New aerial fire truck inspected
Board members of Fire District No. 9, along with volunteer firefighters, inspected the Rayne Volunteer Fire Department’s $402,000 custom 75-foot aerial ladder truck prior to Monday night’s meeting.
The truck is being outfitted by Bonaventure Firefighting Equipment Co. of Rayne and will be delivered in the near future.
After learning the department failed to secure a Community Development Block Grant to purchase new radio and pager equipment, the board voted to set specifications and seek bids to purchase over 40 voice pagers needed at a cost of over $400 each.
The new pager system will improve the department’s fire rating in 2011 and work toward lowering home insurance premiums. The department will have to construct a building to house the new equipment.
The board also to advertise for bids on 15 new, complete sets of self-contained breathing apparatus units to be purchased in several lots.
The board also authorized Fire Chief Lee Hebert to transfer lights to the new rescue truck when it is delivered in a few months and purchase six pike poles.
Chief Hebert reported the bank has cancelled the fire department’s debit card due to fraudulent activity on the card. The fraud is being investigated, he reported.
The board also authorized Phil Hebert, as board vice president, to sign and receive a bank card, along with Chief Hebert.