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Governor Announces Training Stipend Program For Volunteer Firefighters


Governor Kathy Hochul yesterday afternoon announced the state’s first training stipend for volunteer firefighters. Funds of $10 million will now go to offset the costs of training courses that volunteer firefighters are required to do so.

“Volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line to protect those in their communities, and it is time that we recognize and compensate them for the work that they have done,” Governor Hochul said. “These stipends will allow our firefighters to continue serving their communities while also being able to provide for their families.”

The stipends for volunteer firefighter training course includes: Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations for $750, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus / Interior Firefighting Operations for $1,250, and Fire Officer 1 for $1,000.

In a release, the Governor’s Office says a local fire training stipend may be also authorized for the completion of any OFPC training course or equivalents, as determined by the OFPC in an amount up to $500.

For fire departments to be eligible, they must have submitted fire reporting for the previous calendar year and have completed the annual fire department demographics form.

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