"A Chronological Record" 1897 - Present

According to the most recent published accounts, in 1897 Charles Debaillon, the commissioned census taker in 1900 with the assistance of Judge William Campbell organized the first firefighting group in Lafayette. The membership consisted of twenty-five volunteers. These efforts were greatly assisted by a five-mill tax that was passed one (1) year prior for the development of an electric light system and a water works plant. This group would become known as the “Hobo Volunteer Fire Company” . . . 100 years later the Lafayette Fire Department comprises five divisions with a total personnel roster of about 250 employees.
Currently we have 13 fire stations-twelve responding stations with station #1 housing Administration, Communications and Arson Investigators. We are presently covering 47.49 square miles with a population of approximately 119,966. Growth has come to the Lafayette Fire Department but dedication remains constant.
Mission Statement
To safeguard and reduce the dangers to life, property and the environment through innovative training, code enforcement and prompt dispatch of a qualified fire suppression force.