POSTED: Friday, October 30, 2009 - 11:59am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm
It now pays to be a volunteer fire fighter in Louisiana. A federal grant will help many unpaid first responders go to school for free.
A million dollars in funds will be available to active, certified volunteer fire fighters across the state. The grant offers tuition reimbursement of up to $4,000 a year for 4-year universities
and $2,000 a year for two-year colleges. For small towns like Slaughter, LA that completely rely on volunteers to staff their fire departments, officials say the grant will be a very valuable recruiting tool.
"It’s an incentive to get these younger fire fighters to go back to school and further their education. If it helps them, it definitely helps us," says Captain Kelly Davis with the Slaughter Fire Department.
The state fire marshal says 85% of Louisiana’s firefighters are volunteers. To learn more about becoming a volunteer firefighter in your area click on the link below.