$1.7 million is coming to the Lafayette Fire Department courtesy of FEMA.

FEMA Preparedness Grants totaling more than $7.5 million are being sent to fire departments in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Lafayette. Officials say the fire departments will use the funding to boost hiring efforts for firefighters, helping them increase the number of trained, front line firefighters available in their communities.

“These grants are crucial for communities, especially for the fire departments,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “The funding helps ensure that there are enough first responders to protect lives and property.”