North Syracuse Fire Department

College Bunk In Program




This North Syracuse Fire Department Bunk-In program has been in operation since 1994 and is one of the most demanding programs among students attending local colleges. The "bunk in" housing program was originally designed for students who live outside Onondaga County and were enrolled in the Onondaga Community College Fire Protection Technology program. North Syracuse Fire Department has recently expanded its program. Any college student who is a current member of a Volunteer Fire Department in New York State and is attending one the local colleges in Onondaga County or the City of Syracuse qualifies for our Bunk-In program.

The North Syracuse Fire Department Bunk-In program is simple in design. In exchange for free housing at one of our two stations, the students provide staffing for emergency responses, attend weekly training, and perform light maintenance duties. Each station provides areas for the students to study with free access to computers, copy machines, and Wi-Fi. Our facilities offer clean bunk-rooms, bathrooms, showers, full kitchens, laundry machines and much more. Every student becomes an associate member of the North Syracuse Volunteer Fireman's Association which offers additional benefits including full access to our 24 hours a day fitness center.   

Since the inception of the “bunk-in” program, the North Syracuse Fire Department has proudly provided housing for many college students who’ve gone onto successfully secure careers with many different emergency service agencies. We take pride in the success of this program and look forward to working with students in the future. If you are interested in learning more about the North Syracuse Fire Department College Bunk-In program please send an email




2021 Bunk-ins


Hunter Buyesse - Keene, NY

Home Fire Department -   Keene Valley FD 



Information for Prospective Bunk-Ins


For more informationon the Bunk-In program contact:
The North Syracuse Fire Department's Chiefs Office
(315) 458-1920

Or Email the Recruitment Officer at:


The North Syracuse Fire Department is in the northern section of Onondaga County. The department operates out of 2 stations. Both the main station (station 1) and the bunk-in station (station 2) are approximately 20 minutes from the OCC campus. Bunk-ins will be provided a bed and a locker.  Station 2 facilities include a bunkroom, kitchen, lounge, showers, men's and women's restrooms, and a study area with a computer workstation. Parking is available for personal vehicles. Cable television and wireless internet access is also provided at the station.



1. Enter into a written contract with the North Syracuse Fire Department stipulating duties and responsibilities.

2. Maintain grounds, living area, and facilities at the station that the bunk-in is assigned to.

3. Bunk-ins will be expected to respond to all emergency alarms when in quarters, unless it is 60 minutes or less before class or employment.

4. Maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA at Onondaga Community College.

5. Attend a specified amount (minimal) of fire and emergency training as required by New York State, or the North Syracuse Fire Department.

6. Attend weekly training sessions.


NSFD Bunk-In's 

Eric Hart  Cortlandville FD
Eric Coniglairo Frankfort FD
Matthew Palumbo Frankfort FD
Lucas Hart Cortlandville FD
Mike Biviano Cortlandville FD
Benjamin Keller East Herkimer FD
Christopher Colvin Wampsville FD
Richard Simpson Golden's Bridge FD
Dennis Harrigan  East Herkimer FD
Dean Lenhart Vernon Center FD
Steven Martin  Frankfort FD
Steven Raymond Vernon Center FD
Kevin Oatman  Verona FD
Dakota Lynch  East Herkimer FD
Nicholas Wilson Sammonsville FD
Garrett Hauf Floyd FD
Ian Hall  Keene Valley FD
Matthew Cargill  Endwell FD
Matthew Swartz Trumansburg FD
Brandon Manheim Trumansburg FD
Dan Melie  Clinton FD
Vincent DeFrank  Carthage FD
Jordan Ennis  Moravia FD
Brandon VanTreese Alfred Station FD  
Austin Sculley  Whitney Point FD 
Ryan Hintz Bloomington FD 
Yakheem Ramsay Ulster Hose Company #5
Cale Engle  Clinton Fire Department 
Samual Waldron  Minetto Fire Corporation 
Levis Peres Fort Montgomery FD
Hunter Buyesse Keene Valley FD