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

Louisiana Bureau of EMS

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.

Alexandria Emergency Hospital

Alexandria Emergency Hospital

Meet our Chief Medical Officer - Doctor Kelvin Spears

Dr. Spears was born at England Air Force Base Hospital and has lived in Alexandria, LA most of his life. As a child, he witnessed disparities in health care that sparked his desire to become a physician. He earned his BS in Chemistry at Dillard University in New Orleans, attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, and completed Residency in Emergency Medicine at Martin Luther King Jr./ Charles Richard Drew University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, CA. He has been practicing since 1983.
After 10 years working out of state at several different county indigent hospitals, Dr. Spears returned to Central Louisiana. He is very active in our local medical community, having served as Volunteer Medical Director for the Alexandria, Pineville, and Cotile Fire Departments. Dr. Spears is a member of the Delta One DMAT Emergency Preparedness Team. He has also served on mission trips to Central America and Africa for the past 10 years, where he is able to help set up medical clinics for patients who do not ordinarily have access to medical care, while ministering to them and mentoring the pre-med students that attend the trips. He feels that the greatest accomplishment of his career is being a part of Alexandria Emergency Hospital, a new generation of emergency care.
Family is very important to Dr. Spears. He enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He says his parents were the greatest influences on his career because they taught him a sense of dedication, work ethic, and perseverance. He is most passionate about being given the privilege to care for people and live out the motto of his alma mater....."worship God, through service to mankind".

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

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

Happy International Firefighters Day!


If there are any households inside Rapides Parish Fire District 8 that did not come by the Cotile Fire Station on Parker Rd to receive your free masks. Please come by the Fire Station today! We are distributing masks 2 per household. Please bring your drivers license. Today will be our final distribution for our district. If you have any questions you may call the station at 318-793-4433.


Cotile Fire Department will be distributing face masks to the citizens of Fire District #8, Tuesday April 28, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Community members can pick up face masks at 55 Parker Rd. Fire Station #1. (Please stay in your car when you arrive, there will be a drive-through set up). We will be distributing up to 2 masks per household. Please have your drivers license available for proof of residency. Proof will be needed. At this time we will not be able to provide more than 2 masks, not every household member will receive a mask. as we have a limited amount of masks, we are limiting the amount to the main errand runner or head of household for each household at this time. The masks are made of 100% cotton and can be washed. Please call (318)793-4433, (318)277-3850 or message the page with any questions.

Burn Ban has been lifted!

Burn Ban has been lifted!


The statewide burn ban issued 3/25 is LIFTED effective IMMEDIATELY!

Please remain aware of and compliant with any local restrictions on open burning and follow DEQ’s guidance on legal open burning materials:

Please also be sure to follow safe open burning practices.

Thank you to everyone who cooperated in order to be considerate of your neighbors who are spending more time at home due to #COVID19!

Louisiana Fire News

Louisiana Fire News

Today, Louisiana lost a legend of the fire service, Bobby Strozier. He was a long time Carrol L. Herring Fire & Emergency Training Institute instructor and brought many years of wisdom to the classroom across Louisiana to aspiring firefighters. He always had a story, a joke, or a magic trick to share with every person he met.
Godspeed, sir! You will be missed.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

As we head into the weekend, State Fire Marshal Chief Butch Browning has this message for everyone about the current burn ban.

Thank you to all who have shared information about the ban and are cooperating with it! #COVID19

Please be mindful of the current order from the Louisiana State Fire Marshall! In order to help curve the COVID-19 epide...

Please be mindful of the current order from the Louisiana State Fire Marshall! In order to help curve the COVID-19 epidemic we will be enforcing this order.
We do understand that everyone is working outside and is utilizing there stay at home order by cleaning your yards, etc., just remember there may be someone that may have respiratory issues this could make it worse for your neighbors, which will lower their immune system. If you have not gotten permission from the Fire Dept we will be handing out the cease and desist orders, and putting your fires out. Non compliance of this order can lead to a fine issued by law enforcement.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal


BATON ROUGE- State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. This order is effective as of 8 a.m., March 25, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

“This burn ban is necessary to supplement the governor’s ‘Stay At Home’ order aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 due to the anticipation that there may be an increase in open burning occurring across the state as families look for ways to pass the time at home,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “This order will assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers that could result in unnecessary fire service response as well as diminish airborne irritants caused by burning.”

