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IFA Live In Program

In 2006, the Indiana Fire Association created the first firefighter Live-In program in Indiana County.


The program is designed for firefighters to utilize the station as their full-time residence, allowing for a quick and professional fire department response. In exchange for free living accommodations, the live-in members are responsible for responding to emergency calls, performing station duties, and participating in training.

The program can accommodate six live-ins participants, each with a private room with adequate storage for personal belongings. The station has full home amenities including a full kitchen and pantry, social room, four unisex bathrooms, a washer and dryer, internet access and gym/fitness room.


The Indiana Fire Association is only a short commute to several area post-secondary schools including the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Westmoreland County Community College.

The IFA Live-In Program appeals to students that may have an interest in pursuing a career as a professional firefighter while others may seek the experience of living in a firehouse while attending college and pursuing their chosen professional careers.

Our past live-in members have come from all over the state and beyond!  Several have obtained employment with a verity of professional agencies and leading departments throughout America which have included:


·       Altoona Fire Department

·       Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue

·       Harrisburg Bureau of Fire

·       Virginia Beach Fire Department

·       City of Fairfax Fire Department

·       Chester County Fire Department


Other live-ins have found careers as safety consultants, railroad engineers, registered nurses, as police officers, 911 dispatchers, correctional officers, paramedics and beyond. Many are still firefighters, several are now in command roles as Chiefs, Captains, and Lieutenants.  The IFA couldn’t be prouder of the professional accomplishments of our current and past members!

Top requirement for being a live-in – join the Indiana Fire Association!  We would love to have you! 


·       Become a member in good standing

·       Be a full-time student or have part time work

·       Commit to minimum availability/staffing needs

·       Remain in compliance of all SOGs and policies

·       Train and participate in Association activities

Please feel free to contact us at 724-465-2400 to learn more about the program!

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