Cotile VFD

Cotile VFD CHIEF: April Ward VOLUNTEERS: 30 (We are always accepting volunteers) FD 8: 55 SQ MI/ 2800 RESIDENTS APPROX 180 Calls each year 16 VEHICLES 3 STATIONS MEETINGS: Every MONDAY NIGHT 7PM @ 55 PARKER ROAD
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APRIL WARD, CHIEF, OVERSEES 25-30 VOLUNTEERS WHO RESPOND TO OVER 180 CALLS/YEAR IN A 55 SQ MI AREA INHABITED BY 2800 RESIDENTS. WE OPERATE A FLEET OF 15 EMERGENCY VEHICLES HOUSED IN 3 STATIONS; WE HAVE A LIVE BURN TRAINING BLDG AS WELL AS A FULL SIZE HELIPAD AT OUR PARKER ROAD STATION #1. WE ALSO HAVE A FULLY STOCKED MAINTENANCE SHOP.

Mission: WE STRIVE TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR OUR COMMUNITY BY KEEPING OUR VOLUNTEERS PROPERLY TRAINED AND OUR EQUIPMENT PROPERLY MAINTAINED; WE RESPOND BECAUSE WE WANT TO.

Operating as usual

Lil Boo's Y-Not Stop
11/09/2020

Lil Boo's Y-Not Stop

Y-Not Cruise to Lil Boo's?
It's a Cruise-In for EVERYONE. From classics, to hot rods, to jacked-up trucks, to hunting trucks & fixer-uppers... it's time to show off your ride!!!

Saturday, December 12 @ 2pm
Join us at Lil Boo's Y-Not Stop and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon for a cause. It's a FREE ADMISSION/FREE ENTRY event, but we do encourage you to support the Cotile Volunteer Fire Department's Toy Drive and BRING A NEW TOY or make a monetary donation to this AMAZING CAUSE.

Be on the lookout for more details.

Message us your entry information TODAY to get in on the Pre-Registration Door prizes. ALL makes, models, years, shapes & sizes are welcome.

Let's Cruise on in to Lil Boo's Y-Not Stop and bring a community together for a GREAT TIME!

SHARE • INVITE • ENTER • ATTEND • ENJOY

11/05/2020

Good morning

11/03/2020
Cotile VFD

Cotile VFD is still accepting applications at this time. November 20, 2020 will close the application acceptance for these 2 current positions.

Cotile Fire Department {Rapides Parish Fire District 8} is looking to hire (2) two part-time Firefighter/EMR. Applicants must have a valid drivers license, cleaning driving record, clean background, and a clean drug screen. This is an entry level position, no experience is necessary but it is preferred. Any applicant that is offered a position must complete a 90 day probationary period regardless of experience. If you are interested in applying for a position please come by the station located at 55 Parker Rd. Boyce, La 71409 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Ask to speak with Chief Ward or Board Member.

11/03/2020

Cotile VFD will hold our annual Boot/Toy Drive this Saturday, November 7, 2020 starting at 8:00am. All donations will be greatly appreciated. The funds we collect from this boot drive go to provide gifts for underprivileged children in our fire district. We can accept Cash, Checks, Change, or Unopened (Unwrapped) Gifts. Thank you all in advance for any contribution to our annual toy drive!

11/03/2020

Beginning tomorrow, November 4, 2020, Cotile VFD will begin accepting applications for our annual toy drive. The toy drive began numerous years ago to benefit all the underprivileged children in our fire district.

Applications will no longer be accepted after December 7, 2020 to allow us time for shopping, wrapping, and delivery of toys.

We did have to make a few changes this year so with that being said please read the following.

1. Children must be 12 years of age or younger (no exceptions)
2. The family must reside within the boundaries of Cotile VFD/RPFD8 fire district. Address of delivery must be provided on application for us to deliver toys.
3. If you are able to please include the child's favorite characters or past time on the application as well.
4. If the child is in need of clothes, bedding, etc. please include sizes on the application.
5. An application for each child must be filled out.

Applications will be available anytime Monday through Friday from 9:00AM until 5:00PM at 55 Parker Rd.

