Mamou Fire Department holds successful shuttle

MAMOU - The Mamou Fire District recently held its annual water shuttle demonstration. The fire district is mandated to recertify once each year. This year, the evaluator for the demonstration was District Chief Dwayne Thieve of the Richard Fire District.

The three departments from the district were the Mamou Volunteer Fire Department, the W.C. Read Volunteer Fire Department and the Vidrine Volunteer Fire Department. Together, the three departments worked to perform the shuttle. Assisting the local departments as mutual aid were the Eunice Fire Department with two fire trucks, the Chataignier Fire Department with one truck, the Duralde Substation from the Basile District with one truck, the Pine Prairie Fire Department with one truck and Ward Five Fire District from Turkey Creek with two trucks.

The Mamou Fire District was able to shuttle water from one-and-a-half miles away and continuously discharged it at a rate of 1,000 gallons per minute. This was done for a time of one hour and 15 minutes. District Fire Chief Garry Reed stated this procedure is done to prove their fire departments can deliver a good rate of water in the rural areas of the district. This procedure has been used at actual fires and it does work.

Chief Reed went on to state the water shuttle is not new to the fire department. “Fifteen years ago, we realized it was necessary to do the shuttle because of the lack of water in the rural areas. After witnessing the shuttle in Eunice, the volunteers knew it would take all three departments to perform the operation. A pack was formed and the fire district volunteers went to work. The first time the district certified, we did 550 gallons per minute. But after acquiring new fire trucks, the district went to 1,000 gallons per minute. Through the years, the Mamou Fire District has gone from a Class Eight rating in town to a Class Four rating, and in the rural areas from a Class Nine rating to a Class Five rating. All the volunteer firemen are to be commended for their efforts. The firemen performed professionally at the demonstration.”

“The Mamou Fire District Board is committed to providing the best fire protection for its area and this demonstration is an example of our commitment to make the community fire-safe for all,” said Chief Reed.

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