LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — There are now eight new firefighters ready to serve the Greater Lafayette community. For the first time ever, recruits from Lafayette and West Lafayette trained together.
The new recruits took the oath at a graduation ceremony Thursday night. They include seven from the Lafayette Fire Department and one from the West Lafayette Fire Department.
For the past 16 weeks, they have been training together.
Lafayette Chief Richard Doyle said the two departments are constantly helping each other on calls and with equipment. Therefore, training together just made sense.
"The only thing that separates us is a river and we need each other in big events, so the best thing we could do is start combining our recruit schools and bringing those two groups of firefighters together," said Doyle.
While these firefighters will start their shifts within the next few days, a new class of recruits will start the training process in April.