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.
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.
The 14th Annual Central Texas Wildfire Academy is Feb 11-15 in Brownwood, Texas. The event is sponsored by the Texas A&M Forest Service and hosted by the Dam Volunteer Fire Department.
Sign Up By Feb 6th By CLICKING HERE.
Training tuition grants are available through HB2604 and TIFMAS.
The 14th Annual Central Texas Wildfire Academy
February 11 - 15, 2015
Camp Bowie Training Site
5611 FM 45S
Brownwood, TX 76801
All courses are $20/day
This event will provide training to volunteer and agency wildland firefighters. The Central Texas Wildfire Academy is striving to offer a variety of training for all those dedicated to protecting lives and property. The Texas Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academies provide training to wildland firefighters from Texas and through the United States to
meet National Wildfire Coordination Group Standards. The Capital Area Academy, held in Bastrop, Texas during the month of October, and the East Texas Academy, during the month of May in Lufkin, Texas, provide classroom and “hands-on” training to more than 800 students in firefighting, supervisory, and prevention techniques.
Don't miss the Guadalupe County Fall Fire School (Sept. 20-21 and Oct. 4-5) in New Braunfels. The school is being brought to you by TEEX, ESTI, The Guadalupe County Firefighter's Association, & The Texas Forest Service. There are a variety of one-day, two-day and two-weekend classes scheduled so there is something for everyone.
Learn more about the Guadalupe County Fall Fire School events and how to attend by CLICKING HERE.
The Texas Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program is a grant program funded by the Texas State Legislature by HB3667. It provides funding to rural volunteer fire departments for the purchase of Workers’ Compensation and/or Accident & Sickness coverage. For 2013, the reimbursement is up to $105 per firefighter. This program is administered by the Texas Forest Service.
The deadline for submitting your reimbursement forms is August 31st or when the allocated funds are depleted. Don't delay turning in your information.
Click on the forms below to download:
VFIS of Texas NEWS
Here you will find helpful information regarding firefighters, ems responders, and updates in insurance policies.