Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Dec. 31, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by James E. LeBlanc -- Gathered to celebrate a $20,000 donation from PCS Nitrogen to the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department on Dec. 21, from left, are PotashCorp safety specialist Chase Stogner, firefighter Jack Belleu, PotashCorp HSE Manager Gary Devall, Lt. Gary Germany, Sgt. Greg Swanson, Fire Chief James E. LeBlanc, Assistant Fire Chief Josh Wingerter, firefighter ’Mytrail Whitehead, Assistant Fire Chief Shane Stunts and Safety Officer Mike Breaux.

The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department received a $20,000 donation from PCS Nitrogen on Dec. 21 to assist in funding for emergency response training props for volunteer firefighters.

Fire Chief James E. LeBlanc said the money will go toward training props for confined space rescue, high angle rope rescue, search and rescue techniques and some live firefighting.

Several years ago, PCS Nitrogen gave a donation to the Fire Department to purchase a fire boat that has been used to respond to five working structure fires along the Diversion Canal, LeBlanc said.

“As a family of volunteers committed to serving others, we will always provide for the welfare of our personnel through a healthy and rewarding training environment. We are dedicated to respect, integrity, compassion and leadership amongst ourselves so that we may proudly serve others,” LeBlanc said.

PCS Nitrogen is a subsidiary of the Geismar-area PotashCorp, which produces crop nutrients such as potash, phosphates and nitrogen.