AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Fire Department donated $70,000 of equipment to the LBJ Fire Academy Friday.
The items have either reached their expiration date or were retired by the fire department. All the products are still good for training purposes, just not active incidents.
“They get to see what the job is like. They get to become certified,” said Assistant Chief Aaron Woolverton. “And if they don’t come to work for the Austin Fire Department, they could also go to work for other jurisdictions around the city of Austin and the state of Texas.”
The donations include 45 clothing items, made up of bunker jackets, pants and boots. There were also 69 NXG7 Air Packs.
The LBJ Fire Academy first began in 2006. The two-year program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to take the state certification exam upon graduation to become firefighters and emergency medical technicians. The program was designed to be a pipeline into the Austin Fire Department.