VENTRESS, La. (BRPROUD) – Pointe Coupee Parish will soon see major changes to the way districts governed by the fire board will operate.

The adjustments were triggered by the local fire department’s desire for an improved ranking.

Paul Pinsonat, fire chief for Pointe Coupee, said, “We just need more manpower, Lack of volunteers, we don’t have the manpower that we use to have.”

Instead, in a five to three vote, the council members announced they will change the board. This means consolidating it into one board responsible for the five districts.

The decision was not met with much approval. “What does that mean? Is less local control,” stated Evan Dousset the assistant fire chief for Pointe Coupee.

Dousset also says there are just too many unknowns, and more cons than pros.

Many fire chiefs fear this new change will not make things better, instead making it harder to get the resources that they need.

Dousset added, “The best way to put it is we don’t know what we are going to get. You don’t know who you are going to get, we don’t know the process behind who they put on the boards, and we don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s the scary part of it.”

Those who disagree with the change say their feelings won’t affect how they handle their jobs.

“We’re going to keep doing our job. We still got a job to do we’re not going to stop just because of this,” explained Dousset.

The new ordinance is set to begin on the first of October.

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