NY college offers volunteer firefighters free tuition

Incentive program for retaining volunteer firefighters includes associate's degree reimbursement


By Denise Jewell Gee
The Buffalo News

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Volunteer firefighters in Erie County could soon have a new incentive to stay with their local fire company: the potential for free tuition toward an associate's degree at Erie Community College.

Officials in Erie County have spent six weeks working out a bureaucratic kink that has kept the county's volunteer firefighters from tapping into a new grant available statewide that lets volunteer firefighters get reimbursed for tuition for a two-year degree.

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