The Suffolk Educational Program for Retention in the Voluntary Emergency Service (“SERVES”)

As an incentive for individuals to serve at County volunteer fire departments and EMS agencies, the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services (“FRES”), has developed the Suffolk Educational program for Retention in the Volunteer Emergency Services (“SERVES”). This program will provide tuition reimbursement to student-volunteers for their service in Suffolk County for, up to one hundred twenty (120) credit hours, attained at a New York State Education Department approved college or university within Suffolk County. SERVES Student-Volunteers enrolled as Full-time students are eligible for tuition reimbursement based on a sliding scale of grades.

For application information, please visit To download the current SERVES guide, visit:

Please send all questions to:
Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services
PO Box 127
Yaphank, New York 11980-0127
Attn: Michael Fink
Phone: (631) 852-5264
Fax: (631) 852-4922

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