Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2023 Emergency Responder Health and Wellness Grant sponsored by VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual!
We had an overwhelming response with 173 applications requesting over $800,000. We sincerely appreciate all emergency responders that applied for this grant and wish we could fill every request. We encourage everyone to re-apply in the fall for next year’s grant.
We officially celebrated Barbara and Glenn's official last day of work today.
As we enter 2023, we are excited (yet sad) to share that two of our leaders, Barbara Marzean and Glenn Hastings, have chosen to retire after more than 90 years (collectively) in the insurance industry. They have led this agency through many changes, challenges and success and they will both definitely be missed. We wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives that will involve travel, relaxation and lots of time with their families.
WinStar will continue to operate with the same staff under the new leadership of President Stephanie Dew. Steph has been with the agency since 2010 and was previously the VP of Sales. We are confident that WinStar will continue to grow and flourish for many years to come.
Thank you again for putting your trust in WinStar Insurance Group. That will never be taken for granted. Wishing you and your families a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
VFIS is proud to announce that now all VFIS A&S policy holders will have access to their Member Family Assistance Program (MFAP). The MFAP is designed to support the health and wellness of first responder volunteers, employees and their workplace. Included services help enable responders to resolve personal and work-related issues to maintain productivity, health and wellness. See the program's details below.
2023 Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program (HB 3667) - The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program (HB 3667) is a grant program designed to reimburse eligible volunteer fire departments for the purchase of insurance from private insurance companies. Eligible coverage includes any combination of compensation insurance for firefighters (workers’ compensation, accidental death and dismemberment, group term life, accident and sickness, and/or cancer-related insurance) purchased from Texas insurance companies. The program will reimburse 100% of the actual cost of eligible insurance coverage up to a maximum of $190 per fire department member.
Recognized, non-profit volunteer fire departments operated by its members are eligible. Any part-paid/part-volunteer department is also eligible, provided the number of paid members is 20 or less. Departments may enter into agreements with cities or counties in order to qualify for coverage and/or special premiums.
All eligible departments must participate in a firefighter certification program administered under Section 419.071 of the Texas Government Code (Texas Commission on Fire Protection), or by the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas (SFFMA), or by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).
TO APPLY, PLEASE COMPLETE AND SUBMIT BEFORE JULY 31, 2023:
1) Rural Volunteer Fire Department Application for Grant Assistance (Form TFS-FO-408)
2) Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (IRS Form W-9)
3) 2023 Roster of active insured fire department members.
4) Copy of a Payroll Classification Schedule Page 1 and 2, or a copy of the current paid insurance policy which provides insurance coverage during the calendar year 2022, or payment receipt for a workers’ compensation, accidental death and dismemberment, group term life, accident and sickness, or cancer-related insurance policy.
• The policy or payment documents must show the policy number, the cost or premium amount and the coverage period.
• All required reimbursement documents must accompany the 2023 grant application form.
• Applications, either complete or incomplete, arriving after July 31, 2023 are not eligible for reimbursement.
• Only ONE application per department will be reimbursed for the enrollment period of November 2022 thru July 2023.
All forms can be found at texasfd.com/RuralVFDInsuranceProgram or by contacting the Capacity Building Department.
SUBMIT VIA FAX, EMAIL OR MAIL FAX TO:
Texas A&M Forest Service
200 Technology Way, Suite 1162
College Station, Texas 77845-3424
You or your loved ones may feel worried, afraid, lonely, angry, or have PTSD. It’s important to take care of your mental health to cope with the changes ahead. We want you to know we’re here for you during this challenging time and have a solution to assist your employees with this ever-increasing challenge.
To obtain a quote for an Employee Assistance Program, email Tom Newby for more information.
Under 50 Members: $2,500 per Department per Year
50 - 130 Members: $3,500 per Department per Year
130+ Members: Request a Quote
To learn more about this program please watch the video below.
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