The Austin Fire Department sets the standard among public service agencies, serving the community through innovation and collaboration, while honoring tradition and embracing inclusion, equity, and diversity for all.
The Austin Fire Department (AFD) understands that Black, Indigenous, and other People Of Color (BIPOC) have historically been underrepresented in the Department due to structural and systemic racism. This discrimination is not reflective of the direction the Department is going nor a true representation of the Austin community. AFD is committed to centering people of color to ensure there is equitable access to opportunities within AFD, and to create an environment where everyone feels empowered to be their full, authentic selves. To advance equitable outcomes for the community, AFD will lead with a lens of racial equity and healing to ensure hard-to-reach and directly impacted communities receive the resources they need. Race is the primary predictor of life outcomes and we must address racism at its various levels to ensure Austin is a racially equitable city where everyone has a sustainable quality of life.
At Austin Fire, we often talk about the members of our department who wear two uniforms—one as a firefighter and the other as a veteran. It is our honor and privilege to support them (and their families) while they are in service to our country, and we’ve won awards from the Department of Defense for our efforts in doing so.