Deadline for HELP is Feb. 1

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I – Corning) reminds members of volunteer fire departments and members of the community about an opportunity to receive tuition reimbursement through the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY).  

The Higher Education Learning Plan (FASNY HELP) is an incentive for people to serve in New York’s volunteer fire service. This program will provide tuition reimbursement to student-volunteers. The deadline to apply for the spring semester is Feb. 1.

“The HELP program from the Firemen’s Association is the perfect opportunity for individuals to engage in community service and pay for their continuing education,” said Palmesano, adding, “Volunteer firefighters are in high demand all across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region, and this program could help meet this demand, while providing individuals with the opportunity to give back to their community and obtain a quality education.”

Community college students can receive up to 100 percent tuition reimbursement for up to 80 credit hours while serving as volunteer firefighters and maintaining their grades.  The goal is to help retain and recruit volunteers to fill a shortage that has occurred over the years.

To apply, candidates must first complete their local fire department’s volunteer membership process and the Volunteer Fire Department Commitment form to be eligible to join the program.

For information on the program and how to apply isit:, email: HELP@; Attn: John D’Alessandro, Deputy Volunteer Programs Coordinator or call 855-367-6933.