Applications can be filled out by anyone, we only ask that you have as much information as possible for proper delivery.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to get in touch with Chief or you may call the fire station at 318-793-4433

10/27/2020
Cotile VFD

Cotile VFD

Cotile Fire Department {Rapides Parish Fire District 8} is looking to hire (2) two part-time Firefighter/EMR. Applicants must have a valid drivers license, cleaning driving record, clean background, and a clean drug screen. This is an entry level position, no experience is necessary but it is preferred. Any applicant that is offered a position must complete a 90 day probationary period regardless of experience. If you are interested in applying for a position please come by the station located at 55 Parker Rd. Boyce, La 71409 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Ask to speak with Chief Ward or Board Member.

10/27/2020

Cotile Fire Department {Rapides Parish Fire District 8} is looking to hire (2) two part-time Firefighter/EMR. Applicants must have a valid drivers license, cleaning driving record, clean background, and a clean drug screen. This is an entry level position, no experience is necessary but it is preferred. Any applicant that is offered a position must complete a 90 day probationary period regardless of experience. If you are interested in applying for a position please come by the station located at 55 Parker Rd. Boyce, La 71409 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Ask to speak with Chief Ward or Board Member.

10/09/2020

Guys please don’t post on any social media page about trees down or any other emergencies on fb unless you have called 911. The fire department will not be self dispatching during a state of emergency! Also, if you call the fire station and we are on another call at that time it’s even longer before we can get to your call.

10/07/2020

We are currently in the process of preparing for Hurricane Delta.
As preparations begin around the state we currently do not have any tarps or MRE’s. I will know more about these items tomorrow.
We do have sand and sand bags available at the station located at 55 Parker Rd.
We have equipment on standby, trucks ready, & we will possibly be meeting tonight or tomorrow afternoon to work out last minute details and contact information.

During Hurricane Laura we had several community members step up and help us out anywhere from clearing roads to preparing food for the community, to just passing items out, or a couple members making sure that all the volunteers at the fire station were fed each day. We greatly appreciated every bit of the help we received from each of you! If those that were involved in this could you please send me a text or a fb message with your information.

Also, if you would like to help with this storm or even join the fire dept just let us know and I or we will meet with you! There was a lot of hard work poured into our community not only by the fire dept volunteers but individuals in our community that stepped up to help our neighbors out. This was our community coming together as a whole to help each other. I’m proud of our community and love seeing us all come together for each other! Thank you to all of you again!

Everyone please be safe and stay ready & alert! With the root damages, all the debris, and damages to homes this storm has the potential to cause further damages to our community. As always with any emergencies please call 911.

Chief April Ward
318-277-3850

10/05/2020
Cotile VFD

Cotile VFD

Cotile VFD will be hosting an LSU FETI class tonight (Oct. 5, 2020) for Vehicle Extrication @1800 hrs. If any other depts or their members are interested in attending please come on out, our address is 55 Parker Rd. Boyce, La 71409.
Oct. 5, 2020 @ 1800 hrs will be the classroom version.
Oct. 17, 2020 @ 0800 hrs will be the practical version. You will need to bring your gear with you on this day.
We look forward to seeing others join us tonight and on the 17th for some much needed practice/training since so many obstacles have halted a lot of training this year.

10/05/2020

Cotile VFD will be hosting an LSU FETI class tonight (Oct. 5, 2020) for Vehicle Extrication @1800 hrs. If any other depts or their members are interested in attending please come on out, our address is 55 Parker Rd. Boyce, La 71409.
Oct. 5, 2020 @ 1800 hrs will be the classroom version.
Oct. 17, 2020 @ 0800 hrs will be the practical version. You will need to bring your gear with you on this day.
We look forward to seeing others join us tonight and on the 17th for some much needed practice/training since so many obstacles have halted a lot of training this year.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
10/04/2020

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

It's officially #FirePreventionWeek!

This year's theme, whipped up by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!"

Let's start by sharing this Kitchen Safety Checklist that anyone, anywhere can use!

09/24/2020
Rpfd15

Rpfd15

Hopefully today we will release the new schedule for Firefighter 1 Bootcamp.
Again it will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with a few Saturdays thrown in for good measure.
Check back for updates and registration information.

09/23/2020

Cotile VFD phone line’s are currently down. If you have an emergency please dial 911.

09/17/2020

We are still getting calls about the burn ban at the station so I want to just let everyone know that the Burn Ban has been lifted as of Tuesday. Please burn responsibly and if you see at anytime the fire is getting out of control please call 911.

