Prairieville Fire conducts Vehicle Extrication Training
Training is an essential aspect of our job because we must be ready for anything. The on-duty crews at PFD completed 3 days of vehicle extrication training last week. LSU Carol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute’s Regional Instructor Ken Fowler taught the class, teaching the PFD personal the latest techniques on vehicle extrication. The PFD personal completed hands on training using previously damaged vehicles and completed medical training on patient removal.
Prairieville Fire conducts Flashover Simulation Training
The on-duty crews at PFD completed 3 days of Flashover Simulator training in February. LSU Carol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute’s Regional Lead Instructor Ken Fowler along with Instructors Joey Cacioppo, Pete Scioneaux and Patrick Carpenter conducted the class. PFD personal completed class room training on fire behavior and moved outside to experience the flashover conditions in the simulator prop. Training is an essential aspect of our job because we must be ready for anything.
Prairieville Fire Department is accepting applications for Full Time Employment
The Prairieville Fire Department is currently accepting applications for full-time employment and have scheduled a Entry Level Civil Service Exam on March 8, 2018. The completed applications and the required attachments must be received by the civil service board secretary at the address listed below or mailed by Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Please download and fill out the employment application and return.
Louisiana Office of State Examiner
Mail completed applications to: 14517 LA. 73, Prairieville, LA 70769 (Attention: Deputy Chief Patrick Carpenter
Any questions please contact Deputy Chief Carpenter at 225-673-6663
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.
August 8th 2014
PRAIRIEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT – ROOKIE CLASS 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.