The Lafayette Fire Department hired fifteen new firefighters making up their 106th Recruit Fire Academy.
The recruits were chosen to fill the vacant positions within the department due to retirements and resignations. They will participate in a 16- week academy consisting of academic and practical learning of firefighting, EMS, vehicle extrication, technical rope rescue, hazmat, and more.
"We thank you all for choosing this noble profession in the public safety arena and encourage you to be the best public servant for our community. But, you must also understand that this job is very demanding and dangerous. Safety is paramount for you and the citizens you serve. Good luck," said Fire Chief Robert Benoit.
The 106th recruit academy is expected to end the first week of November with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, November 4.