West Feliciana Fire District 1 personnel honored _lowres

Photo provided by James Wood -- West Felicina Parish Fire Protection District 1's Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, District Chief Bonnie Hines and Fire Chief James Wood, from left, were recognized by the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association May 6 at an awards luncheon in Lake Charles.

West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District 1 Fire Chief James Wood, Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord and District Fire Chief Bonnie Hines were recognized by the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association at an awards luncheon May 6 in Lake Charles.

The ceremony honored fire industry professionals and their commitment, dedication and service to emergency preparedness, a news release said.

Wood, Achord and Hines were given honorary citations that were read aloud before attendees and awarded plaques by LEPA President Dexter Accardo.

Wood’s recognition was for demonstrating leadership and vision while working on community risk-reduction initiatives despite numerous projects and obligations, which included the establishment of a fire prevention inspection program and implementation of an emergency medical responder course at West Feliciana High School.

Achord’s honor was for efforts to improve the fire district’s efficiency and organization and participating in the district’s emergency first responder program at West Feliciana High.

Achord also was recognized for his work with the fire district’s medical director to expand the standard of care from basic life support to advanced life support, putting in long hours to accomplish the tasks over and above his normal duties, his citation stated.

Hines was awarded for her vision and leadership in expanding the role and scope of the fire district’s fire and life safety education programs to include driver safety and drug abuse awareness and creating a mock drunken-driving fatality demonstration for 11th- and 12th-graders in the spring, a program that’s been adopted by WFHS as an annual student event, the release said.

Hines’ recognition included her active participation in the West Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council and for serving as the primary instructor for the fire district’s emergency medical responder program at the high school.