Student Firefighter Association

An organization of student firefighters that serve and protect the campus of Nicholls State University and city of Thibodaux

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Newest Unit

Firefighters dedicated the new Engine 19 to the late Charlie Adams, Josh Bourgeois, Ron Bourgeois, Benton Foret and Trey Shields. A plaque bearing their names is now displayed on the new engine, which arrived to the department in June.

Fire Prevention

Members of our department spend many hours educating the youth of our community

Chief’s Report

January 21, 2022

Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department Family and Honored Guests:

Welcome to the annual meeting of the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department for 2021. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your fire chiefs for this past year. 2021 was certainly a challenging year for our department and our community. With every challenge comes an opportunity to respond. Our department stood up in the face of our challenges and did not waver. During the ongoing challenge of Covid-19 and the destruction and disruption of Hurricane IDA, our department continued to provide the same quality fire protection and community service that it has provided for so many years throughout its rich history. Through the hard work and dedication of our 473 members, 339 active and 134 exempt, the department completed many projects during 2021. 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.

In 2021, we:

• Completed the PIAL rating packet and required documentation
• Tested and certified all air packs and bottles
• Performed annual inspections on all fire extinguishers in the department and performed hydro tests as required
• Performed annual tests on the aerial units with all units receiving certification
• Performed annual pump tests on all pumpers with all units receiving certification
• Completed annual hose test on all department hose
• Provided smoke detectors to needy families through the smoke detector program
• Purchased additional sets of new personal protective gear for firefighters
• Put the new Fire Prevention Van in service
• Saw continued success of the Nicholls State Student Fire Fighter Association which is in its fourth year
• Began working with E.D. White Catholic High School to begin an official student organization to match with our Probationary Firefighter program. This program provides young people an opportunity to become part of our department and begin training to become a full-fledged member of the department upon their 18th birthday. We will work to begin the same program in at Thibodaux High once the framework is complete.
• Conducted our annual week of training (Fire School) using On Scene Training Associates. During this week, members from departments around the country come in and teach our members the latest techniques and tactics. We trained a total of 212 firefighters
• Kicked off our annual week of training with the inaugural Rescue School. We spent two full days focusing on vehicle extrication training for the 41 attending members
• Donated old Engine 17 to Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department through a partnership with The Lorio Foundation
• Donated old Engine 20 to Bayou Boeuf Volunteer Fire Department
• Our first Probationary member transitioned to an active rookie fireman

The 2021 budget of the City of Thibodaux included funds allocated for supplies and equipment for the fire department. Funds were used for the following:

• New Fire Equipment
• Positive Pressure Fans (Battery Operated)
• New Pagers
• Electronic Gate to secure Training Center

During 2021, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department answered 594 total calls for service. Of these, 485 were fire calls and 109 were rescue calls compared to 420 total calls in 2020. This is a total increase of 174 calls.

ANALYSIS OF FIRE CALLS

In 2021, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department responded to 485 fire calls compared to 350 fire calls in 2020, which is an increase of 135 fire call responses. There was a total of 7524 member responses to these calls for an average of 13 responders per call. The average number of responders to the building fires was 30. The average response time for all calls was 4.11 minutes. A breakdown of the types of fire calls is as follows:

Building Fires 5
Vehicle Fires 3
Electrical / Sparking Fires 49
Flammables 2
Gas Leaks 15
Cooking Container 6
Trash / Rubbish / Dumpster 4
Smoke Scare 39
Good Intent 14
Unauthorized Burning 21
Alarms 228
Standby 16
Carbon Monoxide 83

Of the above calls, 380 calls were in the City, 89 were in District 4, and 16 were to surrounding fire departments.

ANALYSIS OF RESCUE CALLS

The Rescue Squad responded to 109 rescue calls in 2021 compared to 70 in 2020. These calls were for the following reasons:

Auto Accident 10
Medical Assist 97
Elevator Assist 2

HURRICANE IDA RESPONSE

Our membership answered the call for service during and after Hurricane Ida. Members logged just under 6,500 man-hours manning fire stations to provide emergency services to our community. From 8/29/21 to 9/18/21 members responded to 149 calls for service. We worked very closely with the City Administration in the Mayor, Police Chief, Emergency Preparedness Director and Public Works. Members cleared roads of trees and debris, responded to fire calls, collected, coordinated and distributed donations in our community and neighboring communities. Many of our members put aside their own needs from the storm to serve our community.

SUMMARY OF MEETINGS, TRAINING & FIRE PREVENTION HOURS

Members of the department logged the following hours in 2021:

Meetings 2,977.5 hours
Training 4,699 hours
Fire Prevention 510 hours

As you can see by the numbers above, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department had an extremely busy year in 2021. Our membership is the foundation of this department and their commitment is unquestionable. That commitment makes our organization second to no other.

We must recognize and thank the following for their contributions, support, dedication and loyalty to the department during the past year:

• the families, wives, husbands and parents of our members for their support, patience and understanding in allowing our members to devote the time necessary to operate this department
• the general public and community for the support given to the department, especially since we did not have a fair; without this support, none of our accomplishments could have been possible
• Mayor Tommy Eschete and his staff, Police Chief Brian Zeringue and his staff, officers and the TPD dispatchers, Public Works Director James Lucas and his staff, Finance Director Jessica Hebert and her staff, Council Administrator Jenny Morvant and her staff, and all of the city employees along with the entire City Council for their support and assistance throughout the year
• Sheriff Craig Webre and his staff and deputies,
• State Fire Marshall Butch Browning for his leadership and the constant support he provides Fire Departments throughout the state.
• Mr. Danny Cavell, Grand Marshal 2020 / 2021/ 2022
• Past Grand Marshals for their continued generous support
• Gaubert Oil for their continued support of our department, especially for sponsoring our raffle tickets; the sale of these tickets was our major fundraiser for the year. We also thank them for their critical assistance during the storm recovery
• The Rouse family and Rouse’s Supermarkets who continued to support of our department assistance during the storm preparation and storm recovery
• The Fire Board for their leadership and service
• Fire Board President Ron Bourgeois, Fire Board Vice President Jimmy Ledet, Treasurer Ed Comeaux and Secretary Donald Barrilleaux for your outstanding service to the department in performing your duties as department officers
• Jimmy Ledet for all the work focused on the department’s storm recovery
• Captains and Lieutenants for your cooperation and devotion to your duties and for providing the leadership needed to prepare your company members to be quality firefighters
• Squads Directors and Squad members for the outstanding services that you provide over and above your normal company obligations; these services play a vital role in the department’s mission of protecting lives and property
• Special thanks to Albert Fields, Gerald David and David Leblanc for the time and effort it takes to maintain department records in the computer. Record keeping is a required department function that has become more and more difficult to maintain with the amount of data that must be turned in to complete this task.
• The officers and members of surrounding fire departments for the assistance you provided us when called upon; being able to call upon a neighboring department for assistance is vital to the overall mission of protecting lives and property

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 steadfast commitment that were able to provide the quality services that the citizens of Thibodaux expect and deserve from us.

Thank you for allowing us to serve as your chiefs for 2021.

Respectfully yours,

Anthony Boudreaux Benton A. Foret Todd Albert Glynn Comeaux
Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief

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