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NEW15's Ashley Hamilton followed up with how firefighters on their choice to become a firefighter and how the gear has changed since the attack on 9/11.

Posted: Sep 12, 2021 5:00 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2021 9:28 AM

Firefighters are an essential piece in the community of hope and protection. Whenever you need them, they jump to the call to help those in need, and for that, the community is forever thankful.

"this is the best group that i've ever been a part of, and i am proud to be a firefighter.", says Captain Charles Duhon, from the Lafayette Fire Department.

Firefighters are motivated by service, and not reward. a job they are called upon to carry people from fires, pry people from auto accidents, and revive people after heart attacks. Captain Charles Duhon, from the Lafayette Fire Department, always knew that service would be a big part of his life. "I wouldn't change a thing if I had to do it all over again from start to finish. service is just.. I guess it's my middle name, and we're glad to do it."

"the gear is designed to get you as close to the fire as possible without getting you burned."

Fire Chief of the city of Lafayette Fire Department Robert P. Benoit says the gear continues to improve every year, but 9/11 also changed how firefighters process the amount of time they have when entering a burning building. "We've only got so many minutes to make an offensive attack. We are used to going into buildings that are burning but we can extinguish those fires before they collapse, so that we can get in there get people out and try to salvage the building as much as possible."

It takes not only courage but strength to go out and save lives every day. Lafayette residents are very apppreciative of what firefighters in the area do.

"They are really a backbone in every community, city, state", 

"They actually risk their lives on a daily basis. they don't know if they are going to go back to their families are not but they are willing to sacrifice that for us. I think we need to give them more credit than they actually get."

While the 9/11 attack changed firefighting … one thing that never changed was their commitment to service. 

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