University of New Haven (Conn.) students are living in the Allingtown Firehouse and when there is a fire or emergency call, they respond. The six students living in the firehouse and the more than 25 UNH students who are volunteer firefighters supplement West Haven’s existing personnel.
The six living in the firehouse pay a yearly fee for housing, which goes to the Allingtown Volunteer Fire Association in order to purchase gear and maintain equipment used by the volunteer firefighters. Students live like career firefighters with a bunkroom, dayroom and kitchen. Since there are only five paid firefighters per shift in Allingtown, students can make a real difference during an emergency.