Ville Platte Fire Department

Ville Platte Fire Department Ville Platte Fire Department, a PIAL/ISO Class 2 fire department.. Our goal is to save lives and property through community risk management, fire prevention education, and fire suppression!
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The Ville Platte Fire Department of today was founded by Phillip Milton Reed in 1920. That founding year was significant as it was only months after the tragic Dance Hall Fire of November 22, 1919. It is believed that before the Dance Hall Tragedy, Ville Platte's Fire Department consisted merely of a loosely-organized bucket-brigade of volunteers with little or no training in fire suppression knowledge of that time. As the organization grew and improved over the next several years, the town of Ville Platte purchased its first "new" and modern fire engine in 1927. Today's VPFD is composed of a few integral parts, each one highly dependent on the others, to accomplish our common goal of "Saving Life & Property" through Planning, Prevention, & Suppression/Rescue.

Mission: "Saving Life & Property" through Planning, Prevention, & Suppression/Rescue.

Operating as usual

Fire Prevention Week 2020 starts October 4th!!
09/15/2020

Fire Prevention Week 2020 starts October 4th!!

Hey educators! #FirePreventionWeek is just around the corner and Sparky has done the planning for you. You'll find a week worth of fun grade-level-aligned, standards-based activities that you can do to help students and their families stay safe in case of a fire. Download here: https://bit.ly/3knWhKl

343. NEVER FORGET.
09/11/2020

343. NEVER FORGET.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
09/11/2020

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

“After finishing a long day of assessments in the heat, our teams decided the 9/11 memorial in Lake Charles needed to be cleaned up of storm debris before the anniversary.”

#neverforget

Lake Charles Fire Department
Louisiana Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 9
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St. John Parish Fire Department
Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department
Independence Fire Department
Jefferson Parish 3rd District Fire Department
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Hammond Rural Fire Department

09/09/2020

Our department wants to thank Jennie Pitre and Randy & Theresa Lafleur for the generous donation towards the Lake Charles Fund!!

Please recognize and remember those who serve our communities selflessly, 24/7...Well put Scott (La) Fire Chief, Chad So...
09/06/2020

Please recognize and remember those who serve our communities selflessly, 24/7...
Well put Scott (La) Fire Chief, Chad Sonnier...

Sunday message, from Chief Chad P Sonnier.

Labor Day is a holiday which is celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the everyday workers who contribute so much to the well-being of our great country. For most, Labor Day is the end of summer “long weekend” which people spend engaging in their favorite leisure activities.

In 1773, Benjamin Franklin wrote about the dangers of fire and the need for organized fire protection in The Pennsylvania Gazette. After a large and damaging fire in 1736 in Philadelphia, Franklin developed America’s first volunteer fire department. Since 1736, firefighters are not able to take a break for this or any other holiday. They work 24/7 keeping total strangers safe during times of crisis.

As chief of the Scott Fire Department, I ask you to take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our members and the great job that they do – not just on Labor Day but every day. They answer our calls for service and ensure that we receive the best care possible on what is often the worst day of our lives.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and extend a thank you to all of the essential workers who will be at work on this holiday, giving yet one more day to making sure public services continue and ensuring that we are all safe.

Chad P Sonnier
Fire Chief

09/05/2020

Our department would love to thank the employees of Champagnes for donating 30 cases of water to the Lake Charles Fund

Our department would love to thank Fellowship of Christian Students and Ville Platte High School FFA for  donating clean...
09/04/2020

Our department would love to thank Fellowship of Christian Students and Ville Platte High School FFA for donating cleaning supplies, water, and snacks to the Lake Charles Fund

09/03/2020

Our department would also like to thank Mr & Mrs Bo Beauregard and The owners of Jack Miller BBQ sauce for their generous donations to the Lake Charles Fund!! 

09/03/2020

Hello everyone... Our department would love to thank Richard Futch, Jacki Wyble, Don Lafleur n Roderick Guillory and F Phillips General Contractors for the monetary donations towards our Hurricane Relief Project.