This ban shall not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law
(R.S. 3:3601 et seq.).

Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

SFM Public Affairs Director- Ashley Rodrigue
Contact Information- [email protected]

Life Air Rescue

Life Air Rescue

Spread information, not germs!

Ball Fire Department

Ball Fire Department

Rapides Firefighter's Association Meeting Tonight at 6PM
Woodworth Fire Department is graciously hosting tonight's meeting and providing a meal.

Meeting Agenda=
Call to Order
Acknowledgment of hosting department, Woodworth Fire Department
Acknowledgment of guest
Minutes of last meeting
Police Jury Report

Old Business
Training= Instructor 1 Class
Skills Days
Open Floor for any other old business and discussion

New Business
Mission Statement
Election procedures
Open Floor for any other new business and discussion

See Yall There!



Thursday February 6, 2020 at 6 pm RPFD 15 will host an LSU FETI class on fireman carries and drags.
Hope to see y’all here for a great training opportunity.
Call 3187932005 if you’d like more info.


On behalf of Cotile VFD, I would like to take this time to say Thank you to everyone that came out today as we celebrated the retirement of Chief Reuben Ramos after serving 45 years with Cotile! A Special Thank you to Mr. Richard Billings, Mr. Randy McCain, & Bro. Oliver Dean for coming today and speaking. Chief Ramos had a great time and was very surprised to say the least! Thank you again and God bless you all!

Fire Dist.1 Wards 3&4 Station 3

Fire Dist.1 Wards 3&4 Station 3

US National Weather Service Shreveport Louisiana

US National Weather Service Shreveport Louisiana

A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas until 6 PM CST

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana

A cold front moving through the region this afternoon will have the potential to produces severe thunderstorms. All types of severe weather will be possible including damaging winds, large hail, and even a few tornadoes.

City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Government
City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Government

City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Government

Jason Hebert, a Natchitoches native with 28 years of firefighting and EMS experience, has joined the Alexandria Fire Department as the new Director of EMS.

“More than 70 percent of the calls our fire department responds to are medical calls,” noted Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “So it is critical that our fire department personnel have the proper medical training and supplies to be able to respond to emergencies. Jason has the experience and will be a great asset to our department and to the citizens of Alexandria.” Click the link below for more information.



Make sure you water your Christmas tree - this is SO important. 💧🎄

Annual Cotile VFD Toy/Boot Drive today, corner of 28 West and St Clair Rd. Come on down and support our community and he...

Annual Cotile VFD Toy/Boot Drive today, corner of 28 West and St Clair Rd. Come on down and support our community and help us make some community kids happy this Christmas. We Thank you all in advance for your support!!!

KALB News Channel 5
KALB News Channel 5

KALB News Channel 5

#WATCH Chief Butch Browning tells us how to get a free smoke alarm and gives us some tips on how to keep your family safe from fire during the cold weather season.


Cotile VFD will be handing out candy at the station located at 55 Parker Rd (Hoyt Rd intersection) until 7:30 pm

Move Over Project

Move Over Project

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

Keep all the first responders in your prayers as they prepare to help with Hurricane Dorian. Also keep the families in the path of this storm in your prayers.

September 2, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Update: More Louisiana Emergency Responders Deployed for Dorian Support Efforts

BATON ROUGE (September 2, 2019) – The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) continues to coordinate support for states expected to be impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Following a new request from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, @Governor John Bel Edwards has approved the deployment of more than 100 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel and assets, under the coordination of the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM), to assist with Hurricane Dorian response.

The unit deploying consists of three 35-member teams each bringing a minimum of two boats and a 21-person Incident Support Team (IST), specializing in disaster deployment operations and logistics. The unit is made up of State Fire Marshal staff as well as firefighters from Monroe, Shreveport, Pineville, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, St. George, Houma, Lafourche Parish, New Orleans, Tangipahoa Parish, Kentwood, Natalbany, Hammond, St. John Parish, Jefferson Parish and St. Bernard. New Orleans EMS and several K-9 teams will also be part of the deployment.

Most of the teams left the SFM headquarters in Baton Rouge on Monday, headed for the Florida National Guard Base outside of Jacksonville.

