Marksville Fire Department

Marksville Fire Department This is the official page of the City of Marksville Fire Department

04/30/2020

Marksville Fire Department and Marksville Police Department are out of masks.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
04/23/2020

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

🚨ATTENTION🚨

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:https://deq.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/About_LDEQ/enviroschool/BurningPresentation_2019_Update.pdf

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!

HAPPENING NOW!Blood drive in the parking lot of Avoyelles Hospital from 11 am - 4 pm. Due to COVID-19, there is a blood ...
04/22/2020

HAPPENING NOW!

Blood drive in the parking lot of Avoyelles Hospital from 11 am - 4 pm. Due to COVID-19, there is a blood shortage. Please go out and donate if you can. YOU can help save a life.

COVID-19 crisis blood needed now.
Avoyelles Hospital parking lot today, April 22.
11 am - 4pm, please come out and support.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MARKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE
04/16/2020

MAN ARRESTED FOR MARKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE

MAN ARRESTED FOR MARKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE

AVOYELLES PARISH (April 15, 2020)- The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) has arrested a Marksville man for setting fire to his mother’s home while she and another occupant were inside.

Daniel Ford, 20, was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail on one count of Aggravated Arson.

Just before 11 p.m. on April 14, the Marksville Fire Department responded to the 500 block of Andrus Street for a reported house fire. Firefighters discovered an exterior laundry room, attached to the carport, had suffered minor fire and smoke damage. The fire had been extinguished by one of the occupants prior to the arrival of fire crews.

After an assessment of the scene, SFM investigators determined the fire originated on plywood board inside of the laundry room and was intentionally set.

Deputies learned Ford, who was not allowed inside of the home by his mother, had gotten into an altercation just before the fire.

In an interview with deputies, Ford admitted to setting the fire and not alerting anyone or attempting to extinguish it.

(Booking Photo Courtesy Avoyelles Parish Jail)
SFM Public Affairs Director- Ashley Rodrigue Contact Information- [email protected]

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
04/13/2020

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

#Recall: About 685,000 Pass and Seymour Receptacles can cause plug blades to overheat, posing a burn risk to consumers. Get free replacement or refund CONTACT: 833-552-0388 or http://legrand.us. Full recall notice: https://bit.ly/2XDlicp

Urgent! Blood supply reserves are getting dangerously low throughout the nation due to COVID-19. If you are healthy, ple...
04/07/2020

Urgent! Blood supply reserves are getting dangerously low throughout the nation due to COVID-19. If you are healthy, please donate.

We are in need of blood donors as a result of the outbreak of the Coronavirus which has led to the loss of more than 3,500 upcoming blood donations.
The LifeShare Bus will be at Avoyelles Hospital Wednesday, April 22, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Healthy individuals are needed to donate.

03/30/2020

We are calling on the public to assist us in further developing a network of AED devices in our community. Utilizing the PulsePoint AED app, we are able to map out AEDs for the public to use, giving vital access to an AED in the event of a cardiac arrest.

If any member of the community knows the location of a device (such as their place of work, school or church), please reach out to us via private message.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
03/24/2020

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

STATEWIDE BURN BAN ISSUED DURING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

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]

Overloaded electrical outlets are one of the leading causes of house fires. Avoid plugging too many items into a single ...
02/03/2020

Overloaded electrical outlets are one of the leading causes of house fires. Avoid plugging too many items into a single outlet or using undersized extension cords on larger appliances and space heaters.

Click below to read more about electrical safety and how YOU can prevent an electrical fire in your home.

It's a new month which means a new fire safety message!

Last year, many of our fire fatalities and injuries were attributed to fires where electrical malfunction was either confirmed or suspected as the cause.

Below are some common electrical-related fire causes and prevention tips from the U.S. Fire Administration and FireRescue1 that we hope you'll help us by sharing!

🔥Electrical fire cause 1: Faulty outlets, appliances. Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire.

Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the grounding plug from a cord so it can be used in a two-prong electrical outlet can also cause a fire. The reason appliances have the extra prong is so they can be only used in outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity that these appliances draw.

🔥Electrical fire cause 2: Light fixtures. Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount.

