By Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM, updated May 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM
St. Tammany Parish‘s 12th Fire Protection District recently received an award and an $81,000 insurance refund for its exemplary safety record. The department, which covers a 63-square mile area surrounding the city of Covington, received a “Safest 70″ award from Louisiana Worker’s Compensation Corporation, an honor bestowed on only 70 of the company’s nearly 17,000 clients, according to a news release from the fire district.
The award included a refund of about $81,000 in what the department paid for workers’ compensation insurance last year, it said.
The award acknowledges insured clients with excellent risk management and loss control. LWCC cited the fire district’s training program for operators and drivers, its GPS tracking system for emergency vehicles, and its Drive Cam program, which monitors the performance of drivers using fire department equipment and videotapes traffic incidents, according to the release.
It is the second time in three years that the fire department has received the award. Each year, LWCC issues premium refunds based on agency performance and claims history. The $81,745 the 12th Fire District received for its performance in 2012 was the highest ever, but since 2003 the department has received dividends totaling more than $258,000, the release said.
“In our line of work, safety is of the utmost importance,” Chief Darrell Guilott said in the statement. “Protecting the public and our employees is vital, and we take every possible step to do both. Being recognized by LWCC with this award and a large dividend is a testament to our success and to our commitment to taxpayers, too.”