are allowed on New Year’s Eve from dusk until 1:00 am on New Year’s Day and on New Year’s Day from dusk until 10:00 pm. For more information on firework safety, please see the link below.

http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Fireworks

HIGH RISE OPERATIONS

December 18, 2017 – Four of our firefighters, Mack Beal, Travis Etie, Michael Phillpott, and Nicholas Saale, attended a High Rise Conference and Training in Pensacola, Florida the week of December 11th. The conference was put on by County Fire Tactics and the slogan this year was “Tactics Put Out Fires!”. This class included training about operations in high rise buildings. Even though we only have a few hotels in our Parish, it was very beneficial for our guys to learn how firefighters respond and deal with incidents in these types of buildings. Along with some hands on training, our guys had the chance to listen to various speakers around the country. The speakers included Chiefs, Lieutenants, Captains, and Fire Marshals from New York, Florida, Indiana, California, Texas, and Colorado. We love to see our guys have interests in going out of their comfort zones to experience different training’s like this.

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS 

December 1, 2017 – The holiday season has arrived! It is important to remember important safety tips when decorating the inside and outside of your home, like keeping lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. Also, please remember that some lights are for indoor or outdoor use only, but not both. When entertaining guests this season, please remember to stay in the kitchen while cooking. Please check out the link below for more holiday safety tips!

http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Winter-holiday-safety

FIRE DEPARTMENT BANQUET

November 20, 2017 – We had our annual Fire Department Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 18th. It was a night to have fun and recognize the talent we have in our department. The Service Award for 10 years went to Nicholas Saale, Evan Satterlee, Sean Falcon, Cameron Buccola, Michael Moscona, TJ Bourg, Ponce Taylor, Mack Beal, Eric Whitfield, Travis Etie, and Brandon Levet. The Service Award for 15 years went to Daniel Perret and Timmie Mire. The Service Award for 25 years went to James Allen and 35 years to Doug Brasington. An EMT Award went to Michael Phillpott, James Allen, Travis Etie, Mack Beal, Evan Satterlee, and Eward Deffner. A Lifesaving Awards went to Mack Beal, Michael Phillpott, Edward Deffner, Bobby Hamilton, Justin James, and Adam Burke. The Firefighter of the Year Award went to Edward Simpson and the Responder of the Year Award went to Brandon Levet.

CN MOCK EXERCISE

November 2, 2017 – The St. John Parish Office of Fire Services participated in a CN Mock Exercise on November 1st with various agencies at the Port of Manchac. The drill involved an Amtrak train carrying high school students from Chicago to New Orleans to return home from their senior trip. The train hit a vehicle, which ejected two passengers into the water, and then the vehicle caught fire. Our firefighters role was to put out the vehicle fire and then rescue the students from the Amtrak train. This drill was extremely beneficial to us because it let the guys put their training into a real life situation.

STATION 53 DEDICATION

August 30, 2017 – On August 28, 2016 we lost one of our career firemen, District Chief Spencer Chauvin. The department wanted to dedicate Station 53, where Spencer was stationed, to him for his heroic acts and for putting his life on the line for his friends. We celebrated this one year anniversary by gathering with Spencer’s family and friends while we dedicated the Station to him. Spencer is remembered by John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”.

SWIFT WATER RESCUE TRAINING

May 20, 2017 – St. John Firefighters attended a Swift Water Rescue Training Class to prepare them for Hurricane season. The class involved a presentation the first day at our Garyville Station and an actual hands on training in Mississippi for the remainder of the week. With the many swamps and rivers around us, this class was a positive element to add to our training.

STATION 51 RIBBON CUTTING

May 7, 2017 – Station 51 had its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on May 5th. The building was designed by Sizeler Thompson Brown and constructed by Aegis Construction. This station will provide the department with a quicker response time as well as house apparatus and personnel. This new building has four apparatus bays, four bedrooms, a kitchen, day room, training area, and an exercise room.

HAZMAT TRAINING

April 12, 2017 – We practice our skills on dealing with Hazmat situations quite often. This is important due to the amount of chemical plants we have in the Parish. It is crucial that we know how to respond to these calls because of the severity of hazardous materials.