Free college tuition for volunteer firefighters.

volunteer firefighter benefitsVolunteer firefighters are a special group of people that protect us and our property. Even though they are on call 24 hours every day they never seem to get the recognition they deserve. Maybe because these men and women are just always there we forget what would happen if they were not. Take these fire related statistics into consideration:

1. Most of the career firefighters (74%) are in communities that protect 25,000 or more people.

2. Most of the
volunteer firefighters (94%) are in departments that protect fewer than 25,000 people
More than half are located in small, rural departments protecting fewer than 2,500 people.

3. In 2008, a total of 104 firefighters were fatally injured while on duty.
Of these, 42 were career firefighters, 54 were
volunteer firefighters, and 8 were no-municipal.

The 2009 U.S. fire statistics

A fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds.
One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.
One home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds
One civilian fire injury was reported every 31 minutes.
One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 55 minutes.
One outside fire was reported every 49 seconds.
One vehicle fire was reported every 146 seconds.
Source: NFPA

Volunteer firefighters are just that. Volunteers. That means there is no pay for them. In fact there are relatively few perks to these volunteer positions. That is why it is nice to hear about a program that will pay for their college tuition in full in exchange for their volunteer firefighting service.

The Community College of Allegheny county offers an incredible free tuition incentive. A full scholarship can be awarded to those who serve as a volunteer firefighter for five years. One of the requirements for the tuition waiver is that the volunteer firefighter maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. Get the FireVEST scholarship program brochure here.

college tuition volunteer fire fighterFrom the CCAC website:
PITTSBURGH—Residents of Allegheny County can receive full scholarships to the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) by committing to serve with a volunteer fire department for the next five years. The registration deadline for the spring term is Nov. 15.

A partnership between CCAC and Allegheny County, the FireVEST program provides scholarships to residents of Allegheny County who are either current volunteers or who join a volunteer fire department in Allegheny County. Applicants must apply and be accepted to CCAC; file for federal and state financial aid; and complete the financial aid process on time and in its entirety.

Applications for the FireVEST program are available on CCAC’s web site at (search keyword “FireVEST”) or by contacting the Allegheny County Fire Academy at 412-931-3158, ext. 5.

If awarded a scholarship, the recipient must meet the following obligations:

* Serve as a volunteer firefighter for five years in Allegheny County;
* Maintain an acceptable level of service as monitored by his or her fire volunteer fire department;
* Complete two required courses at the Allegheny County Fire Academy and a course in first aid and CPR;
* Obtain Firefighter I Certification through the Allegheny County Fire Academy;
* Maintain a minimum semester grade point average of 2.0 for the duration of his or her studies; and
* Repay a portion of the scholarship if service or academic requirements are not met.

The FireVEST Advisory Board will review all applications and other forms to assess scholarship eligibility and to determine scholarship recipients. Being accepted into membership of the sponsoring agency (Volunteer fire company) and/or being accepted for enrollment at CCAC does not guarantee the student will be awarded a scholarship under the FireVEST program, nor does it guarantee acceptance into limited-enrollment CCAC programs. Instead, the recruitment needs of the sponsoring agencies are the first priority when selecting scholarship recipients.

More information can be found about this program online.

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