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Harford launches student loan repayment program for fire and EMS volunteers

Harford County will offer up to $5,000 a year to help volunteer fire and EMS workers pay their student loans, the county announced Monday.

The program is meant to attract and retain more volunteer emergency workers upon which Harford County relies for firefighting and emergency medical services. The county boasts 12 such volunteer companies; some volunteers are paid, some are not, according to a news statement from the county administration. But finding and keeping those volunteers is a challenge.

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“The program, known as Harford’s NEXT GEN Responder, is believed to be the first of its kind in Maryland,” the statement reads.

Anybody who works with one of the area’s volunteer fire or ambulance companies is eligible, provided they have earned 50 points in the Length of Service Award Program every 12 months beginning from Oct. 1, the release states. The program defrays the cost of student loans for four years — making $20,000 the maximum any volunteer can earn.

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Payments will be made directly to the loan’s issuer, and applications are available online now.

“In addition to working paid jobs or school, our volunteer fire and EMS providers have to meet increasingly rigorous training standards at the same time they’re volunteering countless hours to save lives in our community,” County Executive Barry Glassman said in the statement. “As it gets more difficult each year to attract younger volunteers, we hope this program will strengthen our fire and EMS service and show Harford County’s support for these local heroes.”

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