Harlingen CISD to launch a firefighter academy in August

High school students enrolled in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District will soon be able to become firefighters through a new academy.

The HCISD Firefighters Academy will begin in August and will give cadets hands-on experience.

“We want our students to be able to enter the work force possessing skills and abilities that are going to benefit them and their families,” said Director of Career and Technology Education Raul Alvarez.

The two-year course will include over 460 hours of training that will test both mental and physical skill sets.

The academy is an agreement between the school district and the city of Harlingen.

Harlingen High School sophomore Avianna Ayala is one of the 25 cadets who will be joining the inaugural class.

"Mentally, physically and emotionally it just builds you up as a person and I feel like I’m up for that challenge," Ayala said. “I want to do everything that I can and make Harlingen proud and, you know, do my part as a person and as an individual at the firefighter program."

Recently, the Harlingen Fire Department hired Bree Rios as their first female firefighter. Ayala plans to follow in her footsteps.

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