Since the mid-1950s, groups of men and women have volunteered at fire stations around the parish to respond to fires, accidents, explosions, or a variety of other situations, which might require their expertise. The eleven departments currently have a membership of approximately 200 volunteers. All departments are members of the St. Charles Firemen’s Association. According to an article in the Times Picayune of May 3, 1992, the group was formed to improve communication between the various volunteer departments. A one-eighth cent sales tax provides the revenue needed for operation of their respective departments. In addition to the revenue, the sharing of equipment and manpower enhances the quality of services provided.
Two other elements serve to raise the level of excellence of fire protection and public safety. The parish is implementing major improvements to the waterworks system to increase available water pressure across the parish. Secondly, firefighters go through extensive and continuous training. Several are also registered emergency medical technicians. These volunteers can be credited with helping to reduce insurance costs by improving the fire rating of their districts.
This text is copyright © material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.