Firefighters keeping busy this spring

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The St. John Parish firefighters are gearing up for a few events this spring. We are participating in Relay For Life again this year. We had a successful car wash this past weekend raising $780. Thanks go out to all the people who stopped by and gave a donation. Chili’s was nice enough to offer the restaurant for this event.

Relay for life this year is March 31 at the park on U.S. Highway 51.

It starts at noon and ends at midnight. We have a couple of popular events that we coordinate. Our dunking booth is a great success.

We are going to have local politicians and other personalities there for you to take a shot at getting

them wet. We also have the reputation for being unbeatable in the tug-of-war competition. In the past we have won, but I have to say it is getting harder because the other side keeps adding people to try and beat us.

We are participating in the United Way Bridge run that morning as a team. Come out and support us.

The firefighters are putting together a team to go to Lafayette to participate in the Firefighter’s Challenge. We have been training hard so we can represent St. John Parish.

These are just a few things we have going on in the near future. Please come out and support Relay For Life on March 31.

Make sure you replaced the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms last weekend in conjunction with Daylight Saving Time. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.

There has been a recall on some children’s pajamas not meeting federal flammability standards. The pajamas are called “Papa Bear Loungeabouts.” They are being recalled by retailers due to violation of federal flammability standard.


Name of Product: Children’s pajamas and sleepwear

Units: Estimate of 10,000 plus

Importer: Papa Bear Loungeabouts LLC of Los Angeles.

Hazard: The garments fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injury to children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves all styles of pajama sets (tops and bottoms), separate pajama pants

and nightgowns sold in boys and girls sizes 0-6X and 7-14. A garment label with the name “Papa Bear Loungeabouts” and a picture of

a bear is sewn into the center

back neckline on the outside of the garments. A hanging label features the same name and image. The sleepwear is 100 percent cotton poplin or 100 percent cotton flannel, and the different styles come in

a variety of colors and novelty

print designs, including: bling,

cows, Scotty dogs, hotrods, basketball, sports, vintage, rodeo, rock

and roll, ballerinas, popcorn and more.

Sold at: Children’s clothing and specialty retailers nationwide and online from January 2004 to December 2011.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled sleepwear immediately and return the product to the retailer where the product was purchased for a refund, exchange or store credit.


Michael Heath is president of the St. John Professional Firefighters Association.