Young participants graduate from AFD Pass the Torch program

30 participants graduated from the Pass the Torch Academy Saturday morning (KXAN Photo/Justin Hobby)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — About 30 members graduated from Austin Fire Department’s Pass the Torch Academy Saturday morning.

The program, which consists of nine weekend sessions, allows young participants to get a glimpse of the daily duties of a firefighter. By engaging in various hands-on activities during their time at the academy, it allows participants to also see if a fire service career is right for them.

The academy is named in honor of Captain Willie Ray Davis, who was one of the first African-American firefighters in the state.

For more information about the the Pass the Torch Academy, click here.

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