‘We need more manpower,’ local fire department asking for vote on tax

‘We need more manpower,’ local fire department asking for vote on tax
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POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — The Pointe Coupee Fire Department, District 4, is asking for the resident’s help in support of a tax that will generate funds to help hire full-time first responders.

As the population continues to grow in South Pointe Coupee Parish, the number of emergency responders remains the same in the area. According to the Chief of Operations for district 4, Evan Doucet, he said, “last year we received around 500 calls, now we’re at about 720 calls.”

The district has six stations, but two have been closed down due to a lack of volunteers.

“It’s a nationwide problem,” said Fire Chief Paul Pinsoat. “We have a lack of volunteers, we’re a part-time, volunteer fire department with 5 to 7 volunteers and around 25 part-time responders.”

District 4 covers 185 square miles of South Pointe Coupee Parish including Livonia, Fordoche, Torbert, and Lottie.

“We have nobody in Lottie,” said Doucet. “Right now we try to have four people a day stationed in Livonia and two people in Fordoche. We have one person at night in Livonia, and one in Fordoche. That’s it.”

Chief Pinsonat explained how they need full-time responders dedicated to the position of protecting the people. All responders are volunteers and part-time, who have full-time jobs outside of the fire department.

“We can’t rely on those few volunteers, and few part-time firefighters, so the community deserves better, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Pinsoat.

The Pointe Coupee Fire District 4, is looking to hire full-time paid first responders. The fire department is asking the resident in the area to support an 11-millage property tax.

The chief said the department’s current millage is 10.9 and has not been updated since 2005. If the 11-mill vote passes, the fire department’s total millage will be 21.9 mills. This additional funding could generate $800,000 for the fire department.

Pinsoat said the funds will go towards updating a new fire department, some within the parish haven’t been updated in 40 years. The funds will go toward the full-time employee’s salaries, benefits, and insurance.

The additional millage is expected to double what residents in the area pay for fire protection.

One local resident of Livonia, Nicole Satterly, said she’s for the tax and realizes that her city needs additional funds to assist the community.

“I am for the tax, it helps local residents,” said Satterley. “If it was my family and my home, I would want my belongings saved, So I’m all for it.”

The final vote for this tax will be held on Saturday, March 25.

Pointe Coupee Fire Department District 4 asking for vote on addtional funds
Frequently asked questions on the voting of additional funding for District 4

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