Thursday, June 15, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Natalie Robottom and members of her Administration joined Council Member Lennix Madere, representatives of Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects and Aegis Construction, Inc. to cut the ribbon for the Hemlock Fire Station #51 “E.L. Fagot Memorial Station” in LaPlace. Numerous firefighters and residents were also on hand for the celebration. The American Legion Post 382 presented the colors and raised the flags to begin the ceremony.
“We are grateful to our firefighters for bravely serving our community and helping to protect the lives and property of our residents,” said Parish President Robottom. “This station will enable them to carry out these important duties over a larger area of our Parish and to ensure that all residents enjoy peace of mind due to fast, reliable public safety services.”
The state-of-the-art building is more than 10,000 square feet and includes four apparatus bays, bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, a dayroom, gear storage rooms and an exercise room.
Originally built in 1962, the Hemlock station was the first fire station in St. John Parish equipped with a 2 bay garage, kitchen and meeting hall. The facility was rebuilt in 1966 following its destruction by Hurricane Betsy. It was also damaged during Hurricane Isaac.
The Hemlock Fire Station was designed by Sizeler Thompson Brown and constructed by Aegis Construction. It was constructed at a final project cost of $2.9 million, and did not exceed the amount budgeted for the project.
“This station will help us have quicker response times to all types of emergency calls we normally respond to in addition to housing proper apparatus, providing areas for personnel to train and a safe place to be housed during emergencies,” said Office of Fire Services Chief of Operations Cain Dufrene. “I am extremely proud of this project and could not have done it without the assistance and support of the firefighters and the community.”