Iota Volunteer Fire Department

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Operating as usual

10/14/2020
Iota Volunteer Fire Department

***UPDATE***

We're picking up 3 pallets of water right now. We'll have it available with the tarps 3-7pm today.

National Guard is also set up at St. Francis with water, ice, and MREs for those that need.

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Good morning everyone! We apologize to those who commented on our previous post about supplies & didn't receive a response. Monday was an extremely busy day and we didn't have any time to check social media. And yesterday the majority of your volunteers returned to their regular jobs or finally had time to clean up their properties.

We did receive more tarps yesterday. If you are still in need of tarps, you can come by the station today (Wednesday) from 3pm til 7pm. We can only distribute 2 tarps per household. We will have a drive-thru set up like we did Monday. Please enter the building through the north side ONLY. Tarps will not be reserved for anyone...it is first come, first serve until we run out.

At this moment, we have a few cases of MREs left but no water. If we receive more, we will pass it on.

10/14/2020

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Good morning everyone! We apologize to those who commented on our previous post about supplies & didn't receive a response. Monday was an extremely busy day and we didn't have any time to check social media. And yesterday the majority of your volunteers returned to their regular jobs or finally had time to clean up their properties.

We did receive more tarps yesterday. If you are still in need of tarps, you can come by the station today (Wednesday) from 3pm til 7pm. We can only distribute 2 tarps per household. We will have a drive-thru set up like we did Monday. Please enter the building through the north side ONLY. Tarps will not be reserved for anyone...it is first come, first serve until we run out.

At this moment, we have a few cases of MREs left but no water. If we receive more, we will pass it on.

10/12/2020

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We will begin distributing supplies at 1:00pm til curfew begins at sunset. The location will be at our station (210 South 1st St.). We will have a drive-thru set up in our building. Vehicles are to approach from Duson Ave (main street) ONLY. Vehicles will follow the traffic cones into our building on the north side and exit out the south side. Exiting traffic can ONLY go south. We will have fire trucks blocking South 1st St @ Peach St. Please be courteous with this so we can keep traffic flowing.

Supplies are VERY limited at this time, especially tarps. Tarps will be allocated ONLY to those who responded to our previous post. Water and MREs will be allocated based upon the number of people staying in the residence.

We may be receiving more supplies later in the week for those who still have a need. We will pass on that information as we get it.

Please be patient with us and the traffic in the area as we distribute the supplies.

10/12/2020

A few things to pass on, from your volunteers and the Iota Mayor's Page...

- If you have Friday pickup for trash, it will be picked up today.

- they will be distributing bag ice at St. Francis today starting at 8am, until all ice is given out.

- River of Life Fellowship has teamed up with a ministry called "Giving BAK" and the mayor's office to give out hot meals at the Iota Pavilion today, 11:15am til 1pm, or until supplies last. First come first served.

- we will be going to Crowley this morning to pick up water, tarps, and MREs. Many of you have contacted us already with your requests. As soon as we pick the supplies up and get situated, we will make a post with the location & available times for pickup.

10/11/2020

ATTENTION!!

If anyone needs water, MREs, and Tarps, please comment by 8am so we can get an accurate count for handouts.

Thank you

David Douget
Fire Chief

10/11/2020
Shortly before sunrise this morning, your volunteers headed out to begin clearing roads and assessing damages. We helped...
10/11/2020

Shortly before sunrise this morning, your volunteers headed out to begin clearing roads and assessing damages. We helped town workers cut trees off multiple roads in town while other volunteers checked roads and highways out of town.

Please be mindful that the recovery process will take some time. There are still roadways with wires down on them or hanging very low. All wires should be treated as energized.

If we can be of any assistance to the citizens of our district, please contact us by messaging this page and we will try our best to help out.

As we are all beginning our the cleanup from Hurricane #Delta, remember that safety is our number one concern.
10/10/2020

As we are all beginning our the cleanup from Hurricane #Delta, remember that safety is our number one concern.

