The Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program

Contact: Maria C. Torres, Ph.D.,
Director of Communications and Outreach
mariac.torres@maryland.gov
(410) 767-7589

For Immediate Release

Baltimore, MD -( January 18, 2017)- The Maryland Higher Education Commission is happy to announce that the 2017-2018 Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program application is now available.
The Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program encourages active members of the fire-fighting, ambulance, and rescue organizations serving Maryland communities to pursue credited courses that lead to a degree in fire service technology, emergency medical technology, fire service management, or public safety administration with a minor or concentration in fire service technology or fire service management.
To apply, you will need to create an account within the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS). To create or log into your existing MDCAPS account (if applicable), please visit https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us/MDCAPS/login.aspx. Upon opening the account, click on the “Apply” link to submit your application and view any additional documentation required for consideration of the scholarship.
Please note that for consideration of this scholarship, the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by the state deadline of March 1, 2017. The Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member application and all additional documents required must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance at the Maryland Higher Education Commission no later than April 14, 2017.
For more information on this scholarship program or any other scholarships and grants offered through the state of Maryland, please visit www.mhec.maryland.gov.

LENGTH OF SERVICE AWARDS PROGRAM (LOSAP)

The LOSAP is a county or municipal funded program. At present, 18 counties and two municipalities administer programs. Programs are funded out of the general operating budget, dedicated fire-rescue tax, or an annuity. Since LOSAP is either a county or municipal funded program, service time and points are not transferable from county-to-county.
The committee is furnished the LOSAP’s from the counties and compiles a LOSAP Information Manual. This manual is updated as enhancements are received. It is available on request. Counties use this manual as a guide to start a LOSAP or to enhance present programs.
A one-page summary comparing each of the county’s current LOSAP benefits was prepared. It is a quick reference and is being requested more often than the manual.

INCOME TAX – SUBTRACTION MODIFICATION FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE, RESCUE, OR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL
(TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM [TIP])

The TIP was established by the Maryland Legislative in 1995 that took effect for tax year 1996. It has had several enhancements over the years.

Each company must keep an accurate record of its member’s participation and provide each member a copy of the MSFA-P.2.2 no later than February 15 following the tax year. As soon after February 15, the company must send the county point system coordinator its list of qualifying members, social security numbers, years of service, and number of points. The coordinator will compile an alphabetically list of its county and send it to the committee no later than May 1 following the tax year. The committee compiles the data in the format requested by the Comptroller’s office and submits this information to the MSFA Secretary. It is then submitted to the State before October 1 following the tax year.
The TIP is a statewide program financed by the State; therefore, service time and points are transferable to any county in the state.

WILLS FOR HEROES PROGRAM FACT SHEET

As one of the benefits provided to qualified members of our member companies the Maryland
State Firemen’s Association has implemented a Wills for Heroes Program. The Wills for Heroes Program is intended to provide the opportunity for those who qualify who wish to participate to have the Maryland State Firemen’s Association provide such qualified participant with a free last will and testament.

The Wills for Heroes Program is not intended to be a substitute for an individual’s estate planning as more particularly described on the advice of rights and disclaimer. Attached to this fact sheet you will find a set of documents which include a facsimile the last will and testament, advice of rights and disclaimer, privacy rights notice, information sheet and Wills for Heroes Document for your information. Copies of each of the documents are also available on the Maryland State Firemen’s Association website (msfa.org). (Click Here for Package)

MARYLAND STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION
WILLS FOR HEROES PROGRAM
PRIVACY RIGHTS NOTICE

The Maryland State Firemen’s Association does not maintain records of persons who participate
in the program or the information given to the Maryland State Firemen’s Association representatives regarding participation in the program. All information supplied by an individual participating in the program will be used solely for the purpose of the program. No information will be shared or sold with any other person, firm or corporation. Upon the participating individuals having executed a last will and testament the sole purpose of the program being to provide such last will and testament to a qualified participating individual, all information received from that individual for the purpose of preparing the last will and testament will be returned to the individual and no copies or records will be kept for any reason or any purpose by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.

SAFER GRANT DISCOUNTED MEMBERSHIP TO NVFC

Special Membership Offer

With a special offer for you, available only through the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, you can become a part of the national voice of the volunteer by joining the NVFC at the discounted rate of $7.50 per year. Membership dues are typically $15 per firefighter but MSFA is offering to pay ½ of the membership dues for every MSFA member that joins the NVFC.

How to Join

Want to join online? Visit our Online Store and select Premium Individual Membership. Use the Discount Code MSFA-NVFC to get the special discounted rate.

If more than one person is joining, please complete the NVFC Membership Application and Roster and send to nvfcoffice@nvfc.org, or NVFC, 7852 Walker Drive, Ste. 375, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

Membership Benefits

Premium Individual Member benefits include the following. For a full list, visit www.nvfc.org/BeYourBest.

A $10,000 AD&D double indemnity insurance policy through Provident Agency
Personalized membership card
Access to the members-only portion of the NVFC web site
Access to resources, training, and other materials
Educational discounts to online universities and fire service training sources
Discounts on products and other services, and more!