Program teaches young adults about life as a firefighter

(Paul Shelton / KXAN News)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — 33 young people wrapped up a hands-on program Saturday, learning about life as a firefighter.

The group, comprised of men and women 18-24 years old, graduated from the Austin Fire Department’s Pass the Torch program.

Over the course of six months, they came for a day each month to learn about different aspects of the job.

The program gives young adults an inside view so they can decide if firefighting is a career they might pursue.

“The academy is no joke,” Juan Haney said. “Being a firefighter is no joke. Six months of hard work is what you’re going to go through, but in the end it’s well worth it.”

“We had to be here every day early, especially me because I drive from Dallas just to be here every day because it’s such a great opportunity,” said Jacob Baumann, a Pass the Torch graduate.

In June, we showed you when program participants learned what a water rescue is like. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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