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BRFD Live-In Program Seeks Applicants
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By BRFD News
July 16, 2023

Bedford Road fire department is currently seeking trained Firefighters or EMTs to join our live in program. The program, which started in 2006 has had many members put in time through the program and have used the training and experience to follow a career path in Fire & EMS. Over the last 17 years, BRFD live-in program has had 9 live-in members successfully receive job offers & are currently employed in the DC & Balitmore metro areas.

About the program - Our program which originated as a college live-in program has since transitioned into a school or work program. The school program requires students to attend a certain number of credits a semester and must obtain a certain GPA. This program does not require students to have training up front to apply, but fire or EMS training must be completed within the first semester. The work program requires members to work a certain number of hours per week, previous certification in fire or EMS is a prerequisite for this program choice.

The live-in lounge - The live-in area, which is situated in the whole second floor of the fire station has 4 private 10x10 bedrooms, a full bathroom, kitchen / dining area & a living room. The space comes with Wi-Fi, and TV. All bedrooms, kitchen & bathroom recently underwent renovations in the spring of 2023. The station also has an in-station alerting system & jump screens.

Calls & Apparatus - BRFD runs approximately 500 - 600 calls a year varying in Fire, Rescue, EMS & Special Operations. The station houses a brush truck, ALS Chase, Ladder truck, Engine Tanker & a Walk-in Rescue Squad (soon to be replaced with a new walk in). The department averages 25-30 working fires a year, & the primary special operations disciplines are collapse & trench rescue including the eastside hazmat squad.

Comments from previous live-in members!

"Being a member of a volunteer fire/rescue organization is a noble pursuit, but being a station live-in is rewarding in ways i didn't know possible. As a live-in at Bedford Rd I experienced the fire service from a different perspective, and I supported the station by contributing to community events, public safety demonstrations, and apparatus maintenance all while saving on the cost of rent. After that experience, I chose to remain in the fire service, and now as a career firefighter, I look at how my experience shaped my career. I reflect on my time spent at Station 3 as a time where I was truly able to be a part of a community service family."
- Adam Carrier
Richmond Fire Department, VA

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