09/02/2020

For those you who want to join us-This Saturday 9/5, Ville Platte Volunteer Fire Dept, will be at Huber Park Community Center, 2124 14th St., Lake Charles, La. We will be cooking for the community, giving out water, ice, and other supplies - while they last. If you would like to donate, you can drop it off at the fire station on Lincoln Rd. We plan to leave Ville Platte around 5am

Thanks, Fire Chief Fabian Poullard

Attention everyone, on Monday September 7, 2020 at 6pm, the Faubourg Volunteer Fire Dept will be having a training at th...
09/02/2020

Attention everyone, on Monday September 7, 2020 at 6pm, the Faubourg Volunteer Fire Dept will be having a training at the station on the newly purchased tanker for those of you that would like to attend.

08/25/2020
Ville Platte Police Department

Ville Platte Police Department

Chief Neal Lartigue issues curfew information.

Due to the severe weather expected from Hurricane Laura, The city of Ville Platte has put a curfew in effect beginning August 26, 2020 (Wednesday). The curfew times are 8:00 pm until 5:00 am. This curfew applies to vehicles on the roadway and foot traffic.

Exceptions are: reporting to work or a medical emergency.

This curfew will remain in effect and enforced until further notice.

St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1
08/25/2020

St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1

If you lose power and plan on using a portable generator, please do so safely to avoid injury or fire. Here are some basic generator safety tips. #SlidellFire

08/25/2020
Ville Platte Police Department

Ville Platte Police Department

Chief Lartigue shares a few tips.
As we prepare for hurricane Laura, the time for preparation is now.
You should be prepared for seven days at the minimum.

If you haven't done so:

Gas up your vehicles.
Check flashlights /get batteries
Fill any medications you may need
if you have a generator, check that it is operational and you have what is needed to run it.
Non perishable food
bottles and/or gallons of water
pet food for all pets
cash in case of power loss (debit cards will not work)

Also, secure and/or anchor any items in your yard that you can.

We encourage everyone to stay off of the roadways as much as possible once the weather starts to get bad.

If roadways are flooded we will block them off as best we can with police flagging tape. This is for YOUR protection. Disregarding blocked roadways can cause flooding damage to your vehicle or push water into someone's home. A blocked road is blocked for a reason!

If you find yourself in a harmful situation or in need of help, call 911 for immediate assistance. To report non emergency issues please call 363-1313.

Our department is on standby and ready to keep our citizens safe. We have activated our emergency response plan of action.

Do your part and stay off of the roadways.

08/24/2020
Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

With just hours from Louisiana beginning to feel the effects of Marco, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning has these tips about generator safety in the event power goes out for an extended period of time. #Marco #Laura

With just hours from Louisiana beginning to feel the effects of Marco, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning has these tips about generator safety in the event power goes out for an extended period of time. #Marco #Laura

Governor John Bel Edwards Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness American Red Cross of Louisiana

08/23/2020

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine has announced free sandbags for Ville Platte residents.

Today (Sunday) from now until 6pm and tomorrow (Monday) from 8am-6pm-CITY RESIDENTS may pick up sandbags at the following locations:

For able-bodied citizens, bring your own shovels to the GIRLS-BOYS PLACE, 220 S. Thompson. Bags will be provided for you to bag your own sandbags

For citizen who need assistance, go to the City Barn at 810 West Hickory St. and assistance will be provided.

For PARISH RESIDENTS, please contact the Police Jury at 363-5651.
PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASKS

EP Fire Dist 2 personnel from Faubourg & Belaire Cove along with Ville Platte trained on rural firefighting water supply...
08/22/2020

EP Fire Dist 2 personnel from Faubourg & Belaire Cove along with Ville Platte trained on rural firefighting water supply operations Thursday. Rural water hauling is an essential requirement in areas without adequate fire-flow (500 gpm min.) from fire hydrants. We depend highly on these skills for property protection. As always, our crews of volunteer and career personnel were outstanding. A special “thank you” to the Evangeline Bank & Trust Co for providing and sharing a meal with us afterwards.