As daylight is coming up after #Delta, we want to remind everyone, again, about generator safety.

If you hear that generator sound in your neighborhood, check on that neighbor’s setup to be sure they’re following these tips.

If anyone is interested in sandbags, these location are available!
10/07/2020

If anyone is interested in sandbags, these location are available!

Acadia Parish Police Jury
10/07/2020

Acadia Parish Police Jury

Acadia Parish has issued a voluntary evacuation for the entire parish effective immediately.

Those who live in unstable structures, including mobile homes and other structures that cannot withstand tropical or hurricane-force winds, are encouraged to evacuate.

At this time, a local or state shelter is not open. Residents who choose to evacuate should seek shelter with family, friends, or at a hotel and prepare their homes accordingly.

Whether residents evacuate or shelter in place, the Police Jury encourages everyone to have enough supplies on hand for 3-4 days.

Those who evacuate can stay updated on crucial road information such as detours, closures, and delays by visiting the Louisiana DOTD website or 511LA.org.

For those needing sandbags, locations throughout the parish can be found on the Police Jury’s page, Acadia Parish Police Jury.

Any parish-level questions regarding the evacuation or sandbags can be sent to the Director of the Acadia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Ashley LeBlanc at [email protected] or call 337-783-4357.

Tonight for training, we trained using our new "blitz monitor". The monitor allows us to flow up to 500gpm through a sin...
09/29/2020

Tonight for training, we trained using our new "blitz monitor". The monitor allows us to flow up to 500gpm through a single discharge, either manned or unmanned. It's a great asset when you need to flow big water but your manpower is limited. Members trained on operating the monitor, as well as pumping the truck. Great job by all!

It's almost that time of year!
09/27/2020

It's almost that time of year!

09/11/2020

Earlier this afternoon, we attended a 9/11 memorial service at the "Circle Park" in Eunice. We were joined by multiple fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and military veterans.

It was a very nice service and we'd like to thank Chief Johnson with Acadia District #4 for the invite.

On this day... 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to slee...
09/11/2020

On this day... 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00 am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.

#wewillneverforget #ivfd #iotavolunteerfiredepartment #firefighter #firerescue #LSFA #firefighterproud

Over the weekend, we received cases of drinking water and tarps from Acadia Parish OEP for distribution to the citizens ...
09/03/2020

Over the weekend, we received cases of drinking water and tarps from Acadia Parish OEP for distribution to the citizens of our fire district. Monday we distributed all those tarps and then some, but only a few people requested water. Rather than keep it for ourselves, the decision was made to load it up and bring it to an area effected by Hurricane Laura.

This morning, Assistant Chiefs LeDoux & Thevis brought nearly 70 cases of drinking water to the town of Vinton. Some of the water was left at their fire station and the rest dropped for distribution to the citizens of Vinton.

They were blown away by the devastation they saw while on the road. They didn't travel south of US-90 but the damage seen throughout western Jeff Davis and into Calcasieu was heartbreaking. Vinton Fire Chief Chris Vice said it may be 4-6 weeks before power is restored there.

Here in Iota and Acadia Parish, we were mostly spared. But a mere 30 miles west tells a completely different picture. We ask you to please keep all those effected by Hurricane Laura in your thoughts and prayers, they have a very long road ahead.

08/31/2020

If anyone needs drinking water or tarps, please come bt the fire station tonight after 6 p.m. We have cases of drinking water and tarps to hand out.

Big thank you to the Stewart family for coming to the station and giving us some candy!
08/28/2020

Big thank you to the Stewart family for coming to the station and giving us some candy!

Phone has been returned to it's owner!
08/28/2020

Phone has been returned to it's owner!

One of our members found this cell phone along main street, in the curve by the old Foret's store and the water plant. If it's your's, message this page with the passcode to prove it is your's and we'll arrange to get it back to you.

Please share this to help us find the owner.

