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Pass The Torch Program

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Submission deadline is January 15, 2018

The Pass the Torch Academy consists of nine various Saturday sessions. The program provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the fire service and emergency medical services response in a safe, controlled, and educational environment. Participants are able to engage in activities that include vehicle extrication, swift water rescue, emergency medical procedures, and fire extinguisher training. The program is designed to give individuals a glimpse into the cadet academy and a first-hand feel for life in the fire service. 

Under the guidance of experienced AFD firefighters, you will be able to participate in a variety of activities including but not limited to:

Requirements for Eligibility

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 35;
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background investigation; and
  • Must be able to provide a current passing physical.

Why participate?

Not only will you get to take home a CD full of pictures and videos of your experience, as well as some brag-worthy certificates and trophies, but you will also take with you:

  • Amazing memories of this once-in-a-lifetime experience;
  • A more realistic understanding of firefighting;
  • A network of firefighters to help answer your questions;
  • A network of peers that you can study with during our next hiring process;
  • A sense of whether firefighting is a right career choice for you;
  • Experience handling a charged fire hose;
  • Participation in physical training similar to what is used during an AFD cadet academy;
  • Practice with vehicle extrication tools;
  • Use high-tech fire and medical equipment;
  • Climb ladders, and perform search and rescue techniques;
  • Wear the gear and participate in simulated fire scenes; and
  • Learn about fire science from trained instructors.

What sort of commitment will you be making?

There will be approximately two Saturday sessions per month.  Participants are expected to be in attendance from 7:00am to 5:00pm. 

Guidelines for participation

  • Must go on two station ride outs
  • Commit to at least eight of nine sessions;
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Complete 6 community service; and
  • Willing to participate in physical activity.

Physical expectations

Pass the Torch applicants can expect a certain amount of physical activity during the academy.  Examples of physical activities and the expected numbers include but are not limited to:

  • 36 pushups;
  • 2 minutes of plank;
  • 10 pull ups;
  • 30 burpees;
  • 50 air squats;
  • Stair climb equivalent to nine stories with a bundle (approximately 35 lbs.);
  • Run 1.5 miles in less than 12 minutes; and
  • Run three miles in 30 minutes.

Applicants for the Pass the Torch Academy should feel comfortable with this level of physical activity, but should not be discouraged from applying if they feel they are not able to meet those numbers.  No applicant will be excluded from this program based on their perceived fitness level.

Session Dates

If selected, you will be required to attend 8 out of 9 sessions in order to graduate.

Please note:  These dates are subject to change.

  • Application Open - November 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline - January 15, 2018
  • Application Interviews – February 03, 2018
  • Session 1 - February 17, 2018
  • Session 2 - March 3, 2018
  • Session 3 - March 24, 2018
  • Session 4 - April 7, 2018
  • Session 5 - April 21, 2018
  • Session 6 - May 12, 2018
  • Session 7 - May 26, 2018
  • Session 8 - June 16, 2018
  • Session 9 - June 30, 2018
  • Graduation - July 14, 2018

For more information

Contact Melanie Liner at 512-974-9084 or melanie.liner@austintexas.gov

If you will be submitting a paper application via postal service, please download the application in the following Downloads section and follow the instructions on the application.