VFIS of Texas & TEXAS MUTUAL INSURANCE CO. Distribute $228K in Grants to Texas First Responders
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently awarded $228,000 in grants to 90 emergency responder organizations across Texas. Funds awarded through the 2017 Emergency Responder Safety, Training & Wellness Grant Program will reimburse these organizations for 2017 individual member certification dues, as well as health and wellness programs, and travel costs to attend training.
Grants of up to $5,000 have been awarded based on financial need and are intended to encourage all departments to participate in certification, training and health/wellness programs to prevent emergency responder deaths and injuries.
This is the fourth consecutive year of this grant program sponsored by VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company. Since 2014, close to $500,000 has been distributed to emergency service organizations across the state of Texas. This program has been recognized nationwide among the insurance industry and emergency service community (Insurance Journal).
Alabama Coushatta Indian Nation VFD
Apple Springs VFD
Ata Bexar VFD
Beasley Community VFD
Ben Bolt VFD
Black Jack VFD
Blackjack VFD of Robertson Co
Bowman Community VFD
Brazos Co Precinct 4 VFD
Cash Fire Dept
Castroville Vol Fire Company
Cat Spring VFD
Central Community VFD
Chapel Hill VFD
Chisholm Trail Fire Rescue
City of San Diego FD
Coryell City-Osage VFD
Cottonwood Shores VFD
Cove Fire & Rescue
Davis Mountains Prop Owners VFD
Edwards Co EMS
Elm Mott Fire Rescue
Grand Saline VFD
Hughes Springs VFD
Indian Creek VFD
Iowa Park VFD
Jefferson Co Water District #10 VFD
Justin Community VFD
La Junta VFD
Lakeside City VFD
Morgans Point VFD
Ore City VFD
Plum Grove VFD
Possum Kingdom Westside VFD
Prairie Hill Rocky Hill VFD
Prairie View Vol FF Assn
Preston Vol EMS
Rusk Co Rescue Unit
Silver Creek VFD
South Ector Co VFD
South Polk Co VFD
Southside Henderson Co VFD
Southwest Bell Co VFD
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company Award $150k in Grants to Texas Emergency Responders
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently awarded grants of up to $5,000 to 71 emergency responder organizations across Texas. Funds awarded through the 2016 Emergency Responder Safety, Training & Wellness Grant Program totaled more than $150,000 and will enable these organizations to participate in a certification program, attend critical workplace safety training, and implement training/wellness programs to prevent on-duty deaths and injuries.
Over $600,000 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.
“Cardiac events are the leading cause of death among firefighters,” said Martin Ritchey, President of Mid-County Volunteer Fire Department. “Our department wants to be an example for our region in stressing the importance of fitness. We presently lack funds to provide the necessary equipment to achieve our fitness goals. Your grant dollars will be used along with our funds and “sweat equity” to build out a training space at our station #2. Without your funding we could not afford to acquire the equipment necessary for this important task."
Each recipient submitted an application outlining a specific need or project the grant would fund. This is the third consecutive year Texas Mutual and VFIS of Texas have awarded these grants to emergency responders across the state.
“These grants directly impact our emergency responders by improving their safety and wellness, better preparing them to serve our communities,” Barbara Marzean, President of VFIS of Texas, said. “The more we can do to support safety, training and wellness for these emergency service organizations, the more we can reduce and prevent emergency responder injuries and deaths.”
Grantees will be recognized at the SFFMA Annual Conference June 25-29, 2016 in McAllen, Texas.
See a full list of 2016 Emergency Responder Safety, Training & Wellness grant recipients below:
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Award $144k in Grant Money to Texas Volunteer Fire Departments
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.
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