July 16, 2013


For Immediate Release

CÚline Alis
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742

Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau

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LA State Firemen Assoc. to hold conference in New Iberia

NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Louisiana State Firemen's Association will meet for training and fellowship on Aug. 1 - 3, 2013, at The Ramada Inn and Convention Center (2915 Hwy. 14) in New Iberia. The Iberia, Vermilion and Acadia parish fire districts will host the annual conference, which is expected to attract 1,000 firefighters and their spouses.

Panels will offer information on mental health, financial strategy, stress, substance abuse and dealing with childhood crisis. Spouses will attend separate informational sessions and visit Iberia Parish attractions.

The LSFA will hold its annual meeting and elect its 2013-2014 officers on Aug. 2. An award banquet will close the conference on Aug. 3.

The public is welcome to attend the opening ceremony on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cade Community Center (1688 Smede Hwy.) in St. Martinville. The vendor exhibit will also be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. on Aug. 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 2, and 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 3 in the Cypress, Evangeline and Oak Rooms of the Ramada.

"This is an opportune time for firefighters to make new friends and visit with old ones," said Dwayne Thevis, LSFA president and chief service technician at Iberia Parish Fire District 1. "Our conference this year is geared toward mental health in the fire service. I would like to invite all fire service personnel to attend this year's conference. It will be some time before New Iberia has the opportunity to host this event again."

"Dwayne met with our staff over a year ago to discuss our services for event planners, so we kind of had an idea this event was going to be special," said Fran Thibodeaux, executive director of the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. "He has done a tremendous job planning every little detail to make sure the attendees have the best experience possible. We thank him for promoting New Iberia as the host city. It is an honor for our community to welcome dedicated fire personnel who risk their lives to protect people and property across Louisiana."


About the LSFA


The purpose of the LSFA is to establish harmony and action in the cultivation of fraternal fellowship among its members, to secure protection for and to promote the best interest of fire service personnel of Louisiana, and to establish and conduct an organized training program for Louisiana's firefighters.

The LSFA consists of more than 350 fire departments and over 12,000 members across Louisiana. Membership is open to all who belong to a fire department in Louisiana or have an interest in the fire service.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Dwayne Thevis, 337-256-9093,


The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit

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