Hampton named NBFD Interim Fire Chief

By Paige Nash

Following the dismissal of previous Fire Chief Gary Hathorn from the North Bienville Fire Department (NBFD), the fire protection board has named Antoine Hampton as the new Interim Fire Chief.

Hampton joined the NBFD as a volunteer in 2010 before being named Assistant Fire Chief in 2019 and has served in this capacity for the last four years. With almost 13 years of experience under his belt, he feels he is ready and plenty capable of taking up his role as the new Interim Fire Chief and is honored that the board has chosen him to fill his mentor’s shoes.

“With all the knowledge and skills Former Chief Hathorn has poured into me I know I have what it takes to fulfill this position for my district,” said Hampton.

Hampton does not see any big changes on the horizon for the NBFD. He said, “In my opinion there’s no change needed. I will keep going in the same direction in taking the initiative to mentor and guide new recruits, teach essential skills and always be willing to learn from mistakes.”

He views his new role as a way to better the community.

“I would like to recruit more volunteer firemen in the Mt. Lebanon, Bryceland and Taylor areas to decrease response time,” said Hampton.

With his new role, Hampton is aware of the influence he will have.

He said, “I know that strong leadership in the fire service is critical to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community and the firefighting team. I’m willing to take on full responsibility.”

The NBFD will be meeting every first Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Arcadia Fire Department location, 1934 South Railroad Ave.

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