Are you Interested In Joining the
College Live-In/Bunker Program
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR
BFD College Firefighter 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. Our program will allow you to enhance and build your firefighting skills, participate as an interior firefighter while you are away from home at school, gain experience working with both career and volunteer firefighters all while attending college rent free.
If this interests you the Brighton Fire Department will host an informational meeting for student firefighters interested in joining our live-in program for the 2022 -2023 academic year.
The informational session will be held at Brighton Fire Station One (3100 East Avenue, Rochester) in May of each year on a to-be-scheduled Saturday morning. However, it’s never too early to reserve a spot or express interest.
Applicants should contact [email protected] in advance for information on the program and program requirements. Or send us your contact info via our inquiry form.
Please be sure to study our website to learn more about our volunteer opportunities and entire organization.
Where they are today...
Many of our Bunkers have gone on to pursue successful careers in departments such as:
Brighton Fire Department
Ridge Road Fire District
Fishers Fire Department
Batavia Fire Department
Rochester Fire Department
Rochester Airport Fire Department
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Rochester Police Department
Richmond, Va, Police Department
A. All bunkers must be Firefighter 1 certified by August of the starting school year. If you
can’t meet the deadline, it may be possible to start the spring semester or participate in
our Squad program.
A. Several of our past bunkers have gone on to great careers in the fire service, including
the Brighton Fire Department, FDNY, Ridge Road FD, and Greater Rochester Intl
We can’t guarantee a job, but we do offer you the opportunity to work alongside a career
staff and gain valuable real-life experience which could benefit you.
A. No, this is not required but it is preferred since 40 percent of our calls are EMS related.
A. All equipment not issued by the Brighton Fire Department must be approved, so yes, it is
A. Yes, we offer a non live-in opportunity which requires less hours of scheduled
participation and provides a guaranteed spot in the bunkhouse should a spot become
Available. You would go through the same application process as a live-in.