First and ONLY Female African American Firefighter for 25 years.......
The City of Austin’s first and only Female
African American Firefighter retired in 2006. Fire
Specialist Betty Swint joined the Austin Fire
Department in 1979 and retired from the Austin Fire
Department after 26 years of service. With the exception
of a brief staffing transfer, it’s been mentioned
that Lt. Swint worked at the same east Austin fire
station (Station 26 in the Loyola/Decker area) her
FS Swint was recently received a proclamation from
City Council members. She was also acknowledged by
the Austin Firefighter Museum. FS Swint’s turnout
gear from the Austin Fire Department will be proudly
displayed in the Austin Firefighter Museum.
FS Swint continues to
contribute to the city of Austin as a mentor to the
LBJ Fire Academy.
For a detailed interview between FS Swint and Austin
American Statesman’s reporter Clair Osborne
FS Betty Swint's Retirement Video