Two new directors welcomed to Fire District No. 9 board


Managing Editor

Two new directors, Anthony Emmons and Alton Thibodeaux, were welcomed to the board of Fire District No. 9 by Chairman and Fire Chief Lee Herbert Monday night.

The election of board officers was among one of the new directors’ first actions.

Hebert was re-elected chairman, while Phil Hebert was renamed vice-chairman. Anthony Emmons was named secretary and the post of treasurer was postponed until a future meeting.

Under old business, Chairman Hebert detailed a list of equipment needs the district most likely will purchase when the current bond is paid off in March.

The list includes a new 75 foot ladder aerial truck, a new light rescue truck, a new pumper truck to replace a 1985 model, a one-ton dual truck with a flatbed, and the replacement of six damaged firefighting gear.

Hebert estimated the equipment might cost in the range of $700,000 to $800,000, with the aerial ladder truck alone costing $400,000.

In other action, directors approved rewarding 17 firemen who have completed 24 hours of required training each with a $125 gift certificate to a Lafayette store that specializes in firefighting and law enforcement supplies.

Directors also approved the purchase of DVD training materials costing approximately $3,000.

Chairman Hebert also announced the volunteer firemen’s association has agreed to oversee rental of the fire hall to its members. A $50 cleaning fee will be imposed, and a $150 fee charged for a second rental by the same volunteer fireman.

Hebert also reported the district has received its first payment of 2010 taxes in the amount of $24,432.50.

He said the Acadia Parish Fire Association is still awaiting news on its grant application to purchase new radio equipment for the parish’s fire departments. If the grant application is denied, Hebert projected it would cost the Rayne district approximately $50,000 to acquire the radio equipment.

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