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 17, 2020

Fire Department Family and Honored Guests:

Welcome to the annual meeting of the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Dept. for 2020.

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, which now consist of 473 members, (326 active and 147 exempt), the department completed many projects during 2019. 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:

  1. All air packs and bottles were tested and certified.
  2. Annual inspections were performed on all fire extinguishers in the department and hydro tests were performed as required.
  3. Annual tests were performed on the aerial units with all units receiving certification.
  4. Annual pump tests were performed on all pumpers with all units receiving certification.
  5. 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.
  6. The smoke detector program continued to provide smoke detectors to needy families.
  7. Purchased additional sets of new personal protective gear.
  8. The Nicholls State Student Fire Fighter Association continued in its second year along with a new focus on forming Student Fire Fighter programs in our local high schools.
  9. Co-hosted the first ever Burning on The Bayou live fire conference in the City of Thibodaux with participants from all over the country.
  10. Partnership with the Bayou Country Children’s Museum to host Night Out at the Booseum with Sparky and the new First Responder Exhibit.
  11. In 2019 we had members of the Department continue to participate in the 911 Stair climb in New Orleans, along with members participating in fundraising stair climbs in Biloxi, New York and Seattle.
  12. Once again conducted our annual week of training using On Scene Training Company where members from Departments around the Country come in and teach our members what other departments are doing. This year we had 90 members of our department participate in these trainings.
  13. Completed the implementation of the backup 800MHz system to be used in the event of a failure of the primary radio system.
  14. The Department received the New Engine 19 which replaced the old unit that has since been purchased by Lafourche Fire District #1.
  15. The Department placed on order new Engines for Protector Fire Company and North Thibodaux Fire which will be delivered this year.

The 2019 budget of the City of Thibodaux included funds allocated for supplies and equipment for the fire department. Funds were used for the following:

  1. Communication equipment

During 2019, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department answered 416 total calls of which 343 were fire calls and 73 were rescue calls compared to 422 total calls in 2018 for a total decrease of 6 calls.

ANALYSIS OF FIRE ALARMS

In 2019, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department responded to 343 fire calls compared to 366 fire calls in 2018 which is a decrease of 23 fire call responses. There were a total of xxxx member responses to these calls for an average of xx responders per call. The average number of responders to the building fires was 46. The average response time for all calls was 3.87 minutes. A breakdown of the types of fire calls is as follows:

        Building fires                       7                      Smoke scare                           46 
        Vehicle fires                        6                      Good Intent                           14
        Electrical fires                    36                      Unauthorized burning                  17
        Flammables                           2                      Alarms                                161
        Cooking container                    7                      Standby                                 5
        Trash/Rubbish/Dumpster              10                      Carbon Monoxide                         4 

Of the above calls, 363 calls were in the City, 33 were in District 4, and 26 were to provide mutual aid to surrounding fire departments.

ANALYSIS OF RESCUE CALLS

The Rescue Squad responded to 73 rescue calls in 2019 compared to 56 in 2018. These calls were for the following reasons.

                                               Auto accident                        7
                                               Medical assist                      66

Members of the department logged the following hours in 2019.

            Meetings            4569
            Training            5522
            Fire Prevention     1226

Each member is asked to continue making every effort to increase their attendance at fires and training and to continue providing top notch fire and rescue services to our community. Many thanks for a job well done.

As you can see, the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department had another active year in 2019. 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.

Thanks to Mayor Tommy Eschete and his staff, Police Chief Brian Zeringue and the entire police department, former Public Works Director Archie Chaisson and his staff, Finance Director Debbie Daigle 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 provided to us during the year. Special Thanks to the TPD dispatchers who ensure we get paged out for all of our calls.

Thanks to Dr Justin Tenney, Grand Marshal for 2019 and all of the past Grand Marshals for their generous support.

Thanks to Rouses Markets for their continued support as our 4-Alarm Sponsor and Gaubet Oil Company for their support as our 3 Alarm Sponsor for the Fair.

Special Thanks Donny Rouse for use of the Old Thibodaux Hospital on La 1 for use in training and putting on our Live Fire Training conference!

Thanks to all of the members and anyone who helped out in any way at the 2019 fair and parade. It is through your hard work that the department was able to again realize another great and successful year.

Thanks to the officers and members of the surrounding fire departments for any assistance that you may have 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.

Thanks to all of the members of the Fire Board for the administrative management you provide and for allowing the department to move forward with the above projects and purchases.

Thanks to Secretary Billy Royster, Treasurer Mike Naquin and Board President Ron Bourgeois for your service to the department in performing your duties as a department officer.

Thanks to the 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.

Thanks to all of the Squads and Squad Directors 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.

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 2019.

Respectfully yours,

Chad J Mire Jeff Naul Tony Boudreaux Benton Foret
Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief

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