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Jeff Davis looks to state to help build fire station

Last Modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 10:30 PM

By Doris Maricle / American Press

FENTON — The Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury wants the state’s help to build a fire station to help improve fire ratings in the Fenton area.

Police Juror Byron Buller asked that money for a station in Fire District 5 be added to the state’s capital outlay funding request.

The fire rating for about 30 residences — including a subdivision on U.S. 165 — was downgraded from Class 6 to Class 10 because they are too far from the nearest fire station, he said.

Fire districts are rated from Class 1 to 10. The lower the number, the better the rating.

“This is costing a lot of people more on their (fire) insurance because they are too far from a fire station,” he said. “They are about seven miles away from the nearest fire station.”

Fire districts are graded every five years by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana. The agency looks at factors like manpower, equipment, water supply, number and location of fire stations, training and communications. The rating affects the cost of fire insurance in the district.

Fire District 5 is seeking a mutual aid agreement with a nearby fire station in Allen Parish to help provide coverage in the district, Buller said.

“We need this agreement now,” he said, noting that funding from the capital outlay could take a year or more.

Fire District 5 serves the area north of Fenton, including the Buller and Pine Island areas.

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