POSTED: Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 9:04am
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — Good news for the Lafayette Fire Department as well as the citizens they protect. The department received a $200,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
The money from the grant will enhance their Hazmat team with advanced technologies to assist their efforts in safely mitigating hazard material incidents while protecting the public.
"We're very excited, as you can tell, and we're able to purchase some great equipment that's going to actually help us protect citizens and keep the firefighters safe as well while we're responding to Hazmat incidents," says Alton Trahan, Public Information Officer for Lafayette Fire Department.
The new equipment will be able to test, identify, and confirm the unknown hazardous material in the field. It will also allow for first responders to monitor the air quality assuring the safety of nearby residents and businesses.