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NOVEMBER 15, MEETING - From left are Rotarian Jimmy LeBlanc, Rotary President Annette Johnson and Ville Platte Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle, who was LeBlanc's guest speaker for the November 15, meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club.
Rotarian Jimmy LeBlanc invited Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle to address the November 15, meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Demoruelle gave an update on the parish-wide burn ban, noting it was finally lifted. He stated the mission of the fire department is to save lives and property. He added ratings are important for insurance purposes, but saving lives and property takes top priority. He noted the department has received approximately the same number of calls per year over the past few years, which is between 350 and 400 calls. He urged residents to invest in sprinkler systems for their homes. He said he is an adamant supporter of this and installed a sprinkler system in his own new home. He added homes can fairly easily be retrofitted with sprinkler systems. He said the department was very fortunate to be able to upgrade equipment through USDA grant monies, including a new mini pumper being delivered in January. He added another one of the older vehicles needs replacing and the department is working on that project. Demoruelle noted the department doesn't run as many medical calls as in the past due to the lack of personnel and proper training. He said Acadian Ambulance calls the department in the case of emergencies when they may not be able to arrive at a scene in time. He also noted the department's dive team is not as active because of not being able to recruit new, younger divers. He closed by saying the department will be rated in the first quarter of 2013, which will determine the current fire ratings, so 2012 will be busy with making sure all of the paperwork, training hours and educational hours are up to date and in order.
Ville Platte Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle said he recommends targeting faulty alarm systems in businesses and residences that keep activating time and again.
In the past month, his department responded to the same business six times in a 24-hour period, he said. Instead of repairing the alarm, the business owner simply reset the alarm. Demoruelle recommends no charge for the first alarm, a warning for the second false alarm and then billing the business or home owner $300 for the third false alarm.
--heard from Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle that the fire department responded to 316 calls and 81 structure fires in 2013;
Ville Platte Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle said he recommends targeting faulty alarm...
Ville Platte Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle asked the Police Jury for emergency funds to buy a generator for at least one of the large water wells in Ville Platte.
When power was knocked out during last week's snow storm, the fire department was concerned about fighting a major fire when water pressure is low or nonexistent. Police Jury President Bob Manuel told Demoruelle the parish is in line to receive $280,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds in the next few months for generators, one of which would be dedicated for the city's water system.