Welcome to Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Dept
2012 Chief’s Report
January 18, 2013
Dear Brother Firemen:
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your chiefs for the past year. During this time, the department continued to provide the same quality fire protection that it has provided for so many years. Through the hard work and dedication of its members, the department completed many projects during 2012. Most of these projects were geared toward maintaining or improving the services we provide to the community as well as providing for the overall safety of the firemen who provide those services.
A recap of those projects is as follows:
- Air-pack cylinders that expired during the year were properly hydro-tested.
- Annual inspections were performed on all fire extinguishers in the department and hydro tests were performed as required.
- Annual tests were performed on the aerial units with all units receiving certification.
- Annual pump tests were performed on all pumpers with all units receiving certification.
- Continued the Fire Pup Program in association with the National Fire Safety Council in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. Children in all day care centers and grades K-6 were exposed to fire prevention material including the Learn Not To Burn program. A total of 88 members logged in 2,001 hours delivering the message of fire prevention to the public.
- The smoke detector program continued to provide smoke detectors to needy families.
- Received grant from the Lorio Foundation.
- Purchased additional sets of new personal protective gear.
- Participated in Bayou Region Expo 2012 sponsored by State Police Troop C.
- Refurbish 1963 International pumper into a special service truck that will be used for firemen funerals and parades.
- Received and equipped a new Chief’s truck.
- Replaced all truck high band radios and portables that could not be narrow banded
The 2012 budget of the City of Thibodaux included funds allocated for supplies and equipment for the fire department. Funds were used for the following:
- Communication equipment
- Rad-57 Co detector
- Firefighting hose, equipment and supplies
- Fair equipment
- Office equipment
- Tire replacement
During 2012, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department answered 346 total calls of which 306 were fire calls and 40 were rescue calls compared to 357 total calls in 2011 for a total decrease of 11 calls.
ANALYSIS OF FIRE ALARMS
In 2012, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department responded to 306 fire calls compared to 301 fire calls in 2011 which is an increase of 5 fire call responses. There were a total of 3661 member responses to these alarms for an average of 12 responders per call. The average number of responders to the building fires was 49. 173 of these alarms had a response time of 3 minutes or less. The average response time for all alarms was 4.04 minutes. A breakdown of the types of fire alarms is as follows:
Building fires 8 Smoke scare 27
Vehicle fires 11 Good Intent 10
Electrical fires 28 Service calls 7
Flammables 10 Other calls 11
Cooking container 12 Unintentional alarm 136
Trash/Rubbish 8 Unauthorized burning 10
Standby 12 False alarms/Bomb scare 4
Brush/grass 2 Carbon monoxide 10
Of the above calls, 273 calls were in the City, 19 were in District 4, and 14 were to provide mutual aid to surrounding fire departments.
ANALYSIS OF RESCUE CALLS
The Rescue Squad responded to 40 rescue calls in 2012 compared to 56 in 2011. These calls were for the following reasons.
Auto accident 3
Medical assist 28
Paged out – cancelled 1
Manpower for heavy lift 4
Remove trapped victim 4
Members of the department logged in 4,105 training hours in 2012. Thanks to all of the members who took the time to train during the year.
Each member is asked to continue making every effort to increase their attendance at fires and training and to continue providing fire and rescue services to the area residents that is second to none. Many thanks for a job well done.
As you can see, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department had another active year in 2012. We would like to thank and recognize the following for their contributions, support, dedication and loyalty to the department during the past year.
Thanks to the general public for the support given to the department, especially at fair time. Without this support, none of our accomplishments could have been possible.
Thanks to the wives and families of the firemen for patience and understanding and for allowing our members to devote the time necessary to operate this department.
To each and every member of this department, thank you for your dedication and hard work. It is through your continued sense of pride and dedication that we can continue to provide the quality services that the citizens of Thibodaux expect from us.
Thank you for allowing us to serve as your chiefs for 2012.
Randy Pate Chad Mire Robert Riviere Mike Oncale, Jr
Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief