Minden Fire Chief gives final report

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Fire Chief Kip Mourad gave his last annual fire report to members of the Minden City Council last week.

Mourad retires February 1 after 50 years in the fire fighting business. His replacement will be recommended by the mayor and chosen by the council. Fire chief is a part-time position. 

According to Mourad’s report, from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2022, there were 272 alarms inside city limits and 71 outside. These include residential and commercial structure fires, grass, trash, vehicles, gas leaks and EMS assistance, among other things.

Total rescue calls were 76 with 37 inside the city and 39 outside. Most often, rescue calls are (but not limited to) motor vehicle accidents with entrapment.

“Fire drills totaled 47,” Mourad said. “That brings total combined runs for the year to 488. If you went through the end of 2022, it’s a lot more than that.”

Minden Fire Department also answered 71 mutual aid alarms to Bossier Parish, Minden Fire District 10,  and fire districts in Dixie Inn, Dubberly, Doyline and Sibley.

“Total firefighter training hours … for full-time firemen is 5,605,” Mourad said. “For volunteer training is 593. Number of fire prevention students (visiting schools and other public and private facilities) is 978, and we put up 29 smoke detectors.”

Minden Fire Department is now made up of 22 members including Mourad. Two paid firefighters – Guy Mandino and Justin Richardson –  moved to volunteer status, leaving 14.

Mourad concluded his report by inviting council members to come by Fire Station No. 1.

“We will tell you everything that goes on and how it works,” Mourad said. “I want to thank y’all and all the councils through the years, and anything I can do to help y’all through the process of hiring a new fire chief, I’ll be available by phone call or email.”

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