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The Southwestern Division board has been busy with events and state-related activities.
President Shauwn Howell of Pine Bluff Fire Department attended the opening session of the Leadership Academy in Lafayette.
He was joined by IAFC Director Roy Robichaux of Plaquesmines Parish, and Executive Director Moatts to welcome the attendees of the 3rd annual Leadership Academy.
President Howell also attended the LFCA annual spring conference held in Bossier City. The LFCA is a very active organization within the state of Louisiana as well as the Southwestern Division. President Howell is very active in the Southwestern community
Chief Robert Benoit of Lafayette, LA was elected as the 2nd Vice President by the members at the annual business meeting which took place on October 7 in Houston, TX.
The role of the 2nd Vice President is to assist the President and First Vice President of the Division. In the absence or inability of the President and First Vice President shall assume all duties of the President. He shall also be the Chairman of the Membership Activities of the Association.
Chief Benoit began his career in 1979 when he entered rookie class for the Lafayette Fire Department. He rose up the ranks in Lafayette with numerous positions. He was appointed the Fire Chief in 1993 and remains in that position today. During his tenure with LFD he served as an adjunct instructor for LSU-Eunice from 1992-2000.
Chief Benoit has been a member of the IAFC since many years. He has also served many positions on various committees representing the Southwestern the IAFC Constitution and By-Laws Committee.
We welcome Chief Benoit to the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Division. He brings with him many years in education and training and will be beneficial to the mission of the Southwestern Division of the IAFC.
Chief Benoit will host the 2019 Executive Leadership Conference in his home town of Lafayette, LA. He currently is also on the Education/ Conference Planning Committee.