Become a Volunteer


There are many ways to volunteer with the Brighton Fire Department – whether on-scene, behind-the-scenes, or in the community – we can use your help! 

• Traditional Volunteer Membership (ages 18-65+) - Learn more below, or Fill out our volunteer form.
• BFD Explorer Program (High School students 14-18)
Brighton Fire Department Live-In Bunker Program (College students 18+)

View our volunteer mini-movie highlighting the important role volunteers from all walks of life in our community play on our team.

A Tradition of 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.



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”



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.

Volunteer Open Recruitment Session

A brief introduction to the opportunities available at the Brighton Fire Department is offered the third Monday in January, March, June, and October.

starts at 7:00pm
BFD Station One
3100 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
30 minute presentation, 30 minute tour, and a 30 minute Q&A
Meet other volunteers, too! No RSVP required.

Download our Volunteer brochure!


  • Firefighting

  • Non-Firefighting On-Scene Support

  • Administrative Support

  • Community Education & Outreach


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. In support of our hard-working volunteers, some of our valued community partners offer discounts and benefits to our members, such as low- to no-cost membership at the JCC.

FASNY Help Tuition Reimbursement Program

Learn about other volunteer opportunities:
• BFD Explorers Program (High School students 14-18)
• Brighton Fire Department Live-In Bunker Program (College students 18+)