Betty Swint






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 whole career.

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 see the attached pdf.

FS Betty Swint's Retirement Video





















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