Another cause of fire is placing materials like cloth or paper over a lampshade. The material heats up and ignites, causing a fire. Faulty lamps and light fixtures also frequently result in fires.

🔥Electrical fire cause 3: Extension cords. Misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure. If you do not have the appropriate type of outlets for your appliances, hire an electrician to install new ones.

🔥Electrical fire cause 4: Space heaters. Because these types of heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface.

🔥Electrical fire cause 5: Wiring. Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves and air conditioners.

Breakers should be triggered when circuits get overloaded by too much electricity, but outdated breaker boxes often have worn connectors that do not work, causing the system to overload and start an electrical fire.

#FireIsEveryonesFight

Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association
12/29/2019

Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association

MFD would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day! Check the link below for helpful holiday cooking safe...
11/28/2019

MFD would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day! Check the link below for helpful holiday cooking safety tips.

More Than Three Times as Many Home Cooking Fires Occur on Thanksgiving Day: Prepare Accordingly to Make It a Festive, Fire-free Holiday! https://bit.ly/2KCCVBA

Please #MoveOver, it’s the law.
11/20/2019

Please #MoveOver, it’s the law.

More than 150 law enforcement officers have been killed since 1997 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways. Always #MoveOver when you see emergency lights on the roadside.

10/31/2019
Marksville Fire Department

*GOING ON NOW!* Come out and join us for a night of safe, family friendly fun! Events include our annual haunted house through the old fire station and trick ‘r treating around the courthouse square.

Come join us tomorrow night, October 31st, for our annual haunted house at the old fire station located on the hill next to the police department. Admission is free to the public but donations are welcome. Time is from 6p - 8p. This is a family friendly event that will run in conjunction with trick ‘r treating around the courthouse square. We hope to see you there!

10/31/2019

Come join us tomorrow night, October 31st, for our annual haunted house at the old fire station located on the hill next to the police department. Admission is free to the public but donations are welcome. Time is from 6p - 8p. This is a family friendly event that will run in conjunction with trick ‘r treating around the courthouse square. We hope to see you there!

City of Marksville City Hall
07/31/2019

City of Marksville City Hall

We are no longer under a Boil Advisory

City of Marksville City Hall
07/29/2019

City of Marksville City Hall

Please boil the water until Wednesday July 31st. Thanks

07/14/2019
Cleco

Cleco

When power goes out, some customers rely on a generator for temporary power. Generators, when used correctly, can provide backup power to a customer’s home or business, but we remind our customers to be safe.
• Never run a generator indoors.
• Thoroughly read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper use of a portable generator.
• Operate the generator in a well-ventilated area.
• Plug appliances directly into portable generators with grounded extension cords that can handle the load.
• Don’t plug a generator cord directly into a wall outlet. A generator can back feed electricity through a home’s electric wiring to the entire Cleco circuit. This can damage to a generator and in some instances even cause injury or even death to a worker attempting to repair that circuit.
• Don’t exceed the rated capacity of a generator.
• Only refuel a generator when the engine is off and cool.

07/11/2019

Sandbags will be located at the following locations. Citizens are encouraged to bring their own shovels. Bags will be provided at each site. Please limit 10 bags per household.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Marksville (citizens inside city limits)
• “Y” next to the Marksville Fire Department (will be delivered today at noon)

Marksville (citizens outside city limits)
• Avoyelles Parish Police Jury Maintenance Yard

Fifth Ward Community
• Fifth Ward Fire Department

Brouillette Community
• Brouillette Fire Department

Mansura
• Avoyelles Parish Police Jury Maintenance Yard
• Cochon de Lait Pavilion

Bunkie
• Bunkie City Maintenance Yard

Simmesport
• Next to the old community center on Mission Dr.
• Simmesport Fire Department

All other areas
• Avoyelles Parish Police Jury Maintenance Yard

A recall has been issued for certain models of Kidde fire extinguishers which may fail to discharge when used. One death...
07/04/2019
Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

A recall has been issued for certain models of Kidde fire extinguishers which may fail to discharge when used. One death has been reported due to this recall. If anyone has purchased a fire extinguisher lately, please follow the link to check if it's affected by this recall. If you’re unsure, send us a message through Facebook and we can assist you.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kidde Fire Safety are reminding consumers about an ongoing fire extinguisher recall from 2017.

