Jun 12, 2014 22:42 WBR council sets funds for parishwide fire department WBR council sets funds for parishwide fire department West Baton Rouge adopts $1.4 million half-year budget SAM IRWIN| Special to The Advocate June 12, 2014 Comments PORT ALLEN — The West Baton Rouge Parish Council on Thursday adopted a $1.4 million half-year budget for the newly consolidated parishwide fire department. The budget, which takes effect July 1, sets aside $422,000 in salaries for 19 firefighters and $50,000 for overtime contingencies, said parish Financial Officer Phillip Bourgoyne. “This is the first budget for a parishwide fire department so I didn’t really have very much data to go on to base a projected overtime amount,” Bourgoyne said. Earlier this year, the council merged the six municipal fire departments into one parishwide entity. The next largest line item in the budget, $165,313, is the employer’s contribution to the firefighters’ retirement fund.