On March 8, 2001, the Citizens of Gonzales overwhelmingly approved a 1/2 Sales Tax to improve Fire, Police and Sanitation Services. The Mayor and City Council immediately employed a full-time Fire Chief to begin the vision for the development of a professional fire and rescue department. The Citizens were promised a better fire insurance rating with professional and highly skilled services. Today just nine years later the promise was delivered and the following successes exist:
The Department has improved to a "Class 2" Fire Insurance Rating up from the "Class 4." This provides for significant savings to residential and business owners.
Several pieces of apparatus been purchased, providing for the requirements set forth by the Insurance Services Office.
Construction on the New Fire Station in 2002 provides for better response time to the Southside of the City. Initial apparatus can now respond in 3-5 minutes thus savings more lives.
Construction of the Firefighter Training Center in 2004 provides the highest level of expert education and safety to our dedicated personnel. In addition, it will be a premier facility for our area in preparing fire and rescue responders.
Complete replacement of outdated and unsafe personal protective equipment and fire fighting tools and appliances
We now employ approximately 30 individuals who are committed to making Gonzales a safe place to live and raise a family.
The Downtown Fire Station (Caldwell St.) has been completely remodeled and is also staffed 24 hours a day.
We have a certified technical rescue team that is capable of rescuing persons from up high or down below.
The Department is completely computerized and automated with technology to manage the daily activities and required reporting.
We have built relationships in the community through providing fire safety education and participating in events that make our City better and improve its quality of life.
We have built an EMS response system capable of treating and transporting patients inside the city limits, offering to its citizens a service that is unmatched in surrounding areas.
We have created a department that attracts the best talent in the state due to competitive salaries and first class equipment.
We have done all this with only one thing in mind; the quality of life for the citizens of Gonzales, Louisiana.
We extend thanks to our past and present city officials, including our Mayor, Barney Arceneaux and City Council. Without their continued support and shared vision, our department could not possibly be as successful as it is.