Grant To Fund Firefighting Staff

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – The Lafayette Fire Department will receive a federal $1.67 million grant that could pay for 20 new firefighters over a two-year period.

Fire Chief Robert Benoit tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/RvQ3V8 ) the money comes as the city has been searching for a funding source to staff two new fire stations that Benoit argues are needed to serve the growing city.

In addition, nine vacant positions within the department have gone unfilled because of budget constraints.

Benoit said no final decision has been made on specifics of how the grant-funded positions will fit into the department's staffing plan.

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