FAQ's

Where is the Lincoln Parish Fire District #1 located?
How does someone contact the fire district?
How does someone become a volunteer with the fire district?
What requirements must be met in order to become a volunteer?
Does it cost anything to become a volunteer?
I would like to help, but I really don't want to fight fire. Is there some other job or task that I could do that would be of assistance?
Will the Fire District bring a truck and visit my school or civic group and discuss fire safety?
How do I get a copy of a fire report?
Will the Lincoln Parish Fire District come remove my cat from a tree or from the roof of my house?
Do I need a permit to burn trash on my property?
What is a burn ban?
What kind of fire extinguisher should I get for my home?
Will the Lincoln Parish Fire District service my fire extinguisher?
Does the Lincoln Parish Fire District provide and install smoke detectors?
Why do so many fire trucks respond to a simple incident?
How come I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at an intersection and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
What do I do if I'm driving down the road and an emergency vehicle approaches using lights and siren?
Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?
Why does the Fire Department tear open walls, when it seems there is no fire in the room?
If there is a fire at my home or on my property, will I be charged a fee by the fire department if they respond?

 

Where is the Lincoln Parish Fire District #1 located?

The administrative offices of the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 are located in LPFD's Central Station, 4786 U. S. Hwy. 167 in Vienna. The Fire District itself encompasses all unincorporated areas of Lincoln Parish, as well as the towns of Dubach, Vienna and Simsboro.

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How does someone contact the fire district?

If there is a fire or emergency, dial 9-1-1 anytime. For all other business, you can call the Fire District at 255-1055 during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

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How does someone become a volunteer with the fire district?

You can pick up an application at the LPFD Central Station in Vienna.

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What requirements must be met in order to become a volunteer?

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Applicants must own or have access to a vehicle.

  • Applicants must reside within five (5) miles of a LPFD fire station.

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition.

  • Applicants must successfully complete the basic fire training class.

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Does it cost anything to become a volunteer?

It only costs you a little of your time. All necessary equipment is provided by the fire district to its volunteers.

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I would like to help, but I really don't want to fight fire. Is there some other job or task that I could do that would be of assistance?

There's a place for everyone in the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1, even those who have no desire to fight fire. There are plenty of jobs to be done by support personnel on a fire scene or around the stations that are just as important as actually fighting the fire.

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Will the Fire District bring a truck and visit my school or civic group and discuss fire safety?

Yes, but a little advance notice would be appreciated. Contact the Fire District office to make the arrangements.

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How do I get a copy of a fire report?

Call or come by the Fire District office in Vienna. There is no fee for a copy of a fire report.

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Will the Lincoln Parish Fire District come remove my cat from a tree or from the roof of my house?

No. Contrary to anything previously seen on TV, the Fire Department does not remove cats or animals from trees or housetops under normal circumstances. They will come down by themselves.

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Do I need a permit to burn trash on my property?

No permit is needed for burning trash, weeds or vegetation on your property as long as you live outside the City Limits of Ruston and Dubach. However, if the fire is going to be very large, we encourage you to call the fire district and let us know what you are doing. This may prevent an emergency response to your property if someone calls in to report your fire.

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What is a burn ban?

Occasionally, during extremely dry weather, the Police Jury and/or the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 may issue a temporary burn ban to prohibit any open burning in the parish. This is usually done when conditions are optimal for grass or woods fires that can pose increased hazards for people and property. During a burn ban period, all open burning is illegal.

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What kind of fire extinguisher should I get for my home?

A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A:10B:C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. It will often be labeled A-B-C.

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Will the Lincoln Parish Fire District service my fire extinguisher?

No, but we can help you find a place to have it serviced. You might first try looking in your telephone book yellow pages under "Fire Extinguishers".

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Does the Lincoln Parish Fire District provide and install smoke detectors?

Smoke detectors are provided on a limited basis as they are available. Contact the Fire District office at 255-1055 to check on availability and make your request.

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Why do so many fire trucks respond to a simple incident?

Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 operator. The Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 thinks pessimistically when they respond to citizens in need of help. In other words, the firefighters prepare to deal with the worst that could happen. They are fast, well-trained and pleasant in their response.

 

The fire department's philosophy is to get our firefighters and equipment there as soon as possible. An ambulance may be dispatched as well in preparation for a worst case scenario. Once the first units are on the scene and have sized up the situation, additional responding firefighters and fire trucks may be turned around if they are not needed. We would always rather have too much equipment and manpower than not enough.

 

There may be three or more fire department vehicles on the scene for what appears to be a "simple" incident. However, in emergency services we have learned that if we assume something is "simple," we can be horribly mistaken. Plus, we respond as fast as we can and are prepared to encounter the worst. The winner in these situations will always be the citizen who needs help

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How come I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at an intersection and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?

As explained in the previous answer, several units are dispatched to the same incident. The first unit may have arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation and informed the other responding units that the situation was under control. All other responding units are cancelled and put back into service, ready to take another call.

 

Most likely, when you see an emergency vehicle run lights and siren through an intersection and then slow down and turn the emergency lights off, they have been cancelled from the call they were responding to.

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What do I do if I'm driving down the road and an emergency vehicle approaches using lights and siren?

Louisiana Law, RS 32:125. Procedure on approach of an authorized emergency vehicle:

 

Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible or visual signals, or of a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible signal only, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.

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Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?

This is called "venting the roof." There are two basic reasons for this practice. Dangerous gases and dark smoke accumulate in a burning building. Unlike the movie version of fires, it is impossible for firefighters to see in such an environment. When a hole is made in the roof, the smoke and gases escape through that hole because heat and smoke rise. This makes it much easier for the firefighters in the building to see. This also reduces the possibility of backdraft and/or flashover making it safer for the firefighters. Another reason for venting the roof is to see how far the fire has progressed. One of the fastest avenues through which fires spread is the attic. Heat and smoke rise into the attic where the fire can move quickly. Firefighters may go ahead of the fire on a roof, cut holes to access the attic, and stop the fire from spreading further through the attic.

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Why does the Fire Department tear open walls, when it seems there is no fire in the room?

Fire can travel up, inside walls undetected for quite a long time. Firefighters tear open walls that may possibly contain hidden fires. A fire that is left undetected inside a wall can re-ignite several hours later and cause extensive damage.

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If there is a fire at my home or on my property, will I be charged a fee by the fire department if they respond?

No. The Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District #1 receives revenue in two ways; a one quarter cent sales tax on goods and services purchased in the protected areas of Lincoln Parish and an annual $72.00 fee assessed on all qualifying structures located in the area covered by the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District #1.

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