Pass the Torch participants discover what it’s like to be a firefighter

Participants in the Pass the Torch program assist in a water rescue exercise.
Participants in the Pass the Torch program assist in a water rescue exercise.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — How hard is it to be a firefighter? On Saturday, the Austin Fire Department held a water rescue exercise for the participants in their Pass the Torch program.

The program is designed to give individuals (ages 18-24) a glimpse into the life of a firefighter and to help them decide if the career is a right fit for them.

In the water rescue exercise, a car is submerged in water and the crews have to get the victims out.

“A lot of them end up taking our entrance exam because they’re very excited about it,” said Lt. Greg Pope with AFD.

AFD has 33 participants in this season’s program.

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