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Fire fight could end with one fire district

3 years 11 months 9 hours ago June 25, 2013 Jun 25, 2013 Tuesday, June 25 2013 June 25, 2013 9:31 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

PORT ALLEN- Parish leaders are beginning discussions about consolidating firefighting operations in West Baton Rouge.

Currently, there are six fire districts. Each has to split the tax collected for fire protection.

The formula for distributing the money is outdated, according to many, so instead of drafting a new equation, leaders will merge the districts into one.

Click HERE for previous WBRZ News 2 reports on this issue.

Parish President Riley Berthelot said the consolidation will stream-line operations and solve the dilemma. He was not sure exactly what the change would mean for fire ratings, which insurance companies use to price insurance premiums. There will likely be variations across the parish, he said, but did not have specifics.

A number of people are involved in setting-up the parish-wide fire protection district, which could be running by July 2014.
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