VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company Award $45K in Grant Money to Texas Volunteer Fire Departments
AUSTIN, TX – VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently awarded grants of up to $2,500 to 39 volunteer fire departments across Texas. Funds awarded through the Firefighter Safety & Training Grant Program will enable these departments to participate in a certification program and training to support critical workplace safety training.
Fifty-eight volunteer fire departments applied for the grant and the 39 grantees were selected based on their financial needs and the impact the funds would have in their safety and training efforts. VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company partnered with the State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) to manage the application process and select the grant recipients.
“We are very fortunate and thankful to VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual for this grant, which will help us pay our 2014 annual membership dues to SFFMA,” said Jack K. Rymer, Fire Chief of Possum Kingdom West Side VFD. “This is a very important association that greatly benefits volunteer fire departments such as ours by providing certified training courses and other training programs to make our department safer and more professional. Like many volunteer fire departments, our department is short on resources and this grant money goes a long way in helping us meet our budget.”
In addition to Possum Kingdom West Side VFD, the following volunteer fire departments were awarded grants: Bowman Community VFD, Boyd Fire Rescue, China Spring VFD, City of San Diego FD, Clint FD, Cookville VFD, Cottonwood Shores VFD, Crafton VFD, Cresson VFD, Daingerfield FD, Indian Creek VFD, Jamaica Beach VFD, Kaufman VFD, LaRue-New York VFD, Levita FD, Lone Star VFD, Mico VFD, Nevada VFD, Paducah VFD, Pleasant Grove VFD, Rising Star VFD, Rocksprings/Edwards County VFD, Sand Hills VFD, Santa Rosa VFD, Santo Fire and EMS, Six Mile Community VFD, Somervell County Fire, South Ector County VFD, Sunset VFD, Terrell VFD, Tolar VFD, Trout Creek VFD, Turnersville VFD, Village of Pleak VFD, Wayland VFD, Westminster VFD, Whitney VFD and Windthorst VFD.
Grantees will be recognized at the SFFMA Conference June 6-11, 2014 in Lubbock, Texas.
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are proud to sponsor a need-based grant program for fire departments in Texas. Grants will be awarded to reimburse departments for the cost of certification dues/fees and/or travel expense to attend training which is recognized and/or leads toward a certification. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded based on financial need and are intended to encourage all departments to participate in certification programs and training which will prevent firefighter deaths and injuries. Departments will need to apply for the grant, expend the funds and then send in copies of receipts or proof of training attendance in order to receive the grant funds. The deadline to submit your Firefighter Safety & Training Grant Application is December 31, 2013.
Who is eligible:
Part I (Certification Dues) – Departments whose members are not currently participating in a certification program.
Part II (Travel Expenses) – Any department attending training that is recognized or leading to a certification.
What is eligible:
Part I – SFFMA Individual dues allowing for participation in the certification program and tracking of training objectives toward firefighter certification or TCFP certification fees.
Part II - Reimbursement for travel expenses (up to $150 per day per person) for training that leads toward or is required by a certification program (travel to/from, meals/tips, hotel/dorm).
How it works:
Departments can apply for Part I, Part II or Both.
Departments should apply for assistance first (completed grant application and W9).
Applications will be reviewed and notice will be sent to those awarded a grant.
Departments will then be responsible for sending in paid certification dues receipts or paid travel receipts and course completion certificates for each student attending the requested training program in order to receive reimbursement
How to Apply:
CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE FIREFIGHTER SAFETY & TRAINING GRANT APPLICATION FORM.
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
The deadline to submit your application is December 31, 2013.