One of our members found this cell phone along main street, in the curve by the old Foret's store and the water plant. I...
08/28/2020

One of our members found this cell phone along main street, in the curve by the old Foret's store and the water plant. If it's your's, message this page with the passcode to prove it is your's and we'll arrange to get it back to you.

Please share this to help us find the owner.

One thing that's for certain, the brotherhood of fire reaches far and wide. This morning, one of our Assistant Chiefs wa...
08/27/2020

One thing that's for certain, the brotherhood of fire reaches far and wide. This morning, one of our Assistant Chiefs was contacted by a friend of his from the southeast part of Louisiana who is a member of a non-profit volunteer USAR (Urban Search & Rescue) group. The group was looking for a place to stage toward Hurricane Laura's path. Chief Douget and District Board Chairman Walker graciously offered our station to them.

As of right now, there are 8 personnel with 4 rescue boats staged to respond to water rescues once the storm has passed. It is our hope that their skills will not be needed in our immediate area but they are at the ready if needed.

Tonight, our house is their house!

As Hurricane Laura slowly moves towards the gulf coast, our firefighters make final preparations for what’s to come. Iot...
08/27/2020

As Hurricane Laura slowly moves towards the gulf coast, our firefighters make final preparations for what’s to come. Iota VFD Fire crews are staffing and we check all rescue gear and power equipment to quickly respond to any emergency.

Call 911 immediately for any emergency.

Stay away from down power lines.
Do not enter high or rapid moving water.
Use battery operated lighting. No candles.
Place generator outside in an open area.
Follow fueling directions and fuel placement.
Check smoke alarms.

Stay safe....

We, like we hope everyone is, spent this morning wrapping up a few storm preps at our station. We went to the town barn ...
08/25/2020

We, like we hope everyone is, spent this morning wrapping up a few storm preps at our station. We went to the town barn to get sand bags because wind driven rain blows under our meeting room doors. We pull up at the barn and see this...a big group from the Iota High School football team bagging sand bags and loading them in vehicles.

It's awesome to see the community come together in times like this, especially our youth. So thank you boys, your efforts have not gone unnoticed!

With Marco & Laura right around the corner, here are some generator safety tips.
08/24/2020

With Marco & Laura right around the corner, here are some generator safety tips.

Generator safety must be taken into consideration as Marco and Laura make their steady approach to the Gulf coast. Keep these important generator safety tips in mind to ensure your generator experience is a safe one:

• Never run a generator indoors.
• Run your generator outdoors on a dry surface. Keep it far away from doors, windows, vents, and air-conditioning to prevent any carbon-monoxide buildup.
• Allow your generator to cool before refueling and make sure the engine is turned off.
• Do not plug your generator’s cord directly into a wall outlet, as this can damage your home’s electrical wiring and cause a fire. Instead, connect your generator to a transfer switch with a genset cord.
• As you plug in accessories or appliances, be sure that the total wattage you’re using is less than the output recommend for your generator. Do not exceed capacity.

For more tips and information, visit https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use.html

Photos from Iota Volunteer Fire Department's post
08/19/2020

Photos from Iota Volunteer Fire Department's post

08/12/2020

The Iota volunteer fire Department had a very busy night last night. A little after 11:00 PM, we received a report of a possible structure fire/smoke inside of a residence on McCain Road. Once firefighters arrived on scene, they found a residence with no signs of smoke or fire. Fortunately For us, but unfortunate for the homeowner, the house was not on fire, but rather it was an air-conditioning issue.

Before our firefighters could return to the station, we received a report of a fire alarm at 101 Southern Ave. Firefighters were able to respond extremely quickly due to the fact that they were almost back to the station, meaning all trucks were staffed and on the road. When firefighters arrived, they found an alarm activated on a second floor apartment. Utilizing quick thinking and proper tactics, firefighters were able to make entry into the apartment, where they found no one there, thankfully, but rather an apartment under renovation. It is believed that the chemicals inside the residence activated the fire alarm. Our fire crews were on the road until well after 1:00 AM, proving their dedication towards our fire department and our community. We are blessed to have such a large group of dedicated volunteer firefighters who are willing to drop what they are doing and help at a moments notice, despite the extremely late or early time of day. We thank everyone for their continued support, and will continue to provide quality service towards our citizens and our community.

