Getting To Know The Territory

Red River’s new Fire Chief is getting to know his way around the Central Fire Station and the rural stations in the parish.  He also is looking over the structure of the fire department.

John Woodfin was selected this month by the Fire Department Board.  He went to work right away and Woodfin told the Journal it is more initially than the part-time 32 hours he was hired to work. 

“We need to be good stewards of public safety,” is how Woodfin sees the fire department.  He plans to build on the base he found. Woodfin said, “I’m looking at more structure, more training, more taking care of our equipment and fire stations.”

He said it is a big fire district (being parish-wide).  “We have professional firefighters, and they are expected to know the job and how to do it.  I will make sure all have the training they need.”

Woodfin is no stranger to the job.  He has worked as a fire captain in Bossier City.  He also has experience as a paramedic since 1985.  He worked for Red River EMS from 2010 to 2016.  And Woodfin currently works part time with DeSoto EMS.

Woodfin said, “I think the guys will be excited.  I’m coming in and bringing traditions in firefighting and training.  They’ll have the same structure as any fire house in the country.  But it is up to them to make the department what it will become.”

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