Fire departments in North Country and around the state are in 'critical need' of more volunteer members
Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 8:45 am

The state Firemen’s Association has developed a “Higher Education Learning Plan,” or HELP, to provide tuition reimbursement for up to 80 credit hours at a community college.

The state’s volunteer fire departments are experiencing a critical need to recruit more members. The plan was created to serve as an incentive for people to join a local fire department.

Under the plan student-volunteers are eligible to have up to 100 percent of their tuition reimbursed in exchange for maintaining good grades and fulfilling service requirements.

Students must be a “member in good standing” in one of the state’s volunteer fire companies during their school years and service payback period.

The Department of Homeland Security provided funding for the program.

For more information contact HELP@fasny.com.