Covington-based fire district lauded for workplace safety

by: Bob Warren, | The Times-Picayune

For the third time, St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 12 has been recognized for having a safe working place. The fire district has received the “Safest 70” award from the Louisiana Workers Compensation Corp.

The award recognizes the efforts the fire district has made to keep its employee safe.

“We have over 17,000 policy holders and you were one of only four fire departments to receive this award,” LWCC Loss Prevention consultant Casey Blades wrote in a letter the district announcing the honor. “This shows your commitment to safety in a line of work that constantly puts you at risk.”

Fire Chief Darrell Guilott accepted the award from Blades at Fire District 12 headquarters in Covington last month, according to a news release.

This is the third time FD12 has been honored with the award, having also received it for 2010 and 2012.

“While we’re honored to be recognized, our safety record is about more than getting awards,” Guilott said. “Keeping our employees safe helps keep insurance costs low and save taxpayers money, and our firefighters engage in ongoing safety training and drills year-round. By keeping ourselves safe, we’re better equipped to keep the public we serve out of harm’s way.”

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