The Austin Fire Department says the number of vacancies within the department is at an all-time high.

Friday, 26 cadets graduated from the Austin Fire Academy, but there are still about 130 vacancies within AFD.

Firefighters have been clocking a lot of extra hours to make up for the vacancies, some even working 48-hour shifts. 

"We have to keep those trucks rolling," Chief Aaron Woolverton said.

 So why all the extra openings?

"One we were under a consent decree with the Department of Justice where we were somewhat restricted in the number of people we could hire," Aaron Woolverton said. "Also, every month we have about four or five more people who retire"

To continue to try and fill the spots, the fire department is now hiring for the 2017 season, but on Monday they'll stop accepting applications.

"Definitely get interested," firefighter Erik Coronado said. "Come down to the fire stations and get to know the community. For me, it's always about helping people."

There are a few requirements for becoming an Austin firefighter. Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 36 and either 15 hours of college credit or two years in the military.

To learn more about the process, click here.