Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation
The purpose of the Ohio Fire and Emergency Services Foundation is to promote professional development and provide education and training for fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency management and other areas of public safety for Ohio's fire, emergency medical service and emergency response officers and members. As such, the Foundation offers the following scholarship opportunities:
Dominion Foundation OFE Scholarships
These scholarships are available through the generous donation of The Dominion Foundation and must be applied to the Ohio Fire Executive Program. Each scholarship is worth $1,600 per session. (There are two sessions each of the first two years of the OFE program and one session the final year.) Scholarships will be based upon leadership abilities, financial need and academic capabilities. A limited number of scholarships are available to be awarded.
Fire Behavior Class and Mobile Fire Behavior Lab
This program is available free of charge to fire departments in the Dominion Service area in 2013 thanks to a grant from the Dominion Foundation to our foundation, the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation. For a complete list of qualifying counties click the following link: Dominion Gas Foundation Service Area Counties
The Mobile Fire Behavior Lab is a well-established program that has trained thousands of firefighters in the dangers of "flashover". Flashover occurs when a room becomes so intensely hot, it bursts into flames, making escape virtually impossible for firefighters and any occupants trapped inside.
The Mobile Lab creates pre-flashover conditions. Instructors can demonstrate different phases of a fire, from inception to flashover. In addition, they can teach firefighters how to recognize and prevent flashover within a safely controlled environment.
Along with its instructors, the Mobile Lab travels across the state of Ohio conducting demonstrations and training. The Ohio Fire Academy is committed to providing the most realistic training in a safe manner to the fire service of Ohio. Education and training are essential in ensuring the safety of firefighters.
Contact Erica Schortgen at (email@example.com) or 800-347-3704 at the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association to see if your department is eligible and register for this excellent training opportunity.
Fire Officer I & II Program Scholarships
These newly established scholarships are available through the generous donation of The Dominion Foundation and must be applied to the Fire Officer I or Fire Officer II Program. These scholarships are worth up to $800 and are based upon financial need. A limited number of scholarships are available.
NOTE: To apply for these scholarships, please attach a short paragraph to your Fire Officer I or Fire Officer II Application explaining the circumstances surrounding your need for financial assistance. These scholarships will be awarded throughout the year in conjunction with the Fire Officer Programs offered around the state.
Ohio Fire Executive (OFE) Alumni Association Scholarship
The Ohio Fire Executive Alumni Association, under the guidance of the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation, supports the Ohio Fire Executive Program and its graduates. As such, the OFE Alumni Association funds a scholarship to a student in financial need pursuing certification as an Ohio Fire Executive. Total award is $1,500, payable in $300 increments a session over the 2.5 year program. Future award payments are contingent upon the student’s continued academic good-standing in the OFE program. Use this scholarship application to apply: OFE Alumni Association Scholarship Application
Southwest Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Scholarship
A scholarship of $1,000 and will be awarded to a member or employee of a Fire Department in the Southwest District. This scholarship is based upon financial need and may be utilized for any program provided by the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation (e.g. Ohio Fire Executive, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Maxwell, etc.) or for tuition to a college or university for the pursuit of a degree in Fire Science or Administration. Priority for the award will be made for applications for Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation programs. One scholarship is available to be awarded.
This scholarship was created by Mr. Joseph Stewart with VFIS of Ohio to honor and assist current participants of the Ohio Fire Executive Program. This scholarship is worth $1,500 and will be based upon leadership abilities, financial need and academic capabilities.
OFE Interest-Free Student Loans
These interest-free student loans are available through the generous donation of The Dominion Foundation and must be applied to the Ohio Fire Executive Program. Each interest-free student loan is worth $1,600 per session. (There are two sessions each of the first two years of the OFE program and one session the final year.) Interest-free student loans will be based upon leadership abilities, financial need and academic capabilities.
Awardees will be required to sign a Pledge of Repayment and to repay the loan within one year of graduation. (Payments may also be made during the life of the loan.) A limited number of interest-free student loans are available to be awarded.
Ohio EMS Grant Program
Do you want to send a member of your fire department to the Ohio Fire Executive program but need help to pay for it? The Ohio EMS grant program has funds that may be used for OFE tuition. To apply, click on: EMS Grant Funds