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Fire illustrates parish’s need for protection

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Fire Chief Dennis Ford, who has been warning the parish that flagging numbers in the department could cost us in the end, said that two things contributed to difficulties with the fire on Monday.

One was getting the appropriate number of firefighters to the site — Choudrant ended up pitching in a handful of men to help combat the towering fire.

The other, which is equally if not more concerning, is that it took more than an hour, almost two, before the department was notified.

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