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Brick’s Volunteer Firefighters, EMTs and Their Families Will Qualify for Tuition Credit

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Equipment owned by the Laurelton Fire Company in Brick. (Photo: Laurelton Fire Company)
Equipment owned by the Laurelton Fire Company in Brick. (Photo: Laurelton Fire Company)

The Brick Township council has adopted a measure that will allow for the township’s volunteer firefighters and EMTs, as well as their spouses and children, to qualify for tuition credits at a number of institutions.

The resolution, passed unanimously by the council last week, takes advantage of a 1998 state law that provides for $600 per year in tuition credit at county colleges and county technical schools. The law authorizes as much as $2,400 in credit over a four-year period. The credit does not involve money changing hands – the township is not paying the tuition. Those who qualify simply have the fees deducted from their tuition bills.

“The intent and purpose of the program is to recognize the service that’s performed by our volunteer personnel as a valuable asset in our community,” said Mayor John Ducey. “We wanted to give something back.”

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The program is open to volunteers who commit for at least four years and have been in good standing over the past 12 months.


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  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    If there was a way I would make it so their kids could go to any college in the nation for free. Quite a few of my classmates in Brick High joined the different Brick fire departments and 40+ years later, they are still volunteers. I’ve seen them leave their kids birthday parties or didn’t go on a planned day trip with their kids because a fire broke out, I have seen them race out of their homes in horrific weather at three in the morning to cut a drunk out of his/her car. Then there’s the hours of schooling and practicing at the Ocean County fire school down by Manahawkin and the small training course in Brick, all non paid, using their own gas and tolls to get down there. If it wasn’t for them, volunteering their time, money and energy, who would put out the fires?

  • Glenn

    Why did it take 17 years to adopt this measure?

  • #@#.com

    When are fire elections going to get moved to the general election day? The only people who vote for the fire officials and the multi million dollar budgets are the fire fighters themselves and their friends and relatives.

  • #@#.com

    Volunteer fire fighters and EMT’s are the pillars of the community. They are true “public servants” unlike the self lauding politicians who claim to be serving the public, but only really serve themselves.
    I believe that volunteer firefighters already receive small pension credits and other small benefits and freebies. Such as use of fire house banquet halls and kitchens, parties, picnics, food, and some get official cars and trucks for personal use.
    Keep up the good work volunteer fire fighters. Thank You