Check your equipment and help spread the word!

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

Being the 4th of July is right around the corner, we hope everyone is mindful of outdoor BBQ and frying safety. We hope ...
07/02/2019

Being the 4th of July is right around the corner, we hope everyone is mindful of outdoor BBQ and frying safety. We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July week.

It's a new month which means a new fire safety message from the State Fire Marshal's Office!

Summertime tends to be outdoor cooking time, so this month's tips center on conducting your grilling and frying safely.

But we've also added in general cooking safety tips as our deputies have come across a number of cooking-related fires recently that the SFM believes are preventable!

We are sometimes asked by the public why we open and flush fire hydrants all the time. Many people are unaware of the re...
06/21/2019

We are sometimes asked by the public why we open and flush fire hydrants all the time. Many people are unaware of the reasons why and the benefits to not only themselves but firefighters as well.

Once per year, firefighters with the Marksville Fire Department inspect, flush, and take pressure readings off each of the City of Marksville’s fire hydrants. Flushing of hydrants ensures that sediment, rust, and other debris are removed from the water distribution system. This improves water taste, smell, and quality in general.

Inspection also ensures that fire hydrants are free from debris such as rocks or trash that may be intentionally placed inside the barrel of the hydrant to hinder the fire department’s ability to fight fire. Pressure testing of hydrants allows firefighters to know if the hydrant is flowing an adequate amount of water to extinguishing a building fire in the area.

This process actually helps to lower insurance rates of homes and businesses serviced by the Marksville Fire Department. Every five years, fire departments in Louisiana are rated by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) and receives a rating between 1 and 10 with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst. The Marksville Fire Department maintains the rating of 3 inside the city limits of Marksville.

We had the pleasure of speaking with students from the Tunica-Biloxi Education Program today about fire safety and firef...
06/18/2019

We had the pleasure of speaking with students from the Tunica-Biloxi Education Program today about fire safety and firefighting. Marksville Fire Department was invited to speak to students as part of their youth Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class which teaches basic first aid and life safety. Students were able to watch a demonstration of firefighters performing extrication on a vehicle and were able to get hands-on training using fire extinguishers.

06/15/2019

***UPDATE*** North Main Street is back open.

***UPDATE*** North Main Street is currently blocked from Spring Bayou Road to Andrus Street. This includes traffic coming off of Tarleton Street. Traffic is urged to detour onto Preston Street at this time.

A section of North Main Street near the intersection of Spring Bayou Road is closed until further notice due to a downed electrical line. Traffic should detour down Preston Street to Spring Bayou Road.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
06/01/2019
Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

ICYMI... there are TWO recalls in this posting!!

RECALL ALERTS from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

(1) Target Recalls USB Charging Cables Due to Shock and Fire Hazards: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Target-Recalls-USB-Charging-Cables-Due-to-Shock-and-Fire-Hazards

(2) Aegean Apparel Recalls Children’s Sleepwear Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Aegean-Apparel-Recalls-Childrens-Sleepwear-Due-to-Violation-of-Federal-Flammability-Standard

Today MFD had the pleasure of speaking with Avoyelles Parish high school students participating in the Central Louisiana...
05/28/2019

Today MFD had the pleasure of speaking with Avoyelles Parish high school students participating in the Central Louisiana A-HEC of a Summer program. These are students who all wish to work in the medical field in some form, whether it’s as a doctor, nurse, tech, or therapist. Firefighters talked about possible career opportunities in the Fire and EMS fields. Students also got a taste of what firefighters do and the types of emergencies they respond to.

Tonight the Marksville Fire Department hosted a parish-wide training class on CAFS (compressed air foam systems). CAFS i...
05/22/2019

Tonight the Marksville Fire Department hosted a parish-wide training class on CAFS (compressed air foam systems). CAFS is one of many tools in a firefighter’s arsenal to effectively fight fires and save life and property.

Courses like this one are offered through LSU FETI (Fire & Emergency Training Institute) and are held throughout the parish multiple times per month. Firefighters, both paid and volunteer, are always training for issues they might encounter during an emergency in the field.

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