Tuesday, April 26, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - On Saturday, April 16, members of the St. John Parish Office of Fire Services placed first in the Louisiana State Firemen’s Association 2016 Competitive Drills competition for the third year in a row.
The competition was held in Iberia Parish, with St. John Firefighters defeating four teams to defend their championship title. During the competition, firefighters competed in a variety of obstacle course style activities and timed events that mirror real-life fire ground activities.
Events included properly donning protective gear and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), connecting and deploying a hose line through a high rise building, performing a rescue drag, and performing a SCBA bottle swap. “The competition only gets tougher each year so the guys really have to give it their all,” said Cain Dufrene, Chief of Operations for St. John Fire. “Winning the competition for the third year in a row is a testament of the team’s hard work and dedication and I am very proud.”
Team members include: Cameron Buccola, William Parker, Travis Etie, and Michael Moscona. (see photo)
In addition, Thursday, April 21, team member and Firefighter/Operator Travis Etie was awarded the American Legion 2nd District Firefighter of the Year award. Joined by his family, Fire Chiefs and members of the Fire Department, Etie received the award and plaque during the annual meeting held at the War Veterans Home.
Each year, the local American Legion honors a local firefighter who has exceeded the requirements expected of his or her position and has shown a distinct pattern of community service and professional achievement. Travis will also be honored at the St. John Parish Council Meeting and will move on to compete at the state level. “I want to thank the Lord for the strength and ability to do my job, and also thank my family, Chiefs and brothers,” said Etie. “Firefighting is a team effort and none of this could be accomplished without their support and the Veterans who fought to give us the freedom to serve.”
During the meeting, the Firefighters Union also presented a donation to the American Legion which will allow three Parish children to attend the Boys’ State education retreat in Baton Rouge. “I congratulate the Office of Fire Services for their accomplishments, positivity and once again proving that we are one of the top departments in the state,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.