Tu­ition re­turn for URI fire­fight­ers

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

SOUTH KINGSTOWN (AP) — A Rhode Is­land fire de­part­ment is us­ing grant money to help at­tract col­lege stu­dents to be­come vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers.

The all-vol­un­teer Kingston Fire De­part­ment is us­ing $200,000 in fed­eral grant money to of­fer tu­ition re­im­burse­ment for Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Is­land stu­dents who vol­un­teer as fire­fight­ers.

WJAR-TV re­ports that once a stu­dent is ac­cepted and has be­come a fire­fighter, they can earn up to $5,000 a year in tu­ition re­im­burse­ment.

Fire Chief Nate Barrington says stu­dents can even choose to live in the fire­house for fur­ther sav­ings. Barrington es­ti­mates it could be worth up to $10,000 in rent or on-cam­pus hous­ing costs.

URI grad­u­ate stu­dent Rachel Gomes says she wanted to vol­un­teer in her com­mu­nity, and it’s great that vol­un­teers get some­thing in re­turn.

Kingston is a vil­lage of South Kingstown.

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