The Brighton Fire Department Explorer Post 513 offers life experience, community service scholarship opportunities and more for boys and girls ages 14-18. This is our Junior Firefighter Program and is operated in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America by our own firefighters.
Explorers are issued turnout gear, and receive training alongside our firefighters. They are able to particpate in firefighting training session, and in support roles at emergency scenes. This is a great opportunity for young adults who have family members presently or previously in the emergency services to get involved, or, for young adults who may desire a career in emergency services to see if firefighting and public safety may be a good fit for them.
All Explorers are supervised by New York State Certified Firefighters who meet all necessary criteria and background checks. Explorers are not placed in situations either in training or real life that will threaten their health and well being. Safety is our highest priority.
Caring. Conscientious. Service. These are the words used to describe the proud volunteer and career members of the Brighton Fire Department. Since 1925, our team has provided the highest value fire-rescue service to our property and home owners by "combining" the benefits of 90 volunteer firefighters with the benefits of 30+ career firefighters. We proudly serve our community by providing both emergency and non-emergency services. BFD depends heavily upon volunteers to serve in firefighting and scene-support roles to not only mitigate emergency situations, but to keep fire property taxes reasonable.
The Brighton Fire Department, as we know it today, was founded in 1925, and provides fire, rescue, and first-response EMS services, as well as safety education, within the Brighton Fire District. The Brighton Fire District covers approximately ⅔ of the Town of Brighton and a small portion of the northwestern portion of the Town of Pittsford. Our district is located in the suburbs of Rochester, New York within Monroe County.
Though our district appears very residential, there is a substantial amount of commercial, office, senior-care, higher-education, and medical facilities, as well as highways. Since 1925, our staffing model has been a combination of career and volunteer personnel. Today, BFD employs career firefighters, officers, and several administrative assistants to supplement its force of approximately 90 volunteers who together train for and respond to approximately 2400 calls annually including Firefighting, Rescue, first-response EMS, Hazardous Materials, and Water Rescue.