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    Smile New Fire Station

    Well, after years of planning, saving, waiting and hoping, our new station project is finally about to commence! We accepted bids around the first of the year and signed a contract this week. I'm excited, relieved, and nervous all at the same time.

    From the beginning, I had planned to start a forum thread when the project got started, and use it as a blog of sorts, post pictures of the progress, that kind of thing. There was really nothing to post before now, just pictures of grass growing and reports of "still waiting"

    We were extremely fortunate, nay, blessed, to have received notice in October that we had been awarded a FEMA Station Construction Grant, after having initially received a denial back in June (guess they found some more money ) We slipped in on the 5th and final round, one of only two Station Construction projects awarded in Louisiana.

    We had our first informal meeting with the contractor at the job site today. Our engineer has been handling all the communications, bid process, etc., so this was our first time meeting the builders. They will be moving some of their equipment onto the site next week and are scheduled to begin construction on May 2nd.

    As the project moves forward, I will be posting some pics as things evolve. If all goes according to schedule we should be moving in before the end of the year. I just wanted to share our story here and I hope you enjoy following our progress. Comments and questions are welcome!
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    Here is the site as it appeared when we acquired it 5 years ago....The property was put up for Sheriff's sale due to delinquent taxes and we were in the right place at the right time....
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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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    Here's how it appeared in 2009 after having the house removed, trees cleared, and some initial grading and dirt work. We kept the 3 largest oak trees on the property and the engineer worked the layout in around them to save them.
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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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    Thumbs up Congrats!!........

    Nothing in Fire Station development moves quickly, except the Contractor coming to pick up the Check........ Our "New" station is now 19 years old, and some of us still feel like we just got there. In the 83 years that we've been in Business, we're in our Fourth Station. I've been there in Three of them, each one being praised as "Modern Technology" and "State of the Art" when it opened.......... Anyway, Good Luck, and if you need any advice or have any questions, I'm sure all of us here on FH will be happy to help......
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    Exclamation And...............

    Here's what we had when I came on board, sort of.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Here's what we had when I came on board, sort of.........
    Those rigs are a red shade of yellow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Here's what we had when I came on board, sort of.........
    I love that pic Harve, I love the old style houses like that. I wish they would build more with the old style look and feel to it but the modern amenities/equipment. How'd the outhouses work for you back then
    ole buddy, .
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    And here is Harves' station now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Here's what we had when I came on board, sort of.........
    You mean the horses behind those new-fangled red-things?
    So you call this your free country
    Tell me why it costs so much to live
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Here's what we had when I came on board, sort of.........
    Wow, alzheimers must be setting in.....Harve, someone sent me this movie of you in an actual response when you were a "proby." And when you see this movie, you will understand why I literally mean "PROBY."

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Wow, alzheimers must be setting in.....Harve, someone sent me this movie of you in an actual response when you were a "proby." And when you see this movie, you will understand why I literally mean "PROBY."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbPd3hKTVVY
    Now I have Coca-Cola ALL over my screen on my government computer, thanks FWD, how am I supposed to explain this to my SSgt?

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    dmleblanc,

    Congrats Chief, keep up the hard work and keep us posted.
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    Don't keep us in suspense. Got a floor plan you can post?
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    And here, Harve. Amazing what an adjustment in the saturation will do.
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    dmleblanc, 0232 in the morning....... long night, uh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    And when you see this movie, you will understand why I literally mean "PROBY."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbPd3hKTVVY
    Thos guys didn't even slow down at that green traffic light!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Here's what we had when I came on board, sort of.........
    OooooH! NEW stuff,hehe T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    Don't keep us in suspense. Got a floor plan you can post?
    Yah, what my esteemed colleague said. T.C.

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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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    ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!
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    OK, as requested, here's the floor plan....kinda small and blurry but it's the best I could manage for now. Engine bays on the left, meeting room/kitchen and offices on the right. That's just the downstairs, there's an upstairs with locker rooms and open space for future bunkrooms, etc...
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    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Here's what we had when I came on board, sort of.........
    Harve, I don't know if that's a testament to how far your department has come, or how old you are

    Seriously, that's a cool old station and some classic equipment...what a great picture!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffmedcbk1 View Post
    dmleblanc, 0232 in the morning....... long night, uh?

    Yeah, I'm a shiftworker, that was posted on the night shift....
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    very cool! congrats on the new station and good luck with getting it up to steam. what kind of coverage area will you have? any idea on what kind of equipment you'll have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollerDJ View Post
    very cool! congrats on the new station and good luck with getting it up to steam. what kind of coverage area will you have? any idea on what kind of equipment you'll have?
    Well, this is not an expansion station, it's actually our new main station...the apparatus currently housed at Station 1 will be moved to this station (only a couple hundred yards away) and the old station will be decommissioned. Our '96 Ferrara engine, '00 LaFrance engine, and '05 rescue/service truck will operate from this station.
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
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    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    Well, this is not an expansion station, it's actually our new main station...the apparatus currently housed at Station 1 will be moved to this station (only a couple hundred yards away) and the old station will be decommissioned. Our '96 Ferrara engine, '00 LaFrance engine, and '05 rescue/service truck will operate from this station.
    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.

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