The following statement was issued by the Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 7 on Jan. 5:
Everyone is aware of our road conditions. State roads and parish roads. What most people is unaware of is that with the condition of our state and parish roads is that it slows our response time down. The fire department is rated every 5 years. The response time is included in the rating. With a slow response time it can and will affect our rating. Which means your property insurance will go up. I urge everyone to call your elected officials starting from local government to state government. We have got to get something done. When saving a life or someone’s property ever second counts. We’re estimating our response time has dropped by 20% due to the condition of our roads.
Chief Doug Birdwell