Austin firefighters


AFD has had a presence at Bergstrom since cargo operations started in 1998, even before the facility opened for commercial air travel, with the Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue (AFR) station.

The Community Outreach Division consists of the Public Education, Community Relations and Recruiting sections.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Fire Cadet for the Austin Fire Department. You can learn more about us at JoinAFD.

Please visit the Hiring Process Updates page to stay on top of current activities for the 2024 Fire Cadet hiring process.

Cadet starting pay is $21/hour ($43,680, annually). After successful completion of our Academy (approximately 6 months), Probationary Firefighters will earn $55,259, annually. 

The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for the protection of life and property through code enforcement, plans review, fire inspections, and fire cause determination.

Investigators are called to fire scenes by Operations companies or the police department when the cause of a fire is not immediately identifiable or when the fire is determined to be a criminal act.

Operations is AFD’s largest division, comprised of personnel who respond to emergency incidents from fire stations strategically located throughout the city.

Operations support is comprised of multiple divisions maintaining and supporting all processes throughout the department.

Special Operations ensures that AFD’s specialty teams maintain their certification and training levels. It also purchases and maintains materials and equipment.

Support functions include Finance, Purchasing, Computer Technology, Human Resources, Payroll, and Accounts Payable.

The Wildfire division addresses the potential threat of wildfires through public education, fuel (vegetation) management and effective firefighting response.