All EBR fire departments to possibly merge

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 4:45pm

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Walker wants all the fire districts in the parish to merge.

He believes combining the nine districts would save the parish both lives and money. It's a plan that has stalled before because of a lack of funding.

Baker fire Chief Danny Edwards believes it's a plan that needs to be implemented as soon as possible.

"Of course, it's going to cost money to implement,” stated Edwards. “But the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish deserve the best fire protection that they can get."

Edwards says a consolidated fire district would save homeowners money on their fire insurance. The item has been placed on this Wednesday's Metro Council agenda.

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