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Growth in north Bossier Parish prompts Fire and EMS to work even closer together

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Bossier Parish's population grows at an unexpected rate. Since the year 2000, it has grown at least 18 percent.

Where there's people, there also needs to be parish resources—water, sewer, and even emergency personnel. The parish works to try and stay ahead of the growth on all of these.

The Police Jury recently approved a new sewage district and plan to build a new plant between Bossier City and Haughton.

Plus, Fire District 4 and the EMS service pull their resources together to try and service the growing community.

"We always knew the growth north would be persistent, but we didn't know the magnitude of it," said Chief J.T. Wallace, for Fire District 4.

Wallace said Tuesday the population in Fire District 4 has almost quadrupled in less than 15 years.

"In 1999, basically the population was somewhere around 6,500 and today, it's getting close to 24,000," he said. "We cover 174 square miles, which is large in itself, but it's not densely populated."

Wallace expects the areas off Crouch and Swan Lake Roads to grow as the parish works to connect the two. The Fire District plans to work with Bossier Parish EMS to serve the public well.

"We're going to start sharing some quarters together," Wallace said. "They here [an ambulance at Station 1], and we're going to move some administrative services to the Swan Lake Road area. It's simply a way that we can take all of the resources we have and place then where they make the most difference."

Chief Wallace hopes to move the administrative office to Swan Lake Road in January. He would also like have a fully manned fire station at that location which will be there to embrace the growing population.

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