09/15/2020
09/10/2020
09/06/2020

9/6/2020
Cotile VFD Station 1
55 Parker Road
Supper will be ready to serve at 5:30/6:00. Please pass the word and come get a good meal!!

09/04/2020

This post is for the Cotile Lake/Wilda/Hot Wells/McNutt/Gardner areas.....
If there is a family who has lost everything or is unable to stay in their homes due to damages please call 318-277-3850 or text with the following information.... Name, Address, number of people and ages in the home.
If there is any elderly in any of these areas also that do not have electricity or a generator please send me their name and address so we can check on them and try to get them help. Please let me know ASAP.
Thanks,
Chief April Ward

09/03/2020
09/01/2020

Red Cross will be at the following locations tomorrow for mass feeding.

11-12 at Cotile Fire Dept
55 Parker Rd Boyce La 71409

12:30-1:30
Julius Patrick Civic Center
720 Mayo st Boyce La
71409

4:30 - 5:30
Julius Patrick Civic Center
720 Mayo St Boyce La

6:00-7:00
Cotile Fire Station
55 Parker Rd Boyce La

This is the schedule for the mass feeding Wednesday
God Bless !

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08/30/2020
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In order to begin the Response and Recovery for any potential Federal Assistance, the Rapides Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is asking for your help with documentation of damages. Please follow the link below. This does NOT take the place of any Insurance notification, nor is it a guarantee of any assistance, but it does help in gathering valuable information for the process.

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In addition, any resident that has tree on their home and they need assistance please dial 318-449-4218

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08/25/2020

RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS ARE URGED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS NOW TO STAY WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS.
DUE TO COVID – LOCAL GENERAL POPULATIONS SHELTERS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT.
RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO MAKE ALL PREPARATIONS NOW DURING BLUE SKIES. ONCE THE WEATHER DETERIORATES AND WINDS INCREASE – EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WILL ALSO HAVE TO TAKE SHELTER.
HAVE THE NON EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR UTILITIES AND USE 9-1-1 ONLY FOR LIFE SAFETY EMERGENCIES.

08/24/2020

The following is a list of locations for sandbags in Rapides Parish.

Department Sand Bag - Distribution Location
Alexandria:
Alex. Consolidated City Compound
2021 Industrial Park Rd

Johnny Downs Sports Complex
250 Vandenburg Dr

Bringhurst Park
1 Babe Ruth Dr

Cheatham Park
2956 Jones Ave

Frank O Hunter Park
2399 Willow Glen Rd

Alpine:
Training Center
Lions Club Rd
Station # 3
3608 Rigolette Rd

BALL FIRE DEPT
Station # 2 @ 5503 Pinebrook

BOYCE FIRE DEPT
Boyce Fire Station # 2 on Mayo St

COTILE FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 @ 55 Parker Rd.

CHENEYVILLE FIRE DEPT
Town Hall - Klock St.

DEVILLE FIRE DEPT
Station # 4 @ 1244 Hwy 115

ECHO POLAND FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 @ 9883 Hwy 1 South (front of doors)

FLATWOODS FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 @ 2051 Hwy 8

FOREST HILL FIRE DEPT
behind Forest Hill Academy Gym on Blue Lake Rd

GLENMORA FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 - Hwy 165/10th Ave

HOLIDAY VILLAGE FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 @ 5400 Hwy 28 E

LECOMPTE FIRE DEPT
2501 Hwy 71 S @ Station # 1

OakHill Fire Dept
Station # 1 @ 261 Havens Rd
Station # 4 @ 16 Morrison Rd

PINEVILLE FIRE DEPT * Pineville residents only proof of residency is required from 7am to 3pm *
Pineville City Barn
405 Sanders St

PLAINVIEW FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 @ 10941 Hwy 112

Rapides Parish Fire District 2
Station # 1
5104 Ransbottom Dr
Station # 2
6850 England Dr
Station # 3
3722 Church St
Station # 4
6613 Bayou Rapides
Station # 5
20 Kincaid RD

RUBY KOLIN FIRE DEPT
Station # 2 @ 163 Palmer Chapel Rd

SPRING CREEK FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 @ 757 Hwy 113

TAYLOR HILL FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 @ 571 Old Hwy 1 Lena, LA 71447

PINEVILLE FIRE DEPT * Pineville residents only proof of residency is required from 7am to 3pm *

WOODWORTH FIRE DEPT
Station # 1 @ 9059 Hwy 165

All locations are self serve. We ask that the public only take 5 per exterior door and 10 per patio doors.

RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS ARE URGED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS NOW TO STAY WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS.
DUE TO COVID – LOCAL GENERAL POPULATIONS SHELTERS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT.

RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO MAKE ALL PREPARATIONS NOW DURING BLUE SKIES. ONCE THE WEATHER DETERIORATES AND WINDS INCREASE – EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WILL ALSO HAVE TO TAKE SHELTER.
HAVE THE NON EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR UTILITIES AND USE 9-1-1 ONLY FOR LIFE SAFETY EMERGENCIES.

*** Sandbags are available at Station #1 on Parker Rd ***Bring your shovels and fill your own bags.Please be aware of yo...
08/23/2020

*** Sandbags are available at Station #1 on Parker Rd ***

Bring your shovels and fill your own bags.

Please be aware of your property's flood potential and plan accordingly ahead of time, don't wait till it's too late.

If an emergency arises or emergency evacuation is needed please call 911 and we will be on our way. Everyone take care and get prepared as we enter into hurricane season.

If there is any elderly that need sandbags around your home please contact us. We have a couple people that can fill the bags and place them for the elderly or disabled. You can reach the station at 318-793-4433!

08/17/2020

As Chief of the Cotile VFD, I would like to let everyone know that there are people in our community that are wearing Cotile Fire Dept T-shirt’s these people are NOT affiliated with Cotile VFD in any way. They were former members many years ago. We have changed over our t-shirts to identify our members. We are also working on a different approach to identify current members in good standings. If you have any questions or concerns about Cotile VFD, if you need to verify a member, or you have any complaints, comments, or suggestions please don’t hesitate to give us a call or you may send myself a private message.
I can be reached at the office Monday-Friday or by messenger anytime. God Bless

Chief April Ward

National Association of State Fire Marshals
08/15/2020

National Association of State Fire Marshals

Responding firefighters can be put at risk due to obstructed exits, falling objects, and excessive fire loading that can lead to collapse. Hoarding makes fighting fires and searching for occupants far more difficult.

#FireSafetyTips #Hoarding #BeSafe #CRR

07/13/2020
Ball Fire Department

Ball Fire Department

!! ATTENTION ALL EMR STUDENTS !!
Ball Fire Department will be rescheduling its EMR class for a date later on in the year. We will post the new dates within the next couple of weeks until then thank you for your patience.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
07/08/2020

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

The 2020 Louisiana Fire Safety Summit has been revamped into a VIRTUAL event at the end of this month! Thanks to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for their partnership in making this possible!

See details below and get signed up!

Olympia Firehouse 5 - Home to the Alumni Firefighters
06/30/2020

Olympia Firehouse 5 - Home to the Alumni Firefighters

06/05/2020

Cotile VFD has sand and sand bags available at Station 1 (55 Parker Rd.).
Please bring a shovel with you to fill bags. If there are any elderly that need assistance with bags please call the station at 318-793-4433 or if anyone has any questions please call.

The sand pile is now located at the first driveway in front of the burn building.

Louisiana Bureau of EMS
05/13/2020

Louisiana Bureau of EMS

On May 17-23, we will be celebrating EMS Week. Since our celebrations will be limited, we are asking everyone to participate in the White Ribbon Campaign.

Thank you to all our brothers and sisters in the fire service for all you do! Happy International Firefighters Day!
05/04/2020

Thank you to all our brothers and sisters in the fire service for all you do! Happy International Firefighters Day!

Happy International Firefighters Day!