Great job guys.. we love seeing these positive posts!! Thanks to those that posted these awesome shoutouts 💪🔥🔥💪
08/17/2020

Great job guys.. we love seeing these positive posts!! Thanks to those that posted these awesome shoutouts 💪🔥🔥💪

08/13/2020
Vision 20/20

Vision 20/20

Families are spending more time at home more than ever. Are your smoke alarms working?
#V2020CRR

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
08/06/2020

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

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

This is the month thousands of school children are usually filling up the halls of campuses across Louisiana. This year, we know things are a little different. Some schools are entirely virtual while others have a staggered attendance program and others are planning full attendance with a virtual option.

Either way, fire drills are still important to continue, both at school and at home.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has developed fire drill protocols taking COVID restrictions into consideration and have shared those with various districts, agencies and first responders. We've got those guidelines for you here (http://lasfm.org/doc/interpmemos/im_2020-01.pdf)and some recommendations for developing a home fire escape plan for those of you involved in virtual learning.

#FireIsEveryonesFight

Though tropical rains are in the forecast, Evangeline Parish is currently under a MODERATE fire danger warning. Use caut...
07/23/2020

Though tropical rains are in the forecast, Evangeline Parish is currently under a MODERATE fire danger warning. Use caution with winds and dry conditions if you must burn. As always, opening burning within the Ville Platte city limits is prohibited, per city ordinance.

1960 ~ G. H. Vidrine’s abstract and insurance office at 413 West Magnolia.Fire thought to be caused by burglars destroye...
07/20/2020

1960 ~ G. H. Vidrine’s abstract and insurance office at 413 West Magnolia.
Fire thought to be caused by burglars destroyed valuable maps and old abstracts.

In the early morning hours of December 30, 1952, a fire leaped through the Pig Stand and the damage can be seen in the p...
07/20/2020

In the early morning hours of December 30, 1952, a fire leaped through the Pig Stand and the damage can be seen in the photo.

1953 - Members of the Ville Platte Fire Department are seen here with the control panel of the new blast alarm system. I...
07/20/2020

1953 - Members of the Ville Platte Fire Department are seen here with the control panel of the new blast alarm system. In photo, standing Chief G.A. Reed and Asst Chief George McDaniel. Others, l-r:
J. Leroy Soileau, ex-captain, Otis Fontenot, full-time member, and Adam Miller, captain. Front and center is “Lady” a Dalmatian puppy given by the Crowley Fire Department.

Our department would like to thank the owners of Tasty Cream Donuts for the sweet treats this morning!! 🔥🔥
07/20/2020

Our department would like to thank the owners of Tasty Cream Donuts for the sweet treats this morning!! 🔥🔥

History & Early Photos. A collection of our history, historical moments, apparatus, and past firefighters.
07/13/2020

History & Early Photos. A collection of our history, historical moments, apparatus, and past firefighters.

History & Early Photos. A collection of our history, historical moments, apparatus, and past firefighters.

Restoration of our 1927 Engine #1 continues... THANK YOU John Deville of John’s Auto Repair (Ville Platte) for generousl...
07/09/2020

Restoration of our 1927 Engine #1 continues... THANK YOU John Deville of John’s Auto Repair (Ville Platte) for generously donating your time and expertise and making her motor purr. Pictured here (on right) is John Deville along with Fire Captain/Operator/Emergency Vehicle Technician(dedicated man of many hats) Hunter Soileau. Thanks again John!!

07/07/2020

Our department is still accepting donations towards the Antique Truck Fund.. Those of you that may want to donate you can drop off or mail in.. Address is 309 E Lincoln Rd Ville Platte La 70586..
All those that have made donations we want to Thank you again, we appreciate the continuous support!!

07/07/2020

Our department would love to thank Farm Bureau for the generous donation to the Antique Truck Fund.. 🔥🔥

*1952*  ~  One year anniversary that the Ville Platte Fire Department moved into these quarters.Pictured L to R: Engine ...
07/04/2020

*1952* ~ One year anniversary that the Ville Platte Fire Department moved into these quarters.

