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High School Graduates Can Earn While Learning with New Career-Connecting Public Safety Program

The City of Rochester has launched a new summer program, connecting high school graduates age 17-21 to careers in the Rochester Fire Department (RPD) and the Emergency Communications Department (ECD).

The Career Connect Summer Public Safety Intern Program will provide classroom and hands-on learning opportunities in firefighting and 911 Center operations, as well as life skills, decision making, leadership development, and team building.

At the end of the program, participants will be eligible to take the City of Rochester Civil Service Exam and qualify to enter the RPD Firefighter Trainee Program or to apply for Public Safety Communicator jobs within the ECD.

Applications are being accepted now through June 19, 2023.

The program will run for five weeks, July 17 through August 18. During the program, all participants will receive an hourly wage of $16.26 per hour.

The Emergency Communication Department manages all 911 functions for the City of Rochester Police and Fire Departments, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, local ambulance corps, and various town and village police and fire departments. For more information about the ECD, visit

In addition to preventing and fighting fires, the City of Rochester Fire Department responds to numerous emergencies including vehicle extrication, medical crises, high-level rescue, hazardous materials incidents, structural collapse, swift water rescue, and other dangerous situations. For more information about the many services provided by the RFD, visit

For more information about the program and to apply, visit


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