Established in 2008, the Claymont Fire Company Live-In program takes pride in being a successful stepping stone for building successful career firefighters, business owners and technicians of various fields. In exchange for free-living accommodations, the company requires that members perform station duties, attend trainings/meetings, and respond to emergency calls. Live-ins are able to be a resident and receive mail at the station.
48 HOURS OF STAFFING PER WEEK
18 YEARS OF AGE
FULL-TIME STUDENT OR EMPLOYED
POSSESSION OF A DIPLOMA OR GED
- COMMERCIAL RANGE & OVEN
- 2 FRIDGES AND A FREEZER
- ALL UTENSILS, POTS, PANS, CUTTING BOARDS
- MICROWAVE & AIR FRIER
- BENCH PRESS
- TRAINING BENCHES
- DUMBELL SET
- STATIONARY BIKE
- 12 RECLINERS
- 74" FLATSCREEN 4K TV
- GAMING SYSTEMS
- DINING ROOM TABLE
- POOL TABLE
- 4 SHOWERS
- 8 BATHROOMS/SINKS
- PRIVATE LOCKERS
GRILL & CAR WASH AREA
ASST. CHIEF BUDD
Hometown: Accomack, VA
CJ has been a live-in since 2019 and currently holds the position of Assistant Chief. Chief Budd started his career in the fire service in 2006 in Accomack County Virginia. In 2008, he joined a nearby company in New Castle County and served as an Assistant Chief there until joining Claymont in 2019. Chief Budd has been a live-in since 2019 and has also held the position of Captain and Engineer in the past. He currently has a career at the State of Delaware Department of Transportation and works in highway operations and safety. Prior to his career with the State of Delaware, he owned and directed a Commercial Landscape Company for 8 years. Chief Budd continues to advance the goals of the Chief’s Office with progression in mind.
CAPT. THOMAS MORGAN
Hometown: Aston, PA
Thomas started his fire career in 2001 as a junior firefighter for green ridge fire company in his hometown of Aston Township, PA. Tom joined the Claymont Fire Company in 2014 and was a live-in for 4 years before starting a career as a train conductor in Virginia. In 2019, Tom returned to the live in program and gained the rank of Captain. Tom is currently the Tower captain and is in charge of training the probationary members of the Claymont Fire Company.
In 2006 Thomas was awarded the Christopher Kansas Junior Firefighter of the year award.
In 2007 Thomas was awarded a heroism award for his actions at the park valley lane double mayday.
In 2008 Thomas was awarded the medal of heroism for his efforts in the rescue of lieutenant Nicholas Picozzi.
In 2018 Thomas was the Delaware state firefighter of the year and awarded the bronze medal of valor for his heroic action at the DuPont highway fire.
In 2021 Thomas was awarded the medal of honor for his heroic actions at a residential fire on Carr road.
CAPT. CODY MATHEWS
Hometown: Claymont, DE
Cody has been a member since 2016 and currently holds a position as captain. Early on, he obtained his FF1 and all necessary USAR certifications- including nationally recognized classes and structural collapse specialist. Cody is also a member of DE Task Force 1. Since joining, he has always been a live-in and has recently started a career at DuPont in product manufacturing.
Hometown: Claymont, DE
Kyle has been a member for 5 years, coming from a family of firefighters that have been members for over 20 years. After obtaining his FF1 and EMT, he joied the live-in program after attending the University of Delaware for business administration. He currently works in sales for a medical supply company and Chief Mobile.
Hometown: Flanders, NJ
Nick started his fire service career in 2013 in Flanders, NJ where he obtained FF1, Haz-Mat and EMT certifications. Nick graduated from the University of Akron with a B.S. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security and joined the live-in program in 2019 with the goal of gaining experience and furthering his career. Since then, he has taken a lead role in the recruitment and media team, joined Delaware Task Force 1, and has obtained ICS 400. Nick owns a business in emergency services pre-planning and has developed pre-plans for every high-hazard structure in the jurisdiction.
Hurst Green Cross Award (2017)
Firefighter of the Year (2020)
Top 10 Responders (2020)
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Kevin started his fire service career in 2017 in Ashburn, VA before attending Eastern Kentucky University and volunteering in Kirksville, KY. Kevin moved into the live-in program in 2020 and has since taken a lead in recruitment and currently serves as the Live-In Coordinator. He currently is a career FF/EMT in Concordville, PA and works in New Castle County as a part-time FF/EMT. He is also currently working towards his bachelor's degree in Emergency & Disaster Management with American Public University.
Hometown: Claymont, DE
Kofi, a local to the Claymont area, joined at the age of 16 and is the youngest live-in in the program at 19 years old. Kofi has completed his FF1 and is working to obtain his EMT certification while working in operations in DE State Parks.
Hometown: Wildwood, NJ
Nick was born and raised in a fire service family, starting his fire service career in North Wildwood, NJ at the age of 15. After joining Claymont, Nick completed FF1, FF2, Haz-Mat Ops and his EMT and is on track to become a career firefighter in the coming years. Nick currently works as a part-time FF/EMT in New Jersey.
Hometown: New Brunswick, NJ
Dan started his fire service career with East Brunswick Fire District #1 in 2018 where he obtained his Firefighter 1 with the Monmouth County Fire Academy the following year. Dan joined the Claymont Fire Company with the goal of progressing his career in emergency services. He currently works in Public Safety Communications for the Rutgers University Police Department.
Hometown: Unionville, PA
Josh is currently a full time student at Delaware County Community College majoring in Emergency Management. He is also a machine gun squad leader for Echo Company 2/25 Marine Corps Reserve and is on the path to becoming a career firefighter at Fairfax Virginia. Josh graduated from Chester County Fire Academy in 2020 where he still volunteers at Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Ryan started his fire service career in 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA where he worked as a Firefighter/EMT at United States Steel for a decade. Ryan currently attends pre-nursing classes at Allegheny and Delaware County Community Colleges and is on track to be enrolled in a 2023 nursing program. After moving into the live-in program, he obtained a career as a Firefighter/EMT in Media, Pennsylvania.
Hometown: Media, PA
Jeremy, the newest live-in to join the program, started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in Delaware County, Pennsylvania at Middletown Fire Company. Jeremy is attending Widener University and Delaware County Community College for civil engineering, and works at Lighthouse Engineers while attending college.