Texas Mutual Insurance Company is distributing a company-record $225 million in dividends for 2015 to their eligible policyholders statewide. We are pleased to announce that our VFIS of Texas clients are receiving a total of $872,338.87 in dividends! This dividend, along with the ESO Safety Group dividend, brings total dividends paid to our clients in excess of $1 million this year!!
Congratulations to our clients that have received dividends this year based on your good performance and loyalty to Texas Mutual! For more information on this dividend, CLICK HERE.
We had a great time at the 2015 First Responder and Legislator Appreciation Day breakfast at The Austin Club AND with State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas at the Texas State Capitol for the fish fry and Fallen Firefighters Memorial Expansion unveiling. We're glad so many of you could join us. Enjoy these photos from Wednesday. (Photos courtesy of Susan Heil)
2015 HB 3667 Grant enrollment period now open (Workers' Compensation, Death, and/or Disability coverage)
2015 HB 3667 Grant: Workers' Compensation, Death, and/or Disability coverage - The 77th Texas Legislature (HB3667) created the Rural VFD Insurance Program and is funded by a 2% sales tax on the sale of fireworks. The program provides reimbursement grants for Texas firefighters to obtain workers compensation, death and disability insurance from private insurance companies. Each year more than 400 fire departments and 11,000 firefighters take advantage of the grant offering.
Who is eligible...
Any chartered, non-profit volunteer or part-paid/volunteer fire department is eligible, provided the number of paid members is 20 or less.
All qualified 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).
What is eligible...
Any combination of compensation insurance for firefighters (Workers' Compensation, Death, and/or Disability Insurance) is eligible. The insurance coverage must include a workers' compensation or similar benefit, and a death benefit. Departments may enter into agreements with cities or counties in order to qualify for coverage and/or special premiums.
How much will it pay...
The program will reimburse 100% of the actual cost of eligible insurance coverage, up to a maximum of $112.00 per fire department member covered in the calendar year 2015.
How to apply...
It's easy, simply complete the following forms and submit via fax or mail. Please submit these forms only once during the enrollment period of December 2014 thru August 2015.
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Historical Funding Summaries
2015 Firefighter Safety, Wellness & Training Grant Application - VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are proud to again sponsor a need-based grant program for fire departments in Texas. Grants will be awarded to reimburse departments for 1) Individual member certification dues/fees, 2) Incident Safety Officer or Driver/Operator class expenses, and/or 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 programs and training/wellness programs to prevent firefighter 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, 2014.
Who is eligible:
•All volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%) fire departments that serve a population of 50,000 orless and are legally organized in Texas.
What is eligible:
•Part I – 2015 annual individual certification dues for SFFMA (NOT department dues) or TCFPcertification fees
•Part II – Student course materials and travel expenses (up to $150 per day per person) for IncidentSafety Officer and/or Driver/Operator training during calendar year 2015 (travel expenses includetravel to/from, meals/tips, hotel/dorm)
•Part III – 2015 costs for equipment or professionals to develop an in-house Health & Wellness Program
How it works:
•Departments can apply for Part I, Part II, Part III or all three parts
•Departments should apply for assistance first (completed grant application and W-9) by 12/31/14
•Applications will be reviewed and notice will be sent to those awarded a grant by 1/31/15
•Departments will then be responsible for sending in paid receipts and course completioncertificates for each student attending the requested training program in order to receivereimbursement
How to Apply:
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE APPLICATION
SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM USING ANY OF THREE METHODS BELOW.
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