Members of Training Division Attend 88th Annual FDIC Conference

In April, Chief of Training Dominick Bourgeois and Instructor Jon King attended the 2015 Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This international conference, attended by nearly 32,000 industry professionals, gives fire service professionals on all levels the opportunity to network with their peers, as well as attend workshops and classroom sessions to enhance their knowledge and provide skills, which they can bring back to their departments.

During the week-long conference, Bourgeois and King learned new techniques in vehicle extrication, hose handling, and in conducting live fire training in acquired structures. Also during the conference, both members attended numerous classes on rapid intervention crew deployment, officer development, and fire behavior.

They were also able to visit numerous vendor exhibits and see the latest and greatest in new apparatus design, firefighter personal protective equipment, and training aides.

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The above photos are from the heavy vehicle extraction class Instructor King attended. In this class, individuals were able to participate in scenarios they are likely to face on the street but may not be able to be trained for because their departments lack the needed resources such as semis and larger vehicles. Attendees are able to take home to their departments the practical knowledge they gain. Using semis, metro buses, and trailers, students participate in four separate, challenging practicals that also include a rotating wrecker.

FD12 Recruit Academy Graduates Its 7th Recruit Class

On Monday evening, April 25, six recruits graduated from FD12’s Recruit Academy in a formal ceremony at Northshore Bible Church in Covington.

Over the 14-week course, the graduates have obtained certifications in CPR, First Aid and the operation of Automated External Defibrillators; Hazardous Material Operations; Hazardous Material Awareness; and Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications.

“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication these recruits showcased during the academy,” said Dominick Bourgeois, chief of training at FD12. “We are also proud that for the past seven years, we  have continued to offer excellent training opportunities in-house for not only our own recruits, but for other Fire Districts in St. Tammany Parish.”

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Pictured above, from left to right, front row: Michael DeVun, FD12, Fallan Lowder, FD12, and Michael Babin, FD12. Back row: Chief of Training Dominick Bourgeois, Travis Katen, FD12, Tanner Stuard, independent, Scott Cookmeyer, FD3, and Training Officer Jon King.

In the weeks to follow, the firefighters will complete Driver/Operator training prior to their first shift, and continue their education with EMT training.

UniFire Team Members Attend Honorary Banquet During National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister recently signed a proclamation declaring the week of April 12 through April 18, 2015, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in St. Tammany Parish.

This week in April is set aside every year, on a national level, to recognize the men and women who we call first for help in an emergency. They are the voice on the other end of that 9-1-1 call who will walk you through any emergency situation, all the while communicating with first  responders to coordinate and route help as soon as humanly possible.

To celebrate their hard work and dedication, UniFire team members and other St. Tammany Parish dispatchers and communicators attended an honorary banquet on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

“We are very appreciative of St. Tammany Communications Dist. 1 for hosting the event every year,” said UniFire Communications Supervisor Jason Bilich. “UniFire, and every center in St. Tammany, works hard behind the scenes every minute of every day to provide the citizens of St. Tammany with care and compassion.  Call takers and dispatchers are often the unseen faces in emergencies; however, we are the first contact the public has during their worst time.  While nobody takes a job in public-safety for recognition, it is always nice to be recognized.”

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Pictured above is the UniFire team: front row (left to right): Jillian St. Amant, Kayla Stein, Katherine Dickens, Ashley Frederick; back row: Amy Gallardo, Jason Bilich, Stacey Blanc, Courtney Rice, Alyson Dantone Not pictured are: Holly Buckley, Leslie Estes, and Jessica Troupe


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Pictured above are members of UniFire and St. Tammany Parish Communications District 1.