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With volunteer numbers down, local fire departments turn to bunker programs

It’s a time when fire departments across the area struggle to recruit volunteers for their team.

That means they have to find new and innovative ways to reach out to people in the community who may be the right fit for their department.

For years now, the Brighton Fire Department has turned to using its College Bunker Program.



The idea is to recruit college students to work for the department in exchange for free housing. The idea isn’t new, but it has yielded results in the past as departments try to get fully staffed.

“These firefighters come to us already trained with some level of experience,” says Chief Aaron Hiller of the Brighton Fire Department.

Paid firefighters and volunteers both make up its roster.

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