Pictured L to R: Engine 3-1950 Mack L85 750gpm pump; Engine 2-1939 Pirsch Model 15, 750gpm pump; Engine 1-1927 American LaFrance/Brockway Type 63, 400gpm pump.

NFPA Offers 5 Key Tips for Safely Enjoying Outdoor Activities this Summer
07/02/2020

NFPA Offers 5 Key Tips for Safely Enjoying Outdoor Activities this Summer

With COVID-19 limiting social interactions and engagements, people may increasingly turn to grilling, fire pits, and other at-home outdoor entertainment this summer. Follow these 5 key fire safety tips for enjoying these activities safely: https://bit.ly/2CAdLCs

07/01/2020

Our department would love to thank Mrs Jake Ardoin for the very generous donation to our Antique Truck fund in memory of her late husband.. ❤️🔥

Our department would love to Thank our local Walmart Store #312 for the very generous donation toward our Antique Truck ...
06/26/2020

Our department would love to Thank our local Walmart Store #312 for the very generous donation toward our Antique Truck Fund!!!

Our department would like to thank Retired Firefighter John W Johnson and his wife Janice for the generous donation to o...
06/19/2020

Our department would like to thank Retired Firefighter John W Johnson and his wife Janice for the generous donation to our Antique Truck Fund!!

Address

309 E Lincoln Rd
Ville Platte, LA
70586

General information

The Ville Platte Fire Department, lead by Chief Chris Harrison, is composed of a few integral parts. Each part is highly dependent on the others, to accomplish our common goal of "Saving Life & Property" through Planning, Prevention, & Suppression/Rescue. The core of our department is a municipal fire protection department of the City of Ville Platte composed of an administration and suppression combined staff of 14 full-time personnel. Career personnel work 24-hour shifts of 1 day on, 2 days off with a regular four-person duty staff plus a Chief Officer and secretary. Additionally, part-time firefighter/operators help to fill the 24-hour staffing requirements and special projects. An integral part to the success and basic functions of the VPFD are the thousands of man-hours provided by dozens of VOLUNTEER FIrefighting, Leadership, and Support Staff members of the VIlle Platte Volunteer FIre Dept Inc. (a non-profit 501c3 corp.) The VPFD's normal structural emergency response compliment consists of 2 Fire Engines, a Ladder/Service Truck, & a Command (Chief's) Vehicle out of 2 city fire stations. The department also maintains a reserve Fire Engine and a Fire Training Center at its Lincoln Road Fire Station. The training facility serves as the designated fire training center for the VPFD and surrounding Evangeline Parish Fire Protection District 2 personnel. The VPFD and surrounding Evangeline Parish Fire Dist.#2 serve approximately 1/4 of the area of the parish and nearly half of its residents (2010 census). The combined efforts of the VPFD and EPFD#2 have provided professional fire prevention, suppression, & rescue services to its citizens since the mid-1990s. Parish residents benefit in the service of these departments in obvious ways in emergencies but also in less recognized benefits such as lowered property insurance rates.

Telephone

(337) 363-7478

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The Ville Platte Fire Department of today was founded by Phillip Milton Reed in 1920. That founding year was significant as it was only months after the tragic Dance Hall Fire of November 22, 1919. It is believed that before the Dance Hall Tragedy, Ville Platte's Fire Department consisted merely of a loosely-organized bucket-brigade of volunteers with little or no training in fire suppression knowledge of that time. As the organization grew and improved over the next several years, the town of Ville Platte purchased its first "new" and modern fire engine in 1927. (History continues below...) Today's VPFD is composed of a few integral parts, each one highly dependent on the others, to accomplish our common goal of "Saving Life & Property" through Planning, Prevention, & Suppression/Rescue.

The Ville Platte Fire Department is a municipal public safety agency staffed by 14 full-time employees manning its 2 firehouses 24/7 with 2 engine companies and 1 service truck. The Ville Platte Volunteer Fire Dept (Inc.) works in conjunction with the VPFD to provide additional manpower and resources as required.

