Advancement of medical capabilities

Ascension Parish Fire District 3 would like to announce the advancement of our medical capabilities. Our goal is to provide the very best personnel, equipment, and service to protect the people in our district. These advancements will allow for an advanced level of medical care in the Pre-hospital setting.  The personnel who ride our trucks everyday have accepted the challenge and many of them have become certified as Advanced EMT’s. This gives us the capabilities to offer a more thorough and higher level of medical care through IV access, medication administration, advanced airways, and other techniques. With the current class graduating in May, we will have the capabilities to provide every fire engine in our district with an Advanced EMT. Additionally, we are pleased to announce the arrival of the recently purchased LUCAS device. The LUCAS device is an automated CPR compression device. The device provides compressions during the CPR process and is shown to have superior statistics in survivability in the Pre-hospital setting. Lastly, we have also recently added our new AED PRO on all of our fire engines. The New AED’s, automated external defibrillator, will allow greater feedback for our medical providers. It will also allow users to monitor and view heart rhythms in real time while performing treatments. These are exciting times here at Ascension Parish Fire District 3. None of this is possible without your support and the hard work of the personnel riding our fire apparatus every day.

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Experienced Firefighters
APFD#3 is looking for experienced firefighters with a minimum of NREMT- Basic, FF 1 & 2 to join our Department and become part of our great team. You could start on the floor immediately if you meet all qualifications and pass our additional hiring steps, including having a current civil service test score. APFD#3 is a progressive Fire Department with state-of-the-art equipment including a new 3-story training tower and a brand-new 3000 sf Training Center Classroom. APFD#3 covers 28sq miles in northern Ascension Parish and currently operates out of 5 Fire Stations along with an Administrative Area. Anyone interested can contact Julie Phillips, Secretary to the Fire Chief @ 225-673-6663 or

Prairieville Fire Department responded to I-10 @ 169 EB for a Hazmat Incident along with St George Fire Department, APSO and LSP on 8/22/20 @ 3:33pm. Units arrived on scene and determined that a truck carrying a Propane Product had a malfunction with a safety valve. Unified Command was established and over an abundance of caution a shelter in place was issued for several nearby neighborhoods near the incident. I-10 was closed in both directions between Highland Road and Hwy 73. LSP Hazmat, APSO Hazmat and DEQ responded to the scene worked with the Fire Departments to mitigate the incident and due to the remote location along I-10, Unified Command requested the Geismar Fire Department to assist with water hauling for protection measures during the offloading of the product. The product offloading was completed and the shelter in place was lifted along with I-10 being reopened in both directions around 11:30 P.M. Prairieville Fire Department would like thank all of the responding agencies for their assistance with this incident.

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School Tools!

Prairieville Fire Department will be assisting in the Ascension School Tools Drive this year. Please help us with this great program by dropping off scissors, glue & glue sticks to any of the five PFD stations. We will also accept any of the items on the attached flyer. The deadline for donations at our fire stations is Thursday, July 19. Prairieville Fire Department will deliver all donated items to the collection point on Friday, July 20.

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Prairieville Fire conducts Forcible Entry Training
The on-duty crews at PFD completed 3 days of forcible entry 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 forcible entry. The PFD personal completed hands on training using LSU FETI East Coast Rescue Solutions portable forcible entry prop trailer. Training is an essential aspect of our job because we must be ready for anything.


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.
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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.

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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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