Why Join & Benefits

Making a difference in your community is its own reward, but joining our team can also give you access to some exciting benefits as well.

Explorers Program

The Brighton Fire Department Explorer Post 513 offers life experience, community service scholarship opportunities and more for boys and girls ages 14-18.

College Live-In/Bunker Program

Are you a firefighter and a student attending college in the Rochester area? If so then the Brighton Fire Department has a Live-In/Bunker Program that you may be interested in.

Volunteer Open Recruitment Information Session

A brief introduction to the opportunities available at the Brighton Fire Department is offered the third Monday in January [1/22/24],  April [4/29/24], and October [10/21/24]. 

Next Meeting January 22, 2024

At 7:00 pm
Brighton Fire Department – Station One
3100 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610

Traditional Service

Since 1925, Brighton Fire Department has provided the highest value fire-rescue service to our property and home owners by “combining” the benefits of 95 volunteer firefighters with the benefits of  30 career firefighters.

To continue providing that high level of service our community expects, our model depends upon residents and homeowners like you to get involved.

Two Ways to Volunteer

The Brighton Fire Department is proud to offer two different attendance models for its members. These models account for individuals wishing to contribute but residing out of the district or those with daily commitments that limit call response:

A Rewarding Experience

Being a volunteer firefighter with the Brighton Fire Department is a truly rewarding experience. Not only are you dedicating your time to those in need, but the relationships you will build with the other members and families will last you a lifetime.

  • Give back to the community in a most unique way

  • Excitement your day job doesn’t offer

  • Help neighbors and strangers alike in their time of need

  • Sense of pride from being part of an elite team

  • Organized social events for volunteers and their families

  • Leadership and management opportunities

  • Learn new skills and make close friends

  • Be in a profession you never thought of “back then”

Volunteers Needed For:


Non-Firefighting On-Scene Support

Administrative Support

Community Education & Outreach

A Diverse Membership

Our volunteers are diverse in age, backgrounds, and occupations.  Attorneys, Business-Owners, Stay-at-home parents, Accountants, Engineers, Retirees, Teachers, Sales Professionals and Pastors have all been part of our team. Men and women of all ages are encouraged to volunteer!

  • District residency not required

  • Flexible options for busy families and professionals

  • Choice of firefighting and non-firefighting roles for new members ages 18-55+

The majority of our members join without any previous experience. Our training programs are designed to educate our new members as well as provide ongoing skill development to our existing members.

Truth in Advertising

At all of our calls — no matter how routine they may be to us — we are are making a difference in people’s lives. But, it wouldn’t be fair to let you think that all we do is fight big fires and rescue babies. Fortunately, there are not many times when we are called to incidents of that severity. The majority of what we do is much less intense. But no matter how “routine” the majority of our work may be to us — we know that it isn’t routine for those who have called us. We happen to think our brother, NY Volunteer Firefighter Mark Bezos, in his TED Talk, does a great job of telling the story of how even the small things we do make a big difference in the lives of neighbors and strangers alike in their time of need.

Apply Now

Fill out the form to start your process of becoming a volunteer with the Brighton Fire Department.
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