Annie Rose: Most people know you as the head of Fire Department in Santa Ramona. What they don't know about Dimitri Rousseau as a man?
Dimitri Rousseau:I love challenges, life a lot more exciting when you're being kept on your toes. I'm also somebody who ain like to be put in a box. I believe I'm versatile and wear lot of different hats. I like getting into different things and ideas, creating opportunities for myself and others. Another thing might be that I will never forfeit on a dare. If I lost a bet? I will be carryin out my side of the bargain, fair is fair eh.
AR: We were talking about the contingency plan and you've been for a long time a member of city council. What have you achieved in this time there?
DR:Every FD Chief as an experienced Incident Commander needs to put together a plan of action upon arriving on the scene of a fire or big EMS scenario. Organization and effective communication can save lives.
The city was lacking a clear and coherent plan of action--- a contingency plan in expectation of a natural disaster. After collaborating with the Chief of Staff Dr Stone of the hospital to throw a fund raiser, we were able to raise the sum of $3000 dollars for the natural disaster and emergency funds in City Hall.
I put together a proposal for a Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery HQ and supplies warehouse as well as a contingency plan with simulation drills for the city. It passed successfully on all points in City Hall.
Governor Stone was able, at my request, to pursue a Federal Grant which allocated a farther $50,000 to the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Agency to be used on site and on training and a supplies warehouse. I have just recently delivered to City Hall all requisite documents and map for the Contingency plan. This came in the form of a folder and includes: A clear and cohesive Contingency plan for the city, with guidelines for the FD and PD to put into gear under emergency disasters. Also, a map of the city with highlighted routes to clearly mark out relevant roads in order to better establish access and supply flows. I have also worked with the PD to secure their logistical data--and those of the Hospital and Clinic and worked on providing the FD's own logistical data myself. We now have all inventory listed such as equipment and vehicles available and things such as medication and comfort supplies among other items. All departments, PD/FD, Hospital and Clinic now have this as well as Governor Stone and the current Mayor. A relocation assignation in event of emergencies has been decided upon---people will now know where to go in the event of a natural disaster for aid and relief and shelter. This will soon be released to the city along with a standard protocol procedure in emergencies and map. My construction company has finished work on the underground silo, improving ventilation, drainage and lighting. It will store emergency supplies. We also finished work on the City Services building which will house a few City Hall offices as well as that Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery HQ. Steps for recovery have also been outlined in the contingency plan. So now all that remains is to provide the citizens with the relevant information and guidelines and simulate a drill. Another proposal that passed successfully was one I pitched for the future of the City and it's economic benefit. This city provides excellent entertainment and I proposed taking that to another level with a Race Track course, paid for by private investors with good return and benefit economically to all local businesses. Businesses who would like to sell beverages and food and provide entertainment and merchandise are going to be involved as well as garages and mechanics, not to mention the beach will host a glorious after party to celebrate winners with live music provided by local talent. I'm excited about this proposal and have been in talks with a City council member over land allocation. It will happen soon, I hope and will be a huge draw to the city and boost it's appeal with visitors and residents alike.
AR: I wonder about your life before to become a fire fighter and to run for election. Tell me about your background?
DR:I was born in a small town out on the Bayou and grew up later in an impoverished part of New Orleans. I witnessed first hand what natural disasters such as flooding and hurricanes can do to a city. I joined a Louisianan Fire Department and became a Firefighter and Paramedic. I was inspired by my father, he's no longer alive but he was an FD Chief in New Orleans. Seeing him work and the impact he had on civilians and the community stuck with me. In my past, in another city I ran a support group for drug and substance abusers in collaboration between that FD where I was Captain and the hospital there. We applied holistic approach-- helping people with social networks, employment and medication to ease withdrawal. Holistic approaches tend to do well altogether. I also had set up an urban allotment with the help of a private citizen to help aid therapy and rehabilitation for residents of that city. I went on to propose and run a Coast Guard Agency out by the Louisiana coast. We intercepted contraband, cleaned chemical spills and pulled up a few dead bodies. Exciting work! I guess I'm no stranger to adversity and poverty. I fought hard in life for what successes I have and I would like to continue that fight but on behalf of the city---and it's residents. I aim to bring this city and it's inhabitants economic success, stability and new and interesting opportunities to get into.
AR: Let's talk about your electoral program. What do you want for Santa Ramona and what do you think the city needs?