Last night, firefighters fro Iota were joined by firefighters from Acadia Evangeline Fire District, Acadia Parish Fire D...
08/11/2020

Last night, firefighters fro Iota were joined by firefighters from Acadia Evangeline Fire District, Acadia Parish Fire District 4, Branch Volunteer Fire Department, and Egan Volunteer Fire Department for a joint training session. This training was instructed by Andrew Degenhardt with LSU-FETI, the subject was on Forcible Entry. LSU provided a state of the art mobile prop.

Nothing beats this view
08/06/2020

Nothing beats this view

What’s going on with your Fire Department?Maintenance!All too often we are asked how do we keep our equipment in such gr...
08/06/2020

What’s going on with your Fire Department?

Maintenance!

All too often we are asked how do we keep our equipment in such great shape? How are our fire trucks, gear, air packs, and all of our loose equipment always ready to be used and kept in such impeccable condition? That answer is simple, we make sure that everything is properly maintained.

Over the past two days Sharp Testing Services has been at our fire station performing maintenance tests on all of our fire hose and portable ground ladders. As with every service test, we will have equipment that may fail. These tests are to ensure that if our equipment fails, it fails during testing and not on an active fire scene.

Fire hose is the lifeblood of any fire department. It allows the firefighters to perform their duties, extinguishment and rescues, by supplying us with the most adequate extinguishing agent we have available, water! Fire hose allows us to have an escape route if we need it, provide additional water from hydrants or other available sources, and is one of the most important tools we have on the truck. We carry 1000 feet of LDH supply house, 400 feet of smaller supply hose, and 600 feet of pre-connected attack hose for fighting fires. These hoses are filled with water and then pressure tested to a recommended level so we can ensure they will not fail when we are using them to fight fire.

The ground ladders we carry her equally just as important. While we do not have an aerial ladder truck, we still have to carry certain amounts of ladders so we can access multiple story structures. These ladders or weight tested to ensure that they will not fail as we are climbing or using them.

We would like to think Sharp Testing Services for their attention to detail, their enduring work ethic, And how they ensure that our hoses are tested correctly and placed back on our trucks properly, ready for the next run.

Last night, firefighter from Iota were dispatched to assist firefighter in Egan with a structure fire. Due to the rapid ...
08/03/2020

Last night, firefighter from Iota were dispatched to assist firefighter in Egan with a structure fire. Due to the rapid response and quick knockdown by Egan VFD, the Fire was under control before we arrived. The Iota VFD provided 1 pumper/tanker, 1 tanker and 11 personnel.

We would like to thank the Egan VFD for their amazing efforts in controlling the fire so quickly, Acadia Parish Emergency Dispatch Center, and the AcadianParish Sheriff’s Office.

Address

210 S 1st St
Iota, LA
70543

General information

The Iota Volunteer Fire Department is located in Iota, Louisiana. It is landmarked between Crowley, LA, Jennings, LA, and Eunice, LA. We are a completely volunteer organization focusing on life safety and public education. There are currently 36 active members in this fire department, with 8 officers. We encompass a large are, approximately 88 square miles, with a class 3 I.S.O. rating. We staff 3 Engines, 2 Pumper/Tankers, 2 Gravity Tankers, 1 Medical Unit, 1 Brush Unit, 1 Service Unit, and 1 Antique Parade Apparatus.

Telephone

(337) 779-2538

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Please stay safe on the roads this holiday season! We are often askedwhy a fire truck is blocking a road and why the interstate or highways get shut down. It is to keep firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement officials safer. Please remember to slow down when you see emergency vehicles with their lights on and to be patient during emergency incidents. We are trying to protect you, but also ourselves. Remember a firefighter police officer or EMT is still someone's son or daughter/mother or father and we want to keep them safe as well.
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