Ascension fire departments get insurance rebates _lowres

Photo provided by Office of the Parish President -- Gathering recently for a presentation of checks from the state’s fire insurance premium rebate program are, from left, Wanda Martin, president, Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department; Alden Gautreau, president, 7th District Volunteer Fire Department; Jessie Bartley, treasurer, 5th Ward Volunteer Fire Department; Ascension Parish Council Chairman Chris Loar; Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez; James E. LeBlanc, fire chief, St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department/chairman, Fire District #1; Mark Stewart, fire chief, Prairieville Volunteer Fire Department; and Sarah Pinion, secretary, Sorrento Volunteer Fire Department.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez distributed portions of a fire insurance premium rebate totaling $455,369 to Ascension Parish fire departments last week.

The rebate amounts are based on a formula that was established by the state legislature in 1989, Fire District 1 Chairman James LeBlanc said. The annual payments represent money collected from fees assessed on fire insurance premiums. The total amount Ascension Parish received was calculated per capita and category value determined from the total parish population, LeBlanc said.

The rebate money is used annually by the local fire departments to assist with paying monthly fire station expenses, he said.

The Prairieville Volunteer Fire Department received the largest payment of $128,912, followed by Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department that received $64,912.

Other fire departments receiving insurance rebate payments are:

Donaldsonville Fire Department: $25,523

Fire District No. 2: $10,977

Geismar Volunteer Fire Department: $35,397

Gonzales Fire Department: $27,280

Fifth Ward Volunteer Fire Department: $22,880

Gonzales Firefighters Association: $25,080

Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department: $44,430

Sorrento Volunteer Fire Department: $20,814

St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department: $49,159