VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company Award More Than $233K in Grants to Texas Emergency Responders
Congratulations to the 2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant Recipients!
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are pleased to announce they have awarded grants of up to $5,000 to 78 emergency responder organizations across Texas. Funds awarded through the 2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant Program totaled more than $233,000 and will enable these organizations to implement or enhance a health and wellness program for their members to prevent on-duty deaths and injuries.
105 applications were received requesting more than $447,000 in grants. VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company partnered with the State Firefighters' & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) to manage the application process and select the grant recipients.
“I believe that with this grant we can get everyone fired up about some physical fitness!!” said Barry Mitchell, Assistant Chief of Kountze Volunteer Department. “Many members have wanted to do this for health reasons and for the comradery it brings. This will benefit several of my firefighters that have some significant health issues. The closest "GYM" is 15 miles away in another city and the "Big Box" gyms, as I call them, are over 25 miles away. So as you can see, going to the gym takes a lot more time and money than most people. This will give a benefit to our members that is wanted and needed.”
Each recipient submitted an application outlining a specific need or project the grant would fund. This is the fifth consecutive year Texas Mutual and VFIS of Texas have awarded these grants to emergency responders across the state.
“These grants directly impact our emergency responders by improving their health and wellness, better preparing them to serve our communities,” Barbara Marzean, President of VFIS of Texas, said. “The more we can do to support these initiatives, the more we can reduce and prevent emergency responder injuries and deaths.”
Grant recipients will be recognized at the SFFMA Annual Conference June 23-27, 2018 in Arlington.
See a full list of 2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness grant recipients below:
The 2019 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant should open for submissions in Fall 2018.
CYBER LIABILITY POLICY & CYBER SECURITY RESOURCES FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Emergency Service Organizations often handle personal information related to residents, businesses and patients, as well as their own employees. More and more often this information is stored electronically. Billing information, social security numbers, health information, human resources, and legal records are examples of electronic files that need to be secure and confidential. Additionally, Email has evolved into a mission critical business function for many organizations and for this reason, it has also become the primary mechanism used by Cyber Criminals to gain access to protected systems.
Utilize the following resources to ensure your department is taking the necessary steps to be protected from Cyber threats:
• Cyber Security Self-Assessment: http://bit.ly/1niFISF
• Help Identify "Phishing" Emails: http://bit.ly/2BRku54
• Data Breach Precautions Risk Communiqué: http://bit.ly/2E66U31
• Email Fishing Precautions Risk Communiqué: http://bit.ly/2DWT9jR
• Cyber Liability Infographic: http://bit.ly/2Ebsyme
Cyber Liability and Privacy Crisis Management coverages are included with your VFIS Management Liability Policy, but the Management Liability Policy is an optional add-on to our standard Package Policy. If you are unsure if you have this coverage or not, please contact our offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 252-9435 to ensure your department is fully protected from Cyber threats. If you are not a client, contact us and we can provide you a Free Quote.
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