Orland Fire Protection Foundation Starts Scholarship Program for Aspiring Firefighters, EMTs

Photo from Orland Website

Photo from Orland Website

Orland Park Patch:

“The Orland Fire Protection District¹s Foundation will launch a scholarship program that will provide four scholarships each year to encourage young people to pursue careers in firefighting and emergency medical services.

Patricia Brucki, who serves as a Foundation trustee, said that the scholarship funds will come from the Foundation¹s annual fundraising efforts which cover a variety of projects including the popular Community CARE program, the kids fire and life safety camp and Knox boxes.

The next fundraiser is scheduled for May 15 at 94 West Steak & Seafood Restaurant, from 6 pm until 8:30 pm.

“We want to encourage and help young people to look at firefighting as a career option and we think the scholarships will help give them the base to get started,” Brucki explained.

“So many people come up and ask about pursuing firefighting and EMS as a career and we think there is nothing more noble than dedicating your life to helping those in need.”

Brucki said the OFPD Foundation will offer four scholarships for $1,000 each beginning next year. Two scholarships will go to the public and two will go to children of firefighters to encourage a family tradition in public emergency service.

“We are still working out all of the details but we hope to be able to present the scholarships next year,” Brucki said.

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