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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    Our crews, along with personnel from 4 neighboring districts, went down last night. Once at the staging area, they were reassigned from station coverage/relief in Gretna to active rescue operations LaPlace, LA, just northwest of NO.]
    This is precisely why all crews need to meet a statewide (preferably a national) standard Firefighter I certification. But I am sure you will come up with some kind of an excuse not to have to meet it and fight this perfectly legitimate scenerio.

    And didnt you say once (when I questioned you about a statewide national disaster deployment) that "it was highly unlikely that we would respond to such an invitation" or some babble like that??
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    Ah common guy, now is not the time! We don't and won't always agree but when the crap hits the fan we are all brothers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by penman View Post
    Ah common guy, now is not the time! We don't and won't always agree but when the crap hits the fan we are all brothers!
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    HE is NOT a brother. He never HAS been a brother and he never WILL be a brother. HE is a yellow-spined chicken schit that would rather leave victims (includng his own family members) inside a burning car or building rather than risk a broken fingernail in a rescue attempt. HE is a pathetic wanna-be, and a deployment during a statewide crap hits the fan disaster is not the time for him to be playing fireman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    This is precisely why all crews need to meet a statewide (preferably a national) standard Firefighter I certification. But I am sure you will come up with some kind of an excuse not to have to meet it and fight this perfectly legitimate scenerio.

    And didnt you say once (when I questioned you about a statewide national disaster deployment) that "it was highly unlikely that we would respond to such an invitation" or some babble like that??
    Actually there is no need for excuses.

    All 7 are FFI.

    6 of the 7 are FFII.

    4 of the 7 are Instructor I, and 3 are Instructor IIs.

    3 of the 7 are Officer I including the 2 Strike Team Leaders, per NIMS. And I is Officer II.

    4 are Driver/Operators.

    2 have some advanced technical rescue operations certifications.

    1 is a member of the USAR team with the full compliment of collpase, trench, confined space, high angle and water rescue certifications.

    We only deploy personnel that are FFI. We prefer FFII and all and always most of the time all the personnel we deploy have that certification as well.

    As far as statewide deployment I did state that most of the rural VFDs that were entailed in that discussion, such as my rural VFD, would never respond to a statewide deployment.

    As far as my career department, I never stated that as we have deployed to Katrina, Gustav, Ike and now Issac. As I have stated earlier (and many previous times), FFI is a requirement to be considered for deployment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    HE is NOT a brother. He never HAS been a brother and he never WILL be a brother. HE is a yellow-spined chicken schit that would rather leave victims (includng his own family members) inside a burning car or building rather than risk a broken fingernail in a rescue attempt. HE is a pathetic wanna-be, and a deployment during a statewide crap hits the fan disaster is not the time for him to be playing fireman.
    wow......talk about making a new guy reading these forums feel welcomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daped01 View Post
    wow......talk about making a new guy reading these forums feel welcomed.
    You'll get used to it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Picc.93Truck View Post
    You'll get used to it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daped01 View Post
    wow......talk about making a new guy reading these forums feel welcomed.
    Sorry Daped just stating the truth. As for the allegations of him not attempting rescues of victims including his own family members, he himself has made the statements. You as a new guy should know here and now to never, ever listen to anything he says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    Actually there is no need for excuses.
    Boy didn't I call that one perfectly. Way to avoid the crux of the discussion.
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    oh, i get, i'm just giving a little grief back thats all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Boy didn't I call that one perfectly. Way to avoid the crux of the discussion.
    And what was the crux of the discussion ....

    "This is precisely why all crews need to meet a statewide (preferably a national) standard Firefighter I certification. But I am sure you will come up with some kind of an excuse not to have to meet it and fight this perfectly legitimate scenerio."

    It seems to me that your point was that all personnel being deployed need to meet a standard. And I clearly demonstrtated that all deployed peronnel (including the other 5 members of the Strike Force from the nieghboring departments) all met, and in all case except one, exceeded, the certification requirements as defined by NIMS for deployment.

