College Live-In/Bunker Program

Are you Interested In Joining the

College Live-In/Bunker Program


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.


Our Bunker Program is a proven, quality program having successfully hosted many firefighters since 2006.

Some benefits include:

In addition to the features of the program, all Live-In Bunker participants can:

Where they are today...

Many of our Bunkers have gone on to pursue successful careers in departments such as:
  • Brighton Fire Department

  • FDNY

  • 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


“The bunker program was instrumental to me starting my career. I included it on every resume for every fire department position I applied for. Having the experience of working in a combination department like Brighton prepared me for my career with one of the largest combination departments in the country. Being a member of the Brighton Fire Department bunker program was one of the best decisions I ever made and would strongly recommend it to anybody who is looking to gain experience with a great department ”

CHRIS KENNEY (2012-2014)


“Being apart of the bunk program was a great experience for me. During my two years i learned a great amount, on the fire ground and in the firehouse. The firehouse etiquette was one of the best things i learned. Being a part of the guys and feeling welcomed, along with knowing the guys trusted me and the other bunkers made for a great experience. ”

AKE BEMENT (2010-2012)


“The Bunker program at the Brighton Fire Department is a great way to continue to engage yourself as a firefighter while attending college. This program provides students with the opportunity to volunteer 24 hours a week in exchange for room and board at a off campus house. If your looking to pursue a career as a firefighter this program will certainly help you develop the knowledge and experience you need”




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.