Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I become a firefighter?
The steps are outlined Here.

2. What type of shift do firefighters work?
They work an average of a fifty-three hour work week. They work a twenty-four hour day then they are off for twenty-four hours, they work a twenty-four hour day then they are off for twenty-four hours, they work a third twenty-four hour day then they are off for four days. We utilize three crews working with this schedule in order to provide twenty-four hour a day protection for our citizens.

3. How can I get a copy of a fire report?
You should call the Office of Records at (337) 291-8709, between the hours of 8am - 5pm Monday through Friday. Please have as much information as possible about the fire when you call (ex. Date, physical address, incident number, etc.) The processing fee for this report is $5.00. For an out of town agency; mail request along with payment to 300 E.Vermillion care of Records.

4. Where is the Fire Prevention Bureau located?
They are located at 1307 Bertrand Dr. The telephone number is (337) 291-8704. Fire Prevention can answer questions about illegal burns, codes and code enforcement.

5. What positions are entry level positions with the Fire Department?
The entry level positions with the Lafayette Fire Department are Firefighter, Communications Officer I, Inspector I, Investigator I, Training Officer I, Stores Clerk, Departmental Records Clerk, or Janitor. These are all considered to be “competitive” positions (according to Civil Service) which mean that it is possible for someone outside of the Lafayette Fire Department to be hired for these positions. However the bulk of the personnel hired by the fire department are in the class of firefighter.

6. Do I need a permit to conduct a public assembly if it is an outdoor event?
Yes, whether it is being held indoors or outdoors, you need a permit. The permit application is available at the Fire Prevention Bureau (address below). It must be filled out and turned into or mailed to the fire prevention bureau at 1307 Bertrand Dr., Lafayette, LA 70506. It must have original signatures on it, NO photocopies.

7. When is a fire-watch officer required?
Fire-watch is required for any events were the expected crowd will exceed 500 attendees or where required by the Fire Official (for special circumstances like pyrotechnics, etc.). Please contact fire prevention with questions specific to your event. You may contact them at (337) 291-8704.