Local Emergency Responders speak to Ascension Community Advisory Panel

On Tuesday Fire Chief James E. LeBlanc, who chairs Ascension Fire Dist. #1 and the Chemical Association (CAER Group) Community Awareness Emergency Response, teamed up with Chief Deputy Bobby Webre and Major Cody Melancon (head of APSO’s Haz-Mat Team) of Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Chris Browning (heads of the Industrial Mutual Aid Group), and Dustin Montelius (Operations Section Chief of the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security) to offer a presentation on Community Emergency Response & Mutual Aid to the Ascension Parish Community Advisory Panel in Gonzales.

Local Ascension Parish Chemical companies want to do for Ascension Parish Residents what Ascension Parish residents do for local Ascension Parish industry – be good neighbors. Ascension CAER companies take their cue about being good neighbors from local residents. Community involvement means more than giving time and money to local community and charitable projects, stated Chief LeBlanc. CAER Industrial Companies want to continue to be involved in this community, hire local residents whenever possible, and listen to what residents think would make their communities even better, stated LeBlanc.

Chief James LeBlanc addressing CAP

The Ascension Community Advisory Panel is a very important opportunity for local Industry to continue to share information with neighbors and the community. These community groups discuss topics regarding process safety, environmental issues, site and community activities. Local Industrial Site Leaders from the 33 Chemical Facilities in Ascension and other members of the community attend these meetings, stated LeBlanc.

The purpose of the Ascension Parish Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is to improve and promote communication between schools, churches, local residents, and public agencies to increase community awareness in Emergency Response with our Industrial Facilities.

Our Local Industrial Facilities are aware of the particular responsibility they have towards our local communities. This Community Advisory Panel helps the Industrial Facilities to engage openly with our neighbors in various forms of neighborhood dialogs, stated LeBlanc