10 new firefighters have joined the Lafayette Fire Department

Photo by KADN staff

Today's graduation possible because of SAFER grant from the federal government

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 3:25pm

Lafayette Fire Department was awarded a $1.67 million grant through the US Department of Homeland Security, SAFER grant.  The federally-funded program was created to improve or restore local fire departments staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively respond to emergencies.  Because of this help, ten recruits graduated today to join the Lafayette fire department.

"The SAFER grant is very important especially to the city of Lafayette because we know that a lot of citizens around the nation are strapped for cash.  Without this grant we would not have been able to hire these firefighters," says Chief Robert Benoit, chief of Lafayette fire department.

Congressman Charles Boustany was very instrumental in the department receiving this grant, and was the guest speaker for the graduation.  These graduates will start serving the Lafayette community starting tomorrow.

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