Apr 12, 2013 6:45 PM by Chris Welty

Crowley Could End Fire Protection Services Outside City-Limits

The City-of-Crowley could cut off fire protection services for areas outside of city limits.

Tuesday, the Crowley City Council said it's frustrated the Acadia Parish Police Jury hasn't finalized a contract. If a deal isn't reached, Crowley will stop providing fire protection by June first.

For more than 20 years, the City-of-Crowley has provided fire protection to those outside of city-limits. Crowley Mayor Greg Jones says it's time the city is compensated. He says, it's a matter of economics and legalities.

"We're not supposed to provide services outside of our taxing boundaries without some sort of compensation," said Mayor Jones.

Tuesday, the council passed a motion which would charge the parish $200 an hour for each fire unit called to the scene of an emergency, all personnel costs and any additional costs for fire or E-M-S calls outside the city limits. Mayor Jones says this is a motivational move. He wants a deal reached and doesn't want to compensate the Crowley's class two fire rating.

"If that deadline isn't met, what will happen? We're not going out, council has voted on it. It's not exactly the most palatable solution, but it's kind of a case the ball is in your court. You can pay for services or not, or provide your own, feel free!"

KATC reached out to members of the Acadia Parish Police Jury who declined to comment saying they fear possible litigation.

Chris Welty



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