At fire district meeting


Managing Editor

The purchase of another truck, along with other purchases, was discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Fire District Two, Ward One board.

The fire district paid off the first three freight-liners this month, which were purchased several years ago. Members also discussed the purchase of a new truck and the project’s present status. The bonding attorney in the project recently died, and Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle said everything was on track and a new person had been assigned to the project. He said the first $25,000 of the purchase would be interest-free through a government program. The rest of the funding would be through bonds sold to Evangeline Bank. He wanted the board to know they would receive two bills over the next seven years as this obligation was paid. Once the paperwork was completed, board members learned work on the truck would begin.

Demoruelle said he distributed three pagers to Steve Thibodeaux, a member of the Chataignier Volunteer Fire Department, and some new vests firefighters will have to wear on accident scenes on federal and state funded highways. He said he gave 11 to Chataignier, one to put on each truck and seven for the volunteers who respond most to accidents. He also had 10 for Faubourg and Belaire Cove. The board agreed they would see how this distribution worked and if more where needed, they would discuss it.

In his fire report, he told board members there were 12 calls in the city in February and 13 in the district. The district had three structure fires, seven grass fires, one alarm activation, one extrication and one service call. The city had two structure fires, one grass fire, two medical calls, five alarm activations, one extrication and one service call.

The board also:

•Learned they received $107,000 from tax collections.

•Approved its bills for February.

•Set the next meeting for April 14.

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