Helping potential firefighters find ways to fund their educations makes the career more affordable to everyone and brings in better trained candidates for positions, the Wapakoneta fire chief says.
“You have to approach fire fighting now like you would approach any other profession,” Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. “You have to invest money in education if you’re getting into the fire service today. Any assistance with that is always helpful.” The Firefighter Higher Education Incentive Act of 2007 sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Mansfield, would help federal, state, city and county fire districts recruit highly educated firefighters by forgiving student loans taken out under the federal Perkins Loan program.
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