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. 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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