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A dispute over fire coverage, funding

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BATON ROUGE- Baker Fire Chief Danny Edwards says he was given an ultimatum by the District 1 Fire Protection Board.  He was told to take less money for help covering Northwest East Baton Rouge Parish or receive none of the tax money from that area.

Baker did not accept the offer.  That means the Zachary Fire Department will be the sole agency responding to emergency calls in district one startins Sunday.

Chief Edwards says the old plan between Zachary and Baker did not cover all the costs for covering the area which runs from the Jetson Center for Youth to the East Baton Rouge Parish line at East Feliciana.  He says the share offered for a new plan would have hurt the city budget even more.

Zachary Mayor David Amrhein says the Zachary Fire Department responded to 81 percent of the calls in the district for 2011.  He says the department should be accomodated accordingly.

Mayor Amrhein says he has been given assurances that the department can provide adequate coverage to the district.


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