Guillot retires, Ramirez named new Plaquemine Fire Chief

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Darren Ramirez was recently appointed as Fire Chief for the City of Plaquemine by the Mayor and the Board of Selectmen after former Fire Chief Mackie Guillot retired January 8, 2016.

Darren Ramirez is the new leader of the Plaquemine Fire Department, after the retirement of former Chief Mackie Guillot on January 8. The Plaquemine Board of Selectmen unanimously selected Assistant District Chief Ramirez as the Fire Chief at its meeting on Tuesday night. He was recommended by Mayor Mary Sue Gulotta.

Ramirez has been with the Plaquemine Fire Department for 21 years, and has held the position of District Assistant Chief for 10 years. He is the 13th fire chief of the city. He holds the title of Interim Chief until he takes and passes the state fire chief test, which he expects to do within a month. Once he passes that test, he will officially become Fire Chief.

Ramirez thanked the Board and told them, “It warms my heart to have the chief’s position back in the family.” His grandfather, the late Yves Ramirez, served for 7 years as the 9th fire chief of the city, and worked as a city firefighter for 23 years. Ramirez promised the Board that he will work with them to provide a good department for city residents. “My heart is with this city and this fire department.”

Former Chief Guillot served as chief for 16 years, and most recently led the city’s audit by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, which resulted in an improved city fire rating from a 3 to a 2 inside the city limits. The improved rating means some residents may get a small decrease in their property insurance cost. Guillot was on hand at the meeting to witness the appointment of Ramirez to his position, and received thanks from the Board of Selectmen for his dedication and hard work.

The Board of Selectmen offered Ramirez well wishes and congratulations for the job he has done for the City of Plaquemine.

“Over the years I’ve seen you work,” Oscar Mellion, Mayor Pro-Tem said.  “You’ve operated in a very professional manner, and you’ve done a great job.  I hope you to continue to do what you’ve been doing and good luck to you.”

The Plaquemine Fire Department has three fire stations, 12 full-time firefighters and in the city and the surrounding area, serving approximately 18,000 people within its district. It responds to a variety of emergencies including fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, search and rescue efforts, hazardous materials incidents and other emergencies.