2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant
For the 5th consecutive year, VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are sponsoring a need-based Health & Wellness Grant program for fire departments and non-profit EMS organizations in Texas. VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual have donated $180,000 towards this grant which was presented at the annual SFFMA Annual Conference and Convention in San Marcos in June.
Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded based on financial need and are intended to encourage participation in a health & wellness program 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 in order to receive the grant funds.
** Grant deadline is December 31, 2017 **
Congratulations to Caleb White of the Three Rivers Volunteer Fire Department in Three Rivers, TX. You've won a Fitbit Charge HR as part of our #FitFebruary giveaway! Your prize will be mailed to you shortly. Thanks to everyone who participated as we had an overwhelming amount of entries. You can learn more about FitBit at www.fitbit.com & please keep fitness in mind in your daily duties at your department!
Mark Lamplugh (4th generation firefighter and former Captain with the Lower Chichester Fire Company) has posted an informative article on the prevalent issue of lack of physical fitness being a major contributor in many firefighter deaths and how proper prevention methods could go a long way in reducing the number of these deaths.
YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLE HERE.
One prevention method is developing an in-house Health & Wellness Program. VFIS of Texas is actually providing a grant up to $5,000 to select volunteer Texas Fire & EMS Departments to cover costs for equipment or professionals to develop an in-house Health & Wellness Program. The deadline to apply for this grant is December 31, 2014 and you can apply here: http://www.vfistx.com/news/2015-firefighter-safety-wellness-training-grant-application
Additionally, please see further resources concerning Firefighter Health & Wellness here:
VFIS of Texas NEWS
Here you will find helpful information regarding firefighters, ems responders, and updates in insurance policies.