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, the
following successes exist:
has improved to a "Class 2" Fire Insurance Rating up from the
"Class 4." This provides for significant savings to residential and
Department staffs 2 ambulances with Firefighter-Paramedics that respond to
medical and other emergencies inside the city limits of Gonzales. Citizens of the City of Gonzales that use
these services pay nothing out of their own pockets for ambulance
the Orice Roth Rd. Fire Station in 2002 provides for better response time to
the south side of the City. Fire Department personnel can now arrive in 3-5
minutes from dispatch time thus savings more lives.
The Caldwell St.
Fire Station was remodeled in 2001 and is also staffed 24 hours a day.
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.
We now employ 27
full-time individuals who are committed to making Gonzales a safe place to live
and raise a family.
We have a
certified technical rescue team that is capable of rescuing persons from up
high places or below ground level, as well as a water rescue team certified in
both swift water SCUBA diving operations.
employs technology both in the fire apparatus and at the station to manage emergency
responses, daily activities, access to online training resources, and required reporting.
We have built
relationships in the community by providing fire safety education and
participating in events that make our City better and improve its quality of
10. We have created a department that attracts the best
talent in the state due to competitive salaries and first class equipment.
11. We have done all this with only one thing in mind;
the quality of life for the citizens of Gonzales.
We extend thanks to our
past and present city officials, including Mayor Barney Arceneaux and City
Council. Without their continued support
and shared vision, our department could not possibly be as successful.