Committee raises $50K for Geismar radio tower _lowres

Photo provided by JAMES E. LEBLANC -- Gathering for a recent check presentation, from left, are Ascension Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Weber, 911 board member Preston Landry, Ascension Parish Community Awareness Emergency Response Committee Treasurer Paul Holden, 911 board member Robin Brunkie, Ascension Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Ascension Parish Community Awareness Emergency Response Committee Chairman James E. LeBlanc and 911 board member Chuck Montero.

The Ascension Parish Community Awareness Emergency Response Committee recently donated $50,000 for radio tower upgrades within the Geismar area of Ascension Parish, Chairman James E. LeBlanc said in a news release.

The Community Awareness Emergency Response Committee’s membership, which includes chemical and industrial companies in Ascension Parish, works with parish government and the Sheriff’s Office to define and prepare procedures that would be used during a chemical or industrial emergency, LeBlanc said.

The upgrades are needed on the 911 District Board Geismar Tower Site, LeBlanc said.

“With these upgrades, we will have better radio coverage for local law enforcement, local fire departments and all of the industrial facilities in the Geismar and Ascension area,” LeBlanc said.