Staff positions include: Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Training & Safety Officer, Fire Captains, Firefighter/Operators, & Secretary to the Fire Chief.

In the early 1920s, firefighting equipment consisted of horse-drawn wagons with ladders and buckets or a water tank, a couple of hand-pulled pressure extinguishers, and a hand-pulled pump. The system used to alert firefighters was a large bell (which was last located in front of Ville Platte High School). In early April of 1927, the town of Ville Platte ordered (sales order#25169) its first motorized fire engine from the American LaFrance Fire Apparatus Company of Elmira, NY. It was a 1927 B-516 Type 63 Fire Engine (No.1) built on a Brockway chassis (SN: B516E19893). The truck model was known as the “Cosmopolitan” model, built on a 1926 chassis and featured a Continental flat-head 6-cylinder and a 400 gpm rotary fire water pump and 500 gallon tank. It shipped out to Ville Platte, La via train on July 27, 1927 and was housed in a stall in the back of the town hall building, where the fire chief had an office. In 1928 a large siren was installed and used to summon firefighters to the station from a greater distance.

By 1935, there were 21 volunteer firefighters. In 1939, the town purchased their second fire engine, a 1939 Pirsch 15 -1056 (No.2), equipped with a 750 g.p.m. fire pump which was one of only 3 such equipped apparatus in Louisiana at that time. The pump certification test had fire chiefs and officials from many of Louisiana’s large cities in attendance of the show on the Nezpique canal bridge in Vidrine on April 12th, 1939. Between 1937-39, the National Youth Administration’s young apprentice carpenters built an addition to the town hall to house the second fire engine and also a steeple to install the siren on the roof.

In 1950 the Central Fire Station was constructed (completed in ‘51) to house the 1939 Pirsch and the newly-acquired 1950 Mack L85 fire engine (No.3) with a 750 g.p.m. pump and 500 gallon tank which replaced our original 1927 American LaFrance fire engine. In 1953, an addition was made to the fire station in order to house more equipment and trucks. In 1956, the Volunteer Department purchased a Ford pickup truck used to carry a portable pump and 1000 feet of fire hose. It was also used to check fire boxes, hydrants, and extinguishers. In 1957, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury purchased a new fire engine (No.4) for use in Ward One, Fire District 2 which consisted of the area outside of the town limits of Ville Platte in the eastern side of Evangeline Parish. This fire protection area consisted of the areas surrounding Ville Platte, east of Mamou’s fire district and included Faubourg, Tate Cove, Belaire Cove, Point Blue, Te-Mamou, and Chataignier.

In 1968, engine No.2 (the ‘39 Pirsch) was replaced by a Mack R-Model fire engine (No.5) with a 1,250 g.p.m. pump and 500 gallon tank, a portable generator, lights, and self-contained breathing apparatuses. About that same time, a mini-pumper (No.6) was purchased by the police jury for fire district #2 use on brush, grass, trash, and vehicle fires. In 1969, the Police Jury purchased a practical twin fire engine of Ville Platte’s 1968 Mack R-Model (No.7).

By 1974, the department had 6 “career” firefighters working three 24-hr shifts, 2 men per shift and it’s first career Fire Chief, Reinel Smith. In 1980, a second fire station was built on the north side of town on Lincoln Rd. and 3 more firefighters were hired. The police jury purchased another mini-pumper for the fire district, a 1980 Pierce/GMC 1-ton 4x4 with a 400 g.p.m. pto pump, 250 gallon tank, and storage compartments for S.C.B.A.s, Hurst hydraulic Jaws-Of-Life spreader and cutting tools and pump for extrication rescues, and portable generator.

In 1982, the city purchased its first fire apparatus equipped with a hydraulic telescoping ladder and elevated master stream nozzle. It was a Pierce/Mack 1250 g.p.m. pump telesquirt with a 50’ ladder and a 500 gallon tank (No.10). The same year, the original 1968 mini-pumper was placed in Chataignier (No.9) and a new Pierce/Chevrolet 1-ton 4x4 mini-pumper was placed in service in Ville Platte to replace it.

(to be continued...)


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