Check Out the New Recruits to the Lafayette Fire Department

Some new recruits were hired by the Lafayette Fire Department to begin their training to become Lafayette firefighters.

It takes someone with a big heart to be willing to run into a burning building or house to save someone else’s life.

Especially in the summer months you have to respect the hard work of firefighters. It must be unnerving to walk into a burning building, and even more so when temperatures in southern Louisiana are in the upper 90s.

Life has changed for so many people in Acadiana in the last few years and because of that there have been fifteen vacancies these young men will fill as part of the 106th class of recruits for the Lafayette Fire Department. As in any other profession, retirements and layoffs have meant that new opportunities have opened up in the department.

These men will undergo thorough training and will graduate in November of this year. The entire academy lasts 16 weeks. Being a firefighter is no small job and outside of the job it is extremely demanding as is the training.

These recruits must master the following categories to make it to the end:

  • academic learning relating to firefighting
  • Practical learning related to firefighting
  • EMS training
  • vehicle exemption
  • Technical rope rescue
  • hazardous substance

Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit addressed the new recruits with the following:

We thank you all for choosing this noble public safety profession and encourage you to be the best officer for our community. But you must also understand that this job is very demanding and dangerous. Security is of the utmost importance to you and the citizens you serve. Check Out the New Recruits to the Lafayette Fire Department

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