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Who is going to be the live music at the toy drive
April, do you guys still have tarps?
DSNAP Approved for 16 Louisiana Parishes Virtual Application Process Rolling Out in Phases, Starting September 10th September 08, 2020 BATON ROUGE (Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received approval today to begin virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations in sixteen parishes to provide additional food aid to families impacted by Hurricane Laura. The program will run in phases, with the first phase beginning Thursday, Sept. 10. DSNAP, formerly called Disaster Food Stamps, provides food assistance to eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. The state must request that the federal government initiate DSNAP, but can only make the request after the president activates the Stafford Act and approves the parish for Individual Assistance (IA). Each IA-approved parish must also request DSNAP before the benefits can be provided to eligible residents of that parish. The 16 parishes that have been approved for IA and have requested DSNAP are Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, Vermilion, Vernon and Winn. DSNAP will operate in the approved parishes in two phases, with Phase 1 beginning Sept. 10 for nine parishes and Phase 2 beginning Sept. 17 for seven parishes. If additional parishes are approved for IA and request DSNAP, DCFS will add a third phase of DSNAP beginning Sept. 23. For a complete schedule, see below. SNAP recipients are not eligible for DSNAP and should not apply. Information about SNAP benefits changes related to Hurricane Laura, including replacement benefits for food lost due to power outages, can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/SNAPLaura. What Applicants Need to Know Due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, DSNAP applications will be handled by phone, and benefits cards will be mailed or sent through FedEx to approved applicants. Residents in the approved parishes for each phase will be assigned a day, based on the first letter of their last name, to call the LAHelpU Customer Service Center to apply for DSNAP. On their designated day, residents will call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578), between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Translation services are available for individuals whose primary language is not English. DCFS is anticipating significant interest in the DSNAP program. Three steps residents can take before calling to apply that will help reduce call wait times are: Register online first. Step-by-step instructions for this can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP. Download the LA Wallet mobile app for identity and residency verification. Information on the app, including download links, can be found at LAWallet.com. Gather all information needed for the application. A list of what is needed can be found in the FAQs at www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP. When residents call to apply, a worker will verify the applicant’s identity and residency, and obtain information about their income, resources and disaster-related expenses. Applicants will be told on the phone immediately after completing their application whether they have been approved to receive DSNAP and, if so, the amount of benefits they will receive. Applicants also will receive a letter by mail, confirming the eligibility decision made on their application. Applicants may name an Authorized Representative (AR) to apply for DSNAP benefits on their behalf. The head of household must authorize the person to serve as AR on their behalf, and the worker will need to speak to the head of household to confirm that they agree for the AR to speak on their behalf. Application Schedule Phase 1: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Rapides, Vermilion and Vernon Parishes Application period opens on Thursday, Sept. 10, with residents calling to apply according to the following schedule: Day 1 (Sept. 10) – Residents with last names beginning with A-C Day 2 (Sept. 11) – D-G Day 3 (Sept. 12) – H-L Day 4 (Sept. 13) – M-R Day 5 (Sept. 14) – S-Z Day 6 & 7 (Sept. 15-16) – Open for all (letters A-Z) in the Phase 1 parishes Phase 2: Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Sabine and Winn Parishes Application period opens on Thursday, Sept. 17, with residents calling to apply according to the following schedule: Day 1 (Sept. 17) – Residents with last names beginning with A-C Day 2 (Sept. 18) – D-G Day 3 (Sept. 19) – H-L Day 4 (Sept. 20) – M-R Day 5 (Sept. 21) – S-Z Days 6 & 7 (Sept. 22-23) – Open for all (letters A-Z) in the Phase 2 parishes Additional information about DSNAP can be found by texting LADSNAP to 898-211 or at www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP. ### SNAP Nondiscrimination Statement In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; Fax: (202) 690-7442; or Email: [email protected]. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Hey guys we are trapped on our driveway on McDaniels rd. Trees are down across everything. Phones aren't working to call anyone. Four families stuck back here, please help
Today I had a serious grease fire in my Kitchen. I managed to extinguish the fire while my wife called 911... no sooner had she got off the phone, trucks began to show up, one after another. The firefighters came in the house with the equipment they needed as soon.as they got there, they DID NOT waste time digging around in tool boxes, looking for a piece of equipment, while arguing about who misplaced it... They are professionals and very well trained and organized. I have lived all over the country in many small communities, all with VFD's. Never have I witnessed witnessed such a fast response time, but a rapid, well prepared, properly trained team, and I do mean TEAM. My wife and i.love our little piece of heaven and now we will sleep with a much greater piece of mind just knowing Cotile VFD is here and they have our backs... thank you ladies and gentlemen for all you did, and ALL you do daily for each of the residence of your fire district... I definitely sleep better at night knowing who is on the other end of our 911 call... again, I cannot thank you enough...