If the temperature is any indication, summer is here! As our children are finishing up the school year taking exams and some graduating, your fire department is working hard to better serve you! The men and women of St. Tammany Fire Protection District No.1 are dedicated to improving customer service and emergency response for you. I would like to personally invite you to our next monthly demonstration of the capabilities of your fire department. This event will be at Central Station (322 Bouscaren) starting at 10am Thursday May 28, 2015.
I also want to thank the voters for approving the renewal of our $39.00 parcel fee! This fee was first brought to vote in 2005 to provide a funding source not tied to property tax millage. This current 10 year renewal will allow us to continue to provide the services you demand from your fire department. Unlike property tax millage, the parcel fee is a flat rate paid by all built upon property owners in the district regardless of home value or homestead exemption.
In March St. Tammany Fire Protection District No.1 was conferred as an Internationally Accredited Fire Service Agency. I am so proud of our employees for their hard work and dedication to providing the highest level of service to our community as validated thorough the Accreditation process. The Accreditation process looked at every aspect of our administrative and operational policies, procedures, processes and outputs to validate that our fire department addressed the 253 performance indicators and met or exceeded 82 core competencies. You can be assured that your fire department is prepared to respond in your time of need and that we are committed to doing so with the best interest of our taxpayers in mind. As the Accreditation model is a continuous improvement model, you can expect for your department will continue to seek opportunities for continued improvement in all areas.
In May our department was presented an award by the Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation for being one of the top 70 safest companies out of 16,000 in the state of Louisiana. This is the fourth time our department has earned this award since 2007 and it is a testament to the proactive approach we have taken in providing baseline testing, training and post injury management for our employees. As firefighting is one of the top 10 documented deadliest and most stressful jobs in America, this is quite an accomplishment!
June 1 will mark the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. As we enter hurricane season, please know that St. Tammany Fire Protection District No.1 is prepared to respond to our community’s needs in the event of tropical weather impacting our area this year. Like you we hope and pray that our area is spared again this year, but we are prepared none the less. I encourage you to do the same!
Know that the men and women of St. Tammany Fire Protection District No.1 are ready to serve you, your families and businesses in the Slidell area at a moment’s notice! Our fire department family looks forward to a great summer and hope you and yours have a safe and happy one as well!