T.A. Jones officially retired from the Lake Charles (Louisiana) Fire Department earlier this month, and in an article by Celeste Ansley on Americanpress.com, he says he remembers every single fire fatality he has seen in his 39-year career.
“It takes a toll on you,” he said.
Chief Jones says he attended his first fire as a hoseman, and through his career, rose through the rankds of fireman first class, fire driver, and fire captain in 1989. He began his work with the fire prevention bureau in 1990.
“Being a part of fire prevention became a part of my life and family,” he says. Chief Jones said in the article that he was “very excited” when he became chief of fire prevention because he knew he could make a difference in Lake Charles.
Jones said some of his happiest moments of his career were visiting local schools during Fire Prevention Week.
“(The children) come up with the best questions,” he says in the article. He added that children remember what he taught them and then they go home and tell their parents.
See NFPA's Fire Prevention Week materials for kids and families, including a fire safety checklist, an escape planning grid, and a fun project about the importance of working smoke alarms.
NFPA's Fire Prevention Week team tips its hat to Chief Jones and wishes him a happy, healthy retirement!
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