Fire cadets show off skills hours before graduation

30 men, women make up 2016 class

SAN ANTONIO – Thirty San Antonio Fire Department cadets will soon join the ranks of some of the Alamo City's finest.

"I've always wanted to help people. When people are running away I want to go in. That’s why I choose to go the fire department," cadet Diana Cantu said.

The San Antonio Fire departments 2016 Alpha class will graduate Friday after months of intense training.

"I can't believe it is over. Day one seemed like the longest day of my life," cadet Sara Dyke said.

The soon-to-be graduates held a family night on Thursday and demonstrated their firefighting as loved ones looked on.

"Whenever we do the drills with live fire, it is always fun and exciting," John Bailey said.

Among the cadets are five women. SAFD said it hadn't seen a number that high since the early 1990s.

"It's great to see so many of us wanting to get out there and do it. I think it shows the community that it's not just a man's job anymore," Dyke said.

The Alpha class will walk the stage Friday. Many will start as probationary firefighters as early as Saturday.

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