Prairieville Fire Department Receives Class 3 Rating

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa and Prairieville Fire Chief Mark Stewart announced today that the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) has raised the Prairieville Fire Department’s rating from a 4 to a 3.

“I am so proud of this accomplishment.” said Matassa. “This improved rating is better for our families and our pocketbooks. Just last week, we cut the ribbon on a new fire station on Bluff Road and it is a shining example of the high quality fire protection provided to the people of Prairieville.”

Chief Mark Stewart credited the Fire District 3 Board of Commissioners and his staff with the achievement.

“The support we have received from the Fire Board, the Parish administration and Council, and especially our team of professional firefighters has made all of this possible,” said Stewart. “We are proud of this achievement improving our fire rating, which in turn improves services to the residents and businesses of Fire District 3.”

The rating change may be significant for area home and business owners. The PIAL notification stated that “the new Classification may result in decreased fire insurance rates. Properties located within the boundaries of Ascension Parish Fire District 3 (Prairieville Fire Department) that are within seven road miles of a recognized fire station will receive Class 3 rates.”

Walter Leftwich, a long-serving fire commissioner, was part of the group that helped to create Fire District 3.

“This is a longtime dream come true,” said Leftwich. “We would like to acknowledge and thank our residents and businesses for their continued support in our efforts to protect them each day.”

PIAL ratings range from a 10, the lowest, to a 1, being the highest achievable rating.

Photo Tag: Left to Right – Commissioner Cody Melancon, Councilman Benny Johnson, Commissioner Walter Leftwich, President Kenny Matassa, Chief Mark Stewart, Assistant Chief Raymond Poche, and Commissioners Gary Newman and Tracy Bordelon.


December 8th 2014

Trench Rescue and Structural Collapse Training

   During the week of December 8th – 11th, firefighters from the Prairieville Fire Department, the City of Gonzales Fire Department and members from Ascension Parish Fire District No. 1 in coordination with Ascension OEP conducted a Trench Rescue and Structural Collapse training class. The training topics included how to safely secure a trench from secondary collapse, which would allow rescuers to remove trapped occupants. Firefighters also trained on how to properly secure a collapse or partially collapse structure. This would allow firefighters to enter a structure to search for and remove occupants that may be trapped inside. This training is essential to keeping our firefighters prepared for those uncommon but very real emergencies.

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August 8th 2014


   Ascension Parish Fire Protection District #3, Prairieville Fire Department, is excited to announce the graduation of our five newest Firefighters. They graduated from the Fire Academy at the Carrol L. Herring Fire & Emergency Training Institute (FETI) at Louisiana State University on August 8, 2014. This now brings the total number of full time firefighters to 29. Please join us in welcoming them to full time service for our community.

The rookie firefighter’s exit the 14 week Fire Academy as fully trained Professional Fire Fighters with an accumulation of national certifications including: Fire Fighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, Apparatus Driver / Operator and Medical First Responder.

These five join two others that were also hired in April of this year, but already had the required certifications and went straight to work full time. The next phase of their training has already began as they are now enrolled in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training at the National EMS Academy. The Prairieville Fire Department offers their congratulations to these new Firefighters.

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