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.
Special Announcement: Rural VFD Assistance Program (HB 2604)
The TEEX 86th Annual Municipal Fire School, set for July 19 - 24, 2015 at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field. Texas Texas A&M Forest Service has announced the available use of HB 2604 to cover the training costs associated with this Fire School.
Who is eligible…
Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) 2nd Annual Symposium
The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) was created to provide for the systematic mobilization, deployment, organization and management of Texas local fire related resources in order to provide assistance in mitigating the effects of emergencies and disasters throughout Texas when requested. The 2nd Annual TIFMAS Symposium is set for June 18th & 19th at the San Antonio Courtyard by Marriott Seaworld Westover Hills.
The symposium is designed to give the fire departments across Texas a better understanding of TIFMAS and its many working parts as resources are called upon to serve the State of Texas. There will be new tools unveiled to help improve responses, discussions and case studies about incidents and the lessons learned, time to meet the Branch coordinators and so much more. The symposium is 2 full days of training and sharing information. Once again, due to the great support by local and state sponsors, the symposium is FREE, but registration is still required.*
To Learn More & Register.....CLICK HERE.
The Texas A&M Forest Service has made changes in regards to HB 2604 & TIFMAS Grant Assistance Programs for FY 2015. To see all the changes to each Rural VFD Assistance Grant, click the links below:
HB 2604 Changes for FY 2015
TIFMAS Changes for FY 2015
To learn more about HB 2604, CLICK HERE.
To learn more about TIFMAS, CLICK HERE.