    Sorry to disappoint you.

    As I have stated any personnel we deploy will have FFI and the Officer, in most cases, will be Officer I, as defined by NIMS.

    As far as most VFDs in this part of the state, they will never deploy to a major incident such as this. They simply don't have the depth to send personnel. Meeting standards for the sake of statewide disaster deployment beyond thier normal mutual aid area is a mute point for them.
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    If you fine fellows would allow me the courtesy of re-hijacking my own thread I have a couple of new pics....

    Pictured is the "Spirit of Louisiana" (former FDNY Engine 283), which was the first apparatus donated to New York City by the people of Louisiana following 9/11. The Louisiana fire service conducted boot drives and other fund raisers to pay for this truck and a couple of others, built by Ferrara to FDNY specs. It served as E283 for a couple of years then was used at the FDNY training academy for awhile, if I remember correctly.

    Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city of New York donated the truck back to Louisiana to replace New Orleans Fire Department apparatus lost in the flooding. It served for some time with the NOFD until they were able to purchase new trucks. By this time, you can imagine, the truck was in pretty rough shape. It was completely refurbished by Ferrara (at their expense) and donated back to the Louisiana fire service as a memorial, under the care of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office. It makes public appearances from time to time around the state. We've had it appear at a couple of fairs in our area, as well as one of our annual banquets.

    Now it just so happens that one of my captains works for the State Fire Marshal's office, and his job duties sometimes include driving this truck to public events. He was passing back through town yesterday evening on his way back from a local fair and stopped by the new station for a few minutes. The truck is pictured here with our Engine 36 and Engine 33.

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    As far as the station is concerned, after many delays and tentative completion dates, we finally received our certificate of occupancy a few weeks ago and started the lengthy task of stocking it with furniture, A/V equipment, kitchen wares and a whole bunch of other stuff we never had a place or a need for at the old station. The trucks are not in service there yet as we are waiting for a painter to put down the yellow guide stripes in the engine bays. However, we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 9th and the station will be fully operational at that time.
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    Many thanks for the update Chief! Nice to see it's almost ready for service. You may have said but just wondering what the population is for your town?
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    Quote Originally Posted by penman View Post
    Many thanks for the update Chief! Nice to see it's almost ready for service. You may have said but just wondering what the population is for your town?
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    We don't have a "town" per se, just an unincorporated area of the parish. We cover about 75 square miles (primarily cane fields) and the population of our service area is a little over 6,000 according the latest figures I have available.
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    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Thanks Chief, we have 541 or so residents and 25 sq. miles so you're slightly larger. Lol
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    Well, we're finally in! Had our dedication and ribbon cutting on Friday, Nov. 9th (I don't have the pictures from that day yet), but here are some interior shots of the finished product:

    A few pics inside the apparatus bay

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    Kitchen and radio room/office
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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."
    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Upstairs storage area with spare turnout gear

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    My office

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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."
    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    A cabinet built by my deputy chief....the bottom houses all the A/V equipment that ties in to the classroom projector, and he will be adding a glassed-in display case on the top (just didn't have time to do the whole thing before the opening)

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    Trucks in place

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    We officially ran our first call from the new station about 12 hours later. It's been weird when I leave my house now for a call, because I have to drive by the old station and 23 years of habit keep telling me to turn in there

    We still have a few bugs to work out with the engineer and the contractor but we're happy to finally be home. The most amazing thing to me, now that we're in, is how in the heck we managed to operate as well as we did out of that ratty, cramped old station for all those years
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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."
    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Came out gorgeous Chief!! Unfortunately we know only to well about a ratty, cramped station. Brings the whole dept. down. All your hard work, all your leadership certainly paid off. Congratulations also do all those that made the new station more than just a dream.
    Ed

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    Dwayne... isn't it nice when a dream becomes a reality?
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