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    Quote Originally Posted by RollerDJ View Post
    well, this should make it a little easyer to get going in the new station. if you had to start everything new from scratch it would deffently add to the stress level.
    Yeah, you definitely got that right! Although we will probably be speccing out a new engine this year that will housed at this station, but we won't move forward on that until we get the station project over and done. We still have a 1970 Darley engine in service at one of our substations that needs to be retired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    Yeah, you definitely got that right! Although we will probably be speccing out a new engine this year that will housed at this station, but we won't move forward on that until we get the station project over and done. We still have a 1970 Darley engine in service at one of our substations that needs to be retired.
    got any pic's?


    i'd say, 40 years is quite a while for a engine to be in service.

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    Default Groundbreaking!

    Well, our station project is (finally) officially underway! A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, May 13th (you know we would have to kick off the project on Friday the 13th ). Various local and State officials were in attendance including Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, Louisiana State Firemen's Association president Ken Pitre, and state representative Karen St. Germain.

    As of this Friday (May 20th) we're still waiting to see some work you could actually call construction. The surveyers were out early this week shooting grades and marking the property lines...there's some stakes in the ground and the guys doing the dirt work came out and looked over the jobsite, but that's about as far as we got this week. Hope to see some actual equipment arriving on site this week...

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    Congrats! Sounds like you guys needed an upgrade!
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    Sorry to take this off topic but I enjoyed the old firehouse pic and I know there's quite a few of us that like the nostalgia. Here's a shot of the house I'm sitting in as I type this. Hope it stays in service another few years....


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    This station is also still in service on our city's north side. The other of 2 100+ year old stations we have.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LockedWings View Post
    Sorry to take this off topic but I enjoyed the old firehouse pic and I know there's quite a few of us that like the nostalgia. Here's a shot of the house I'm sitting in as I type this. Hope it stays in service another few years....

    That's a cool old station, doesn't even look like a firehouse. Reminds me of one in Baton Rouge that I worked out of one night when I was doing my EMT ride time...Engine in the front, ambulance in the rear, looked like a private residence.
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    Trying to get pic to work...it's at 1801 Laurel St., Station 1...Built in 1926...
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    Engine in the front, ambulance in the rear,
    So it's the firehouse equivalent of a mullet?
    So you call this your free country
    Tell me why it costs so much to live
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    So it's the firehouse equivalent of a mullet?
    That's funny right there....
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    So it's the firehouse equivalent of a mullet?
    That is GREAT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    Trying to get pic to work...it's at 1801 Laurel St., Station 1...Built in 1926...
    Hey thats a great looking house but it looks like there is a problem with the truck inside....is that like a nose or something??
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    Good luck on the building of your new station! I'd love to get our company to where we could build one. We have troubles everywhere with our current station! (Bay not big enough, Driveway is cracked like crazy, No drainage) Just improper building!

    Keep us updated!

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    I'm happy for you..Congratulations! buddy.. At last, the long wait is finally over.. That's great..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Thos guys didn't even slow down at that green traffic light!

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    They are riding tailboard and not wearing seatbelts either!!
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    Congrats on the new house. Can't wait to see the finished product
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    Forming up for the slab, should be pouring concrete in a couple of weeks...
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    great to hear!
    Firefighting - one of the few professions left that still makes house calls.

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    Good work chief! I might have to give you a shout and check it out when I head to the track this fall/winter
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    Well, I know I haven't posted any updates on the status of our station project for quite awhile. There's a very good reason for that, which is, there had not been any progress. The last photos I posted with just the concrete forms in place was about as far as we got. Shortly after those pics were taken (and before the concrete was poured), the project sort of imploded and ground to a screeching halt.

    We ran into some problems with the contractor, the details of which I won't discuss here because there is possible (probable) litigation pending. The job site has been growing up in weeds since June while we disentagled ourselves from the original contract and advertised for a new bidder. Many lessons learned and months later, we have a new contractor and resumed construction this week.

    Beginning at 0400 this morning, concrete has finally been poured at the site, including the main building slab, parking lot, and one of the driveways. The front apron will be poured at a later date. The new contractor is wasting no time and the project has taken off at an amazing pace. I hope it keeps up
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    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Good to hear that the project is moving forward

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    Don't you just love people you put trust in and than they let you down

    Good to hear that the project is moving forward
    Thanks. It's been an aggravating year, no doubt...finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel
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    A critical stage!

    Make sure that concrete is of good quality! Every floor treatment you plan on using will be affected.

    We had an addition done and the concrete was no good. We applied a floor treatment to it and it popped and bubbled for years due to the hydrostatic pressure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    Well, I know I haven't posted any updates on the status of our station project for quite awhile. There's a very good reason for that, which is, there had not been any progress. The last photos I posted with just the concrete forms in place was about as far as we got. Shortly after those pics were taken (and before the concrete was poured), the project sort of imploded and ground to a screeching halt.

    We ran into some problems with the contractor, the details of which I won't discuss here because there is possible (probable) litigation pending. The job site has been growing up in weeds since June while we disentagled ourselves from the original contract and advertised for a new bidder. Many lessons learned and months later, we have a new contractor and resumed construction this week.

    Beginning at 0400 this morning, concrete has finally been poured at the site, including the main building slab, parking lot, and one of the driveways. The front apron will be poured at a later date. The new contractor is wasting no time and the project has taken off at an amazing pace. I hope it keeps up
    I know what you mean. The County Commissioners decided to divide our building into two contracts, one for the building and one for the grading and everything else outside. Sounded great at first, "hey it gives more people a chance to make money!" But in reality while the building itself turned out great, the outside/grading and pavement are sub par. Long story short, we still can't get our final CO and in turn the money we had left over in the building budget can not be used to purchase the very much need cascade system.

    I hope everything continues to get better for you guys and I look forward to seeing more pictures of your new building.
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