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1 West Baton Rouge fire district by July 1

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PORT ALLEN, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - West Baton Rouge Parish officials say efforts to consolidate six fire sub-districts into one parish-wide operation are almost complete as the July 1 deadline draws near.

The parish council introduced a $1.3 million budget last week that will guide the first six months of spending for the new parish-wide fire district.

Fire Chief Charles Stephens has drafted an organizational chart that maps out the new fire district's personnel structure and operation procedures.

Merging the fire sub-districts in Port Allen, Addis, Brusly, Lobdell, Erwinville and Rosehill won't mean dramatic changes in fire service.

Stephens says the biggest change will be the creation of a civil service board, which will handle personnel matters for the new consolidated district.

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