A federal grant has allowed Lafayette Parish to hire 20 new firefighters this year but the city will be in charge of funding once the grant money runs out in two years.
The newest class of Lafayette firefighter recruits arrived at the parish fire training center on Monday to fill 20 new vacancies that were created by the one point six million dollar safer grant from the federal government.
It has yet to be decided where funding for the new firefighters will come from after the two years are over. Funding for a new firehouse has already been set aside and plans are awaiting bid.
"Fire Chief Robert Benoit: "Our concern right now is to get through last year's rating from 2012. Sometime this year the rating bureau is going in and looking at everything we did last year so we've made headway in making sure we can get some money. We've gotten money to build fire station number 14 that been budgeted and we have an architect to the plans for us. Hopefully we can get that station up and running."
The new recruits are expected to start in June.