From our APFD#3-Prairieville Fire family to yours, we wish you a safe and Merry Christmas
Here comes Santa to the Prairieville Fire Department’s response area. We have been asked again this year to assist Santa visiting Prairieville. It is not possible for us to make every street in our response area, so please look at the posted routes and come on out to see Santa when he is close to your house. In an effort to assist the Great Baton Rouge Food Band with donations during this time of year we have setup donation barrels at our fire stations for the Food Bank. Please drop off any nonperishable food items at any of our Fire Stations. We hope to see you out in the area.
Prairieville Fire Department is currently conducting our annual Apparatus Pump test today on Charleston Road at the pond near Hwy 73. The testing is a requirement of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana that we conduct this test annually on all apparatus. Please use caution in the area.
Prairieville Fire Department would like to remind everyone to change your smoke alarm batteries this weekend when you change your clocks. This only takes a few extra minutes and it could save you and your family’s life.
Prairieville Fire Department to host September 11 Memorial Program
Prairieville Fire Department will host its second annual September 11th Memorial Program on Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 9:00 am at Station 30 located at 14517 LA 73 Prairieville, LA 70769. The program will be commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 on that horrible morning 17 years ago. Key note speaker for this year’s program will be Prairieville Fire Department’s Fire Chief Mark Stewart. Chief Stewart worked at ground zero on his federal response team during the rescue and recovery phases of the World Trade Center Site. The public is invited to attend this event and we will have our World Trade Center memorial steel on display.
Rescue earns parish honor for Prairieville Boy Scout
Prairieville Fire Department is pleased to announce that at the August 16 meeting of the Ascension Parish Council, President Kenny Matassa honored a local hero by Proclaiming Cooper Smith Day, son of Prairieville Fire Department District Chief Jamey Smith.
Cooper James Smith is 11 years old and resides in Prairieville with his parents Jamey and Kim Smith, and his siblings Piper and Georgia. He is a student at Prairieville Middle School, and a member of Boy Scout Troop 65. Cooper and his Boy Scout Troop had attended a First Aid Merit Badge Day held at Prairieville Fire Department earlier in the year.
According to the proclamation, on June 8, 2018, while at a neighborhood party, Cooper James Smith was in the swimming pool with eight or ten other children while all of the adults were preparing the food and refreshments. A pair of four-year-old twins jumped into the pool without any flotation devices, and without being noticed. Cooper realized that something was not right when the twins did not resurface. He jumped off his raft and swam to the boy, pulling him up and making him hold on to the wall of the pool. He then swam to the girl and pulled her safely to the wall. None of the approximately thirty people there had any idea what was happening until the twins started crying. Cooper Smith’s awareness and quick actions prevented a community celebration from turning into a family tragedy.
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