AUSTIN, TX – VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently awarded grants of up to $5,000 to 86 volunteer fire departments across Texas. Funds awarded through the Firefighter Safety, Training & Wellness Grant Program totaled more than $144,000 and will enable these departments to participate in a certification program, attend critical workplace safety training, and/or set up training/wellness programs to prevent firefighter deaths and injuries.
Over $300,000 in grant requests were received. 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.
“This award will serve as valuable funding that will enable us to better serve our community,” said Dennis Bailey, Lieutenant & Training Coordinator of Sunset Volunteer Fire Department. “This grant, I can assure you, will allow our members to actively pursue formal certification that will develop them into safer firefighters. Thanks again for your contribution to making our community safer."
To see a full list of 2015 Safety, Training & Wellness recipients, CLICK HERE.
Grantees will be recognized at the SFFMA Conference June 12-17, 2015 in Galveston, Texas.
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:
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