VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company Award More Than $233K in Grants to Texas Emergency Responders
Congratulations to the 2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant Recipients!
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are pleased to announce they have awarded grants of up to $5,000 to 78 emergency responder organizations across Texas. Funds awarded through the 2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant Program totaled more than $233,000 and will enable these organizations to implement or enhance a health and wellness program for their members to prevent on-duty deaths and injuries.
105 applications were received requesting more than $447,000 in grants. 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.
“I believe that with this grant we can get everyone fired up about some physical fitness!!” said Barry Mitchell, Assistant Chief of Kountze Volunteer Department. “Many members have wanted to do this for health reasons and for the comradery it brings. This will benefit several of my firefighters that have some significant health issues. The closest "GYM" is 15 miles away in another city and the "Big Box" gyms, as I call them, are over 25 miles away. So as you can see, going to the gym takes a lot more time and money than most people. This will give a benefit to our members that is wanted and needed.”
Each recipient submitted an application outlining a specific need or project the grant would fund. This is the fifth 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 health and wellness, better preparing them to serve our communities,” Barbara Marzean, President of VFIS of