Get to Know…DeSoto Fire District #8

Engine 81, a Spartan Custom Cab, in front of the DeSoto Fire District #8 Central Station.

We’re highlighting the amazing departments we insure around the country and all they do for their communities. For our second department story we interviewed DeSoto Fire District #8 in Mansfield, Louisiana!

Your Name & Title: William DeLoach, Chief

Department Name: DeSoto Fire District #8, Mansfield, Louisiana

Department Type: Combination

When was your department founded? DeSoto Fire District #8 was founded in 1987. Prior to becoming a fire protection district, we were an all-volunteer fire department known as Mansfield Volunteers.

What community/communities do you support? We serve the communities of Benson, Carmel, Catuna, Evelyn, Grand Cane, Naborton, Pelican, Rambin, South Mansfield, and Wallace in Desoto Parish.

What kinds of incidents does your department commonly deal with? The incidents we most commonly deal with are first response, EMS, and motor vehicle accidents.

What types of engines do you have? Our main engine, housed at our Central station, is a Spartan Custom Cab.

What fundraisers or other annual events do you host as a department? We participate in various events such as a community food drive on the first Friday of each month, fire prevention programs at our local schools, libraries, and churches, as well as local festivals and parades.

How has Provident been able to support your department and its members? We appreciate the online safety courses that are offered through your FirePlus Academy!

Fire Academy students assist in preparing for fire prevention week activities in our communities.

Fire Academy students assist in preparing for Fire Prevention Week activities in the communities that DeSoto Fire District #8 serves.