ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Who doesn't love a good rebate? The fire departments across Ascension Parish received their portion of the state's Fire Rebate Insurance Fund at the end of June.
The two-percent rebate amounts are an annual payment that comes from fees calculated on fire insurance premiums that is then divided up using a formula set by the state legislature.
The amounts awarded to each parish was calculated per capita and through total parish population as well as by the number of people helped by each station.
"It's an important part of our annual income," said Donaldsonville Fire Chief Chuck Montero. "Since our portion goes into the city's general fund, it helps cover all expenses related to the fire department."
In all, Ascension Parish fire departments received $473,155.10 from the state's Fire Rebate Insurance Fund.
The largest amount went to the Prairieville Volunteer Fire Department with $134,050.35, while the Galvez/Lake Volunteer Fire Department was awarded the second highest amount at $67,473.35.
Other fire departments receiving insurance rebate payments include:
- Fire District #2 - $11,386.93
- Geismar VFD - $36,771.21
- Fifth Ward VFD - $23,748.06
- Sorrento VFD - $21,609.30
- Gonzales Firefighters Association - $26,041.01
- Seventh District VFD - $46,164.51
- St. Amant VFD - $51,084.62
- Gonzales FD - $28,326.18
- Donaldsonville FD - $26,499.59