We are pleased to introduce our new Fire Chief, Chris Langlois.
Chief Langlois, who began work with the Town on August 17, was officially sworn in as Leland Fire Chief on Monday. He replaces outgoing Fire Chief John Grimes, who was appointed to serve as Leland's first Emergency Management Director in April.
Langlois comes to Leland with more than three decades of volunteer and career fire service experience in both Louisiana and Nebraska.
We look forward to the knowledge and expertise he will add to our Fire/Rescue Department, and we encourage you to welcome him to our community!
Leland Cultural Arts Center and Parks and Recreation's sixth annual Open House is going virtual! Meet our instructors and learn more about their classes and programs. Watch video demonstrations and check out student work. Those who tune into our social media pages on August 29 will receive a registration coupon code available for use that day only.
Leland Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20. If you were unable to attend or watch the live stream online, remember that you can always catch up on past Council meetings on the Town's YouTube channel. You may also submit public comments and input on public hearings online, and your feedback will be shared with Council as part of the next meeting agenda packet.
Economic Development Committee Meeting – 6:00 PM, Sept. 10
Town Council – 6:00 PM, Sept. 17
Planning Board - 6:00 PM, Sept. 22
Parks & Recreation Board - 6:00 PM, Sept. 30
Leland in the News The community recently came together to honor a very special resident - World War II veteran Paul Phillips - on his 93rd birthday. Touched by the outpouring of support and respect for Mr. Phillips, Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman even declared his birthday, Aug. 14, as Paul Phillips Day.
Registration is now open online and in person for Leland Cultural Arts Center and Leland Parks and Recreation programs and classes. In-person registration is available Mondays and Tuesdays but appointment only. Call the LCAC at (910) 385-9891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for appointments.
You are awakened at 2 o’clock in the morning to a beeping sound. You wake up your family, have someone dial 911, and usher everyone outside to your family meeting place. As you leave your home, you do a quick visual check – no smoke, nor visible flames but you get everyone out, just the same, and wait safely outside.
This is exactly what we, as firefighters, are looking for from residents in response to a fire. And it can only be properly executed in an emergency with E.D.I.T.H. - Exit Drills In The Home.
Have you taken the time to develop a home escape plan? Do you know two ways out of every room and two ways out of your house? Where is your family meeting place?
It only takes a few minutes to sit the entire family down at the table, draw out the floor plan of your house, and mark up your escape plan (remember: two ways out of each room, as well as two exits from your home). The whole family should be involved, and everyone will see how to get out and where to meet. In a moment of panic, we forget the simplest things, but if we practice over and over, that becomes automatic and we just react.
We recommend that you practice this plan at different times of day, different days, and even different times of the year. This - along with working smoke detectors – is what will keep you safe. Set off the smoke detectors and ensure they are working. Watch your family members leave their bedrooms. If in bed, roll off onto the floor, stay low and touch the closed door – not the handle – with the back of your hand. If cool, open slowly, look out, then exit the home. Don’t forget to check the exterior door, as well. The fire may be outside and behind the door!
Make sure you inform house guests of your escape routes and meeting place. Spending a minute or two to explain this can save lives.
Take the time to develop your home escape plan, practice it at least annually, and remember to practice fire prevention and safety all 52 weeks of the year!