Ascension firefighters receive state grant funds _lowres

Photo provided by Jody Picou -- Announcing a recent agreement between Ascension Parish Fire District 1 and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, from left, are State Fire Marshall Butch Browning Jr., State Rep. Johnny Berthelot, Sarah Pinion, District 1 Fire Board Chairman James LeBlanc and Wayne Hill.

Ascension Parish Fire District 1 and the state Fire Marshal’s Office have entered into an agreement to provide grant funds for new fire and emergency equipment for the parish’s volunteer firefighters.

“This equipment will be used to ensure the best safety to our personnel and also maintain our important fire insurance rating,” District 1 Fire Board Chairman James LeBlanc said.

State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning Jr. thanked state Rep. Johnny Berthelot, R-Gonzales, for helping to secure the grant.

The $200,000 grant will be used to help purchase protective clothing and self-contained breathing units for firefighters and vehicle rescue/extraction tools for the 5th Ward, 7th District, Galvez-Lake, Geismar, Sorrento and St. Amant fire stations.