The Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 is excited to announce the news about its new Residential Volunteer Firefighter Program. On Friday April 16 Garrett McCart signed a lease agreement as the very first resident Volunteer Firefighter.
A vision now for over 2 years this program has now become a reality for Fire District 6. The District constructed a residence at 158 Laird Fletcher Rd next door to the Fire Station. The residence, just over 1600 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, was constructed by Rhodes Properties and is designed to house four individuals who will have a private room and bathroom yet share the common areas. The design was inspired by both The University Columns, and The Quad Apartments which both are of similar design.
The Residence is a cost-effective solution to increase district coverage and provide additional credit in future PIAL Ratings, which directly affects the cost of homeowners insurance. The program commonly referred to as a Live-In Program will allow individuals to reside at the residence in exchange for their service to the Fire District. Individuals will have to become and remain active members of the Fire District and meet all the minimum requirements for certification and training. The Firefighters will respond from the Laird Fletcher station and provide support to On-Duty personnel.
Live-In programs are very common among the Nation’s volunteer fire service. Fire District 6 will pioneer the program as the first for Natchitoches Parish.
The vision for this program began with the late Chief Bryan Wimberly. When Michael Sesvold assumed the role of Fire Chief for the district in the Fall of 2016 he wanted to continue that vision.
“This means a lot to me,” said Sesvold, who started volunteering with the fire department in 2004 when he was a student in the criminal justice program at Northwestern State University.
“Fire District 6 serves the residents primarily in ward 1 who live outside the city limits,” said Sesvold. “We are a Professional Combination Fire Department working hard to serve the citizens of our jurisdiction.”
The new Live-In Program will provide practical response support at a fraction of the cost required to increase the number of full-time firefighters. Anyone interested in serving as a Volunteer or the Live-In Program should contact FD 6’s Recruiting Officer Jon McCart or Fire Chief Michael Sesvold at 318-352-8755.