DeSoto Fire District 8

Construction Begins on New Fire Engine

Monday, December 20, 2010   Ferrara Fire Apparatus released it's first photo of DFD 8's new engine today. The district is set to receive the new pumper in March. Features on this truck include CAFS, top mount pump with speed-lays, interior and exterior all LED lighting, front bumper jump line, and custom cabinets in the chassis. This truck will feature a black over red paint scheme and will have a painted bumper with chevron striping upon completion.

Check out Ferrara Fire at to check on the progress. 



DFD 8 Completes Haz-Mat Technician Training

Friday, November 19, 2010   DFD 8 staff competed a 40 hour Hazardous Material Technician course that met OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120, EPA, and DOT requirements. Participants studied incident analysis, response planning and implementation, and incident evaluation and termination. Pictures of the training can be found in our image gallery under training. 



Burn Ban Lifted

Thursday, November 4, 2010  The State and Parish Burn Ban has been lifted. Still keep these general outdoor burning safety tips in mind when burning.

  • Check the weather-Don't burn on windy days.
  • If you must burn trash, don't pile it on the ground. It will not burn completely and will easily blow away.
  • Never attempt to burn any aerosol cans; Flying metal from exploding cans may cause an injury. Burning trash scattered by such an explosion has caused the spread of many fires
  • Always stay until the fire is finished burning.
  • Keep fires as far away from structure as possible (but within distance of a garden hose or other water source.)
  • Never use gasoline or other flammables to start your fire.
  • Call 911 IMMEDIATELY if you need any assistance. DO NOT WAIT.
If you have any outdoor burning questions be sure to contact us at 318-872-2453 before you begin burning.



Come Join DFD 8 for Halloween

Thursday, October 28, 2010  DeSoto Fire District 8 will be particpating in Halloween festivities this Saturday, October 30, 2010. Come join us for candy, fun and a great visit with your community firefighters. We are located on Highway 175 North, one mile north of the Mansfield city limits. All are welcome! Hope to see you there.



DFD 8 Cares Enough to Wear Pink Campaign Raises $8000

Friday, October 15, 2010  The sale of DeSoto Fire District 8's Pink T-Shirts to support women's cancer research raised $8000 for Feist-Weiller Cancer Center located at LSUHSC-Shreveport. DFD 8 crews sold approximately 800 shirts around the community and declared Friday, October 15th as "Pink Shirt Day" where all supporters would wear their shirts. Firefighters spent the day traveling to all businesses that particpated taking pictures of everyone in their pink shirts. At 12:30 pm a ceremony was held at the courthouse square where a check was presented to Feist-Weiller Cancer Center for $8000. DeSoto Fire District 8 Chief David Manning and his wife Jane presented a matching funds check to the Center as Mrs. Jane is not only a supporter of the center, but a patient as well. DFD 8 expresses great thanks to everyone that participated. We hope to see you next year when we support this great cause again. Check our gallery page to see all the pictures from this years event.



Fill the Boot Brings in $5200 For Childhood Cancer Research

Thursday, October 14, 2010   DFD 8 firefighters from all shifts participated in the first annual Fill the Boot Drive to raise money for childhood cancer research. Crews spend two days standing on the corners of various intersections in Mansfield shaking the boot for donations. A total of $5200 was raised during the drive. DFD 8 sends thanks to all that participated. 



Burn Ban Still in Effect

Tuesday, October 12, 2010   Despite heavy rains yesterday, the burn ban still remains in effect for DeSoto Parish. The area is still in a severe drought and more rain is needed before conditions are safe for outdoor burning. Keep checking back with our site for the latest information.



DFD 8 Updates Training Center

Monday, October 11, 2010  DeSoto Fire District 8 recently completed updating the audio/visual equipment in our new training center. A stage with a poduim and A/V cabinet was installed in the front of the classroom along with PA speakers and a 10 foot projection screen. A 2500 lumen DLP projector was installed from the celing of the classroom as well. If your company is interested in using our new facility for meetings or events please contact us on our Request Our Services page at or by phone at 318-872-2453.



Fire Prevention Week Update

Monday, October 11, 2010  DeSoto Fire District 8 recently completed participation in the USFA's annual Fire Prevention Week. This years theme was "Smoke Dectectors: A Sound You Can't Live WIthout." DFD 8 reached appoximatly 165 students in the area providing them with hands on training as well as fire prevention literature.Thanks to our area schools for their participation!



Crews Participate in Cancer Luncheon

Friday, October 1, 2010  Members of DeSoto Fire District 8 participated in a Brest Cancer Survivor Luncheon sponsored by DeSoto Regional Heath System. DFD 8 members served meals to the survivors and sold our departments Pink Heals t-shirts. Thanks to all that participated in a great event.



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