During its 54th annual conference, held in Boise, Idaho, Sept. 14-18, 2013, Toby Velasquez, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), presented a President’s Award to Capt. Spencer Cole with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, for his inspiring leadership of the organization’s Preparedness & Response Committee.
At the end of his/her term, the NASBLA President selects individuals to honor with this special recognition for their contributions during the past year to boating safety and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
Under Capt. Cole’s leadership, the Preparedness & Response Committee has delivered exceptional value to NASBLA, always aware of the financial impact. When appropriate, Capt. Cole deferred actual committee meetings in favor of a far more cost-effective virtual meeting, allowing the committee to remain productive and proactive. Those cost savings leveraged limited resources and afforded his committee the opportunities to participate on a national stage in Washington when needed most.
“The Preparedness & Response Committee has been instrumental in several of NASBLA’s finest moments with regards to safety and security. Preparedness comes in many forms and this committee has played an important role in shaping national legislation and policy,” said Velasquez when presenting the award.
A few of the committee’s accomplishments include:
Congressional drafting assistance in the FEMA Port Security Grant Program;
FEMA and USCG accepted narrative within Port Security Grant applications;
Drafting assistance in support of the USCG Re-Authorization, regarding training;
First National Scholarship delivery of the Tactical Operators Course in Washington, D.C.; and
First memorandum of understanding between the USCG and NASBLA on National Training Standards.
Along the way Capt. Cole built new partnerships with NASBLA’s associates and partners from every corner of the maritime community. His committee has kept stakeholders informed of funding and training opportunities.
“We look upon Capt. Cole as a valued committee chair, always prepared and articulate in his delivery, a model for future NASBLA committee chairs to emulate,” added Velasquez.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, the organization affects the lives of over 76 million American boaters. To learn more about how NASBLA continues to make the waterways safe, secure and enjoyable, visit http://www.nasbla.org.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-2465 or NASBLA at 859-225-9487.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was honored at the Oct. 3 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.
Shikar-Safari Club International presented their Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to LDWF Sgt. Lance Devillier, of Lawtell. The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.
Devillier has been an LDWF agent for seven years and was recently promoted to sergeant and mainly patrols St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Lafayette parishes.
Devillier also received the LDWF Enforcement Division’s “2013 Agent of the Year” award. Devillier teaches boating safety classes and is one of the leading agents in making driving or operating a vessel or vehicle while under the influence cases.
Oct. 1, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training cadets in December to bolster the ranks of agents in the field in 2014.
The cadets will train at the department’s training facility housed within the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Successful completion of six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.
“An LDWF enforcement agent has a tremendous responsibility, protecting Louisiana’s rich natural resources, and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “And those responsibilities extend to response efforts during natural disasters when citizens need assistance in areas impacted.”
At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas. The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers.
Agents are additionally trained for search and rescue and serve as the lead responders in search and rescue coordination under the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
The 2014 class of graduating agents will fill field office vacancies around the state.
Interested applicants can apply on line through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS test to qualify for consideration. Please visit the civil service website at http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov/ for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” and LEAPS testing application information.
LDWF is charged with managing, conserving, and promoting wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) held a ceremony on Oct. 1 to honor those Enforcement Division agents who have died in the line of duty. The ceremony took place beside the “Fallen Agents” statue that was erected outside of the LDWF HQ building in Baton Rouge earlier this year.
The ceremony included a prayer by Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) Chaplain Senior Agent Byron Cammack, and speeches by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Col. Jeff Mayne, LWAA President Davis Madere and Lt. Col. Joey Broussard.
The statue depicts an LDWF Enforcement Division agent in an honor guard uniform with his head bowed honoring fallen agents. The statue sits on top of a granite pedestal that is engraved with the names of the seven LDWF agents that have been killed in the line of duty.
“This statue will permanently serve as a reminder of those agents who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while enforcing our conservation game and boating laws,” said Col. Jeff Mayne, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “This statue also emphasizes how dangerous an agent’s job can be on a day to day basis.”
The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) purchased and donated the statue to LDWF where it will permanently stand at their headquarters building.
The following are the agents who are engraved on the pedestal and honored by the statue:
Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, end of watch (EOW) Sept. 30, 2011. Sgt. Stuckey was an 18 year veteran and is survived by his wife and three children.
Agent Jim Matkin, 30, EOW March 2, 2005. Agent Matkin was a six year veteran and is survived by his parents, two sisters and a step-son.
Capt. John Garlington, 53, EOW Feb. 10, 2000. Capt. Garlington was a 14 year veteran and is survived by his wife and son.
Agent Leon Henderson, 36, EOW March 30, 1996. Agent Henderson was a 15 year veteran and is survived by his wife and daughter.
Agent Ricky Dodge, 37, EOW Jan. 21, 1992. Agent Dodge is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
Agent Kenneth Aycock, 35, EOW July 6, 1991. Agent Aycock is survived by his wife and two sons.
Agent Frank Fagot, 31, EOW Nov. 29, 1927. Agent Fagot was survived by his wife and two children.
Presenters and Exhibitors are invited to register for the 17th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium to be held February 21-22, 2014 at the Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St., Shreveport.
This year, the emphasis will be on the concepts of watersheds, preserving water quality, and managing land to reduce impact on our aquatic resources. The theme for this upcoming conference, therefore, is “Watersheds: From My Back Yard to the Ocean.”
Use the attached documents to register no later than December 16, 2013.
Contact Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator Thomas Gresham at email@example.com or 225-765-0124 with questions or requests.