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City of Broussard Achieves Improved PIAL Fire Rating

Submitted by the City of Broussard

BROUSSARD, LA (July 9, 2024) – The City of Broussard is pleased to announce the city has improved its Public Fire Protection Classification to Class 2.

“Improving the city’s fire rating is the result of our dedication to investing in enhancing our fire protection and upgrading the city’s water system,” said Broussard Mayor Ray Bourque. “This remarkable accomplishment is a testament to the hard work of the Broussard Fire Department and the Public Works Department. Our team effort reflects the city’s commitment to public safety, quality of life, and economic development.”

The state’s fire protection rating system is conducted by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) and approved by the Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance.

According to PIAL, the new classification may result in decreased fire insurance rates for properties within the city limits of Broussard, except individually rated commercial properties.

“This improved classification reflects our unwavering commitment to enhancing fire safety and protection services,” said Broussard Fire Chief Bryan Champagne. “This is the result of our strategic investments in state-of-the-art equipment, additional staffing, improved response times, and the implementation of best practices in emergency response and fire prevention.”
“When I became Mayor of Broussard, our fire rating was a Class 4. We’ve improved two points in five years. Our team earned this and I’m proud,” said Bourque.

The fire rating system grades all fire districts in Louisiana on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 represents no fire protection. 1 represents the highest level of protection. PIAL ratings are determined by many factors including the number of firefighters and fire trucks, and the availability of water.
“We have performed nearly a dozen water system modernization projects since 2019. The improved fire rating is a significant indicator of our success in building up the city’s water system,” said Broussard Public Works Director Mel Bertrand. “Our water infrastructure is vital in supporting our fire services.”

The city will be releasing details on further upgrades to the water system in the next 30 days.

To hear the presentation by the Broussard Fire Department Deputy Chief Justin Denais at the July 9, 2024, City Council Meeting, visit the City Council’s YouTube video.

Broussard Fire Department Receives PIAL 2 Rating
L-R: BFP Deputy Chiefs Justin Denais and Dennis Mouton, Council Member David Bonin, BFD Fire Chief Bryan Champagne, Council Member Jesse Regan, Mayor Ray Bourque, Public Works Director Mel Bertrand, and City Engineer Walter Comeaux. Photo credit: Larry Cox
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