History

Early 1900s


June 23, 1925 as some would say was the night that "Bossier City burned down." As two separate fires that night destroyed many businesses, homes, and property it made the citizens of Bossier City realize that improvements needed to be made. The Bossier City Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1926 with the five city councilmen serving as the first volunteer firefighters. The first fire station was built in 1928 on Cane St. which is now Barksdale Boulevard The Bossier City Volunteer Fire Department was reorganized in 1929 with NG. Huff serving as the first Fire Chief.

In 1932, Bossier City hired three paid fulltime firefighters. The Bossier City Fire Department was reorganized into a fulltime professional force in 1950, with F.M. Smith officially named as the first fulltime Fire Chief. In 1951, the city opened its second fire station on Waller Avenue In 1958, a third fire station was opened on Northside Drive. In 1963, a fourth fire station was opened on Parkway Drive. 1963 was also a sad year for the department because two Bossier City Firefighters lost their lives that year trying to rescue some city workers. Larry Baldwin and Royce Glen Vogel had been with the fire department for 6 years.

Mid 1900s


In 1965 a fifth fire station was opened on Meadowview Drive. In 1982, Fire Chief F.M. Smith retired and J.T. Wallace, Sr. was named the new Fire Chief. In 1984, a new central station was opened on Beckett Street. In 1985, the department added emergency medical services and transportation in new ambulances. Chief J.T. Wallace, Sr. retired in 1989 and M.E. Monzingo was named the new Fire Chief. In 1992, Chief Monzingo retired and J.T. Wallace, Jr. was named the new Fire Chief. In 1993, a seventh fire station was opened on Shed Road. In 1994, the Bossier City Fire Training Center was opened on Shed Road next door to fire station 7. Also in 1994, an eighth fire station was opened on Riverbend Drive. In 1999, Chief J.T. Wallace, Jr. retired and Donnie Faith was named as the new Fire Chief.

Modern Day


In December of 2000 a ninth fire station was opened on Brownlee Road. Fire Chief Donnie Faith retired in 2004 and Sammy Halphen was named as the new Fire Chief. In 2011, Fire Chief Sammy Halphen retired and Brad Zagone was named the new Fire Chief. Throughout the past 10 years, fire stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been replaced by newer, more modern stations. The City of Bossier City is constantly growing and the Bossier City Fire Department is improving everyday to further accommodate its citizens.