Great news! The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program was retained and continued by the 84th Texas Legislature. Beginning Sept. 1, 2015, the annual grant budget for the program increases to $24.3 million (previously $12.8 million).
Texas A&M Forest Service will implement the following changes to the Rural VFD Assistance Program (HB 2604) effective Sept. 1, 2015:
Cost-share assistance for Training Tuition has increased. The new reimbursement rate is 100 percent of the actual cost of tuition not to exceed $125 per day up to a maximum of $625 per trainee per school. The ANNUAL MAXIMUM for Training Tuition grant assistance per department is $12,500.
A new program element identified as Training Aids has been created. The new program element absorbs the former training library and training equipment program elements, but also provides a pathway for acquiring rescue mannequins, smoke machines, practice fire shelters, equipment simulation devices, computers (one per award) and other items to enhance training experiences. Cost-share assistance for the Training Aids program element is set at 100 percent of the actual cost not to exceed $8,000. Grant recipients are encouraged to share training resources locally/regionally to benefit the greatest number of trainees. All outstanding requests for training libraries will be transferred to the Training Aids category.
DoD FIREFIGHTER PROPERTY PROGRAM (FFP) — SLIP-ON UNITS
As a pilot project, a new program element has been established to aid departments in the conversion of certain Department of Defense Firefighter Property. Departments that receive a 2.5-ton cargo, 5-ton cargo or a tractor style DoD FFP truck on or after Sept. 1, 2015 may be eligible for a slip-on unit grant to assist in converting the truck into a fire apparatus. The FFP Slip-On Unit program element reimbursement rate is set at 100 percent of the actual cost not to exceed $20,000 in grant assistance (with or without CAFS). Receiving fire departments are responsible for other conversion costs required to bring the unit into service, which will serve as the department’s in-kind contribution.
To apply, please submit:
Application for Fire Department Assistance – Federal Property (Form TFS-FO-450)
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Form W-9)
o Required only for those applicants requesting a slip-on unit.
To learn more about the DoD FFP, visit texasfd.com/FirefighterPropertyProgram.
Cost-share assistance for slip-on units has increased. The new reimbursement rate is 90 percent of the actual cost not to exceed $20,000 in grant assistance. For CAFS equipped slip-on units, the maximum grant assistance per unit is $38,000.
Cost-share assistance for the Dry Hydrant program element has increased. The new reimbursement rate is 100 percent of the actual cost of components not to exceed $1,200 per installation with a maximum of $8,400 in grant assistance.
2016 Emergency Responder Safety, Training & Wellness Grant - VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are pleased to again sponsor a need-based grant program for fire departments and non-profit EMS organizations in Texas. Grants will be awarded to reimburse departments for 1) 2016 individual member certification dues/fees, 2) Incident Safety Officer, Leadership or Driver/Operator course expenses and 3) Health/Wellness Programs. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded based on financial need and are intended to encourage all departments to participate in certification, training and health/wellness programs to prevent emergency responder deaths and injuries. Departments will need to apply for the grant, expend the funds and then send in copies of receipts and proof of training attendance in order to receive the grant funds. Grant deadline is December 31, 2015.
Who is eligible:
•All-volunteer or mostly-volunteer fire departments and non-profit EMS organizations that serve apopulation of 100,000 or less and are legally organized in Texas.
What is eligible:
• Part I – 2016 annual individual certification dues for SFFMA (NOT department dues) or TCFPcertification fees for departments that ARE NOT currently participating in a certification program
• Part II – Student course materials and travel expenses (up to $150 per day per person) for IncidentSafety Officer, Leadership or Driver/Operator training during calendar year 2016 (travel expensesinclude travel to/from, meals/tips, hotel/dorm)
• Part III – Cost for equipment or professionals to develop an in-house Health & Wellness Program
How it works:
•Departments can apply for Part I, Part II, and/or Part III.
•Departments should apply for assistance first (completed grant application and W-9) by 12/31/15
•Applications will be reviewed and notice will be sent to those awarded a grant by 1/31/16
•Departments will then be responsible for sending in paid receipts and course completioncertificates for each student attending the requested training programs in order to receivereimbursement
How to Apply:
SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM USING ANY OF THREE METHODS BELOW.
VFIS of Texas
3420 Executive Center Dr, #301
Austin, TX 78731
Fax to: 512-448-9929
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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