"With Hurricane Dorian becoming the second strongest storm on record, it is no surprise our friends in Florida are taking all precautions necessary and making all preparations possible including calling on our USAR teams to help with potential aftermath," said State Fire Marshal Chief H. "Butch" Browning, "We are hopeful for the best, but ready to aid Florida with any needs they have as Dorian targets their coastline."

A ten-member Incident Support Team (IST), specializing in disaster deployment operations and logistics, departed Baton Rouge Sunday for South Carolina to offer their expertise in organizing and managing numerous search and rescue teams responding to multiple missions at once.

Seven ambulance teams with a total of 35 units and 80 personnel arrived in Florida Saturday as emergency officials there prepare for this dangerous system.

There is an established state-to-state assistance program used to coordinate support through GOHSEP. The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency or disaster through a responsive, straightforward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states. EMAC establishes a firm legal foundation for sharing resources between states. Once the conditions for providing assistance to a requesting state have been set, the terms constitute a legally binding agreement. The EMAC legislation solves the problems of liability and responsibilities of cost and allows for credentials, licenses, and certifications to be honored across state lines.

Cotile VFD is always accepting applications for volunteers!! If you would like to join we have several different areas i...

Cotile VFD is always accepting applications for volunteers!! If you would like to join we have several different areas in the fire service that we could always use volunteers. We have FIRE/RESCUE, EMS, Ladies Auxiliary and there are many more areas in the fire service that we could always use the help!
Come join us on Monday night at 7:00 pm at the station on Parker Rd.

August 1, 2019 The New car seat laws go into affect.

August 1, 2019 The New car seat laws go into affect.

Don't forget! New child seat safety laws go into effect in TWO WEEKS on August 1st!

Check out the guidelines below and help spread the word!

Louisiana State Police Louisiana Highway Safety Commission

The Burn Ban issued on Friday, July 12, 2019 is still in effect for all of Louisiana.

The Burn Ban issued on Friday, July 12, 2019 is still in effect for all of Louisiana.

Statewide Burn Ban Still In effect.

Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Cleco reminds customers to be safe during Tropical Storm Barry

Source: KALB

Posted: Sat 11:22 AM, Jul 13, 2019

PINEVILLE, La. (Cleco) - As heavy rain and strong winds from Tropical Storm Barry begin to impact Cleco’s service territory, customers may begin to experience power outages.

“We remind customers to report power outages to Cleco, and report dangerous situations involving electricity to Cleco and 911,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management. “Customers can report outages by calling 1-800-622-6537 or texting “REG” to 25326 (Cleco).”

Cleco reminds customers to be safe during the storm:
• In the event of flooding, remember to never walk, swim or drive through water. If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around and go another way.
• If water is rising, turn off electricity at the main breaker, evacuate and stay away until waters have completely receded. Have an electrician check the building's wiring before using electricity.
• Stay clear of fallen trees or debris where downed power lines may be hidden.
• Stay away from areas where Cleco crews are working.
• Stay away from downed lines. Assume all downed power lines are live and stay away. Do not attempt to move limbs or anything else touching a power line.

For storm safety tips, as well as up-to-the-minute outage information and estimated restoration times, visit Cleco’s Storm Center website at or follow the company on Facebook at @ClecoPower.

Copyright 2019 Cleco. All rights reserved.


We would just like to remind everyone that once the storm gets rolling to please refrain from traveling! If you’re in an emergency or dangerous situation please call 911. If you are traveling please remember if roads are flooded to turn around! We will be running calls but we will also watch and be very cautious for our own safety so that we can return to our families also! We will also not be running if winds are in excess of 45 mph until the winds have calmed down enough for us to be out safely. We will also be manning the fire station until at least midnight tonight maybe later.

If anyone is still in need of sandbags we do have them available. We have filled and placed well over 50 bags today for our elderly in the community.

Everyone stay safe! If you have an emergency call 911. All non-emergency calls you may call the fire station at 318-793-4433

KALB News Channel 5
KALB News Channel 5

KALB News Channel 5

STATEWIDE BURN BAN: To assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers during this state of emergency, the state is under a burn ban.

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

*** 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!


55 Parker Rd
Boyce, LA


(318) 793-4433


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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 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 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...