(PRESS RELEASE) In early 2015, the Scott Fire Department began working in conjunction with the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal to develop a Fire Prevention Bureau in the City of Scott for the purpose of governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion by strictly enforcing Life Safety Code, known as NFPA 101, and the National Fire Prevention Code.
On May 7, 2015, the City of Scott adopted Ordinance 2015-5, amending Chapter 16 of the Scott Municipal Code, which regulated fire protection and established a Fire Prevention Bureau within the Scott Fire Department. Since that time, the department began working toward obtaining the needed personnel certifications to be certified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
On October 31, 2018, the Scott Fire Department obtained full criteria established pursuant to LA R.S. 40:156, thus, certifying the Scott Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau.
Edward Cazares met all training requirements and was thereby certified as a Fire Inspector I for the Scott Fire Prevention Bureau, tasking him to perform life safety code inspections within the City of Scott on behalf of the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal.
During the Scott City Council Meeting Thursday, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning presented Inspector Cazares and the Scott Fire Department with their certifications.
Browning commended the council, Mayor Morrison and Fire Chief Sonnier for their proactive approach in preventing emergencies before they occur.
The Lafayette Fire Department was also a great assistance during the application and training process of the new Scott Fire Department Prevention Bureau. Fire Chief Robert Benoit was in attendance, informing the council and mayor that this is a huge step for the City of Scott and was happy to partner to make it possible.