West Feliciana Parish’s Fire Protection District 1 has asked the Parish Council to consider amending the ordinance regarding the Fire District’s Fire Prevention Bureau.

The Fire Suppression Rating Schedule — a manual containing the criteria the International Organization for Standardization uses to review the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of communities — is set to undergo changes in January 2017.

Fire Chief James Wood said word is changes to the document are significant but his staff has not fully reviewed them yet.

“What is clear, however, is that the rating schedule will now include fire prevention activities as a part of the requirements of the rating instead of their previous status as a bonus in the evaluation.”

“The changes are necessary for the fire district to fully meet the new requirements of the upcoming FSRS changes,” Wood said.

The changes would allow the district to obtain certification as a Certified Fire Prevention Bureau by the state fire marshal; ensure fire prevention activities are credited on the FSRS, which may contribute to lowering the property insurance rating and effect lower premiums; link the parish fire prevention codes to the Fire District’s Fire Prevention Bureau; and enable fire inspectors to identify major safety violations in commercial businesses; and take necessary actions that contribute to a safer community by working to reduce losses due to fire and other emergencies.

What the proposed amendment does not do, according to Wood, is allow fire inspectors to inspect residential homes and allow the collection of any fees in relation to fire inspections.

The Parish Council has scheduled a public hearing Monday, April 27, on the proposed ordinance change.

Wood said anyone who has questions on the matter or who would like information is encouraged to contact the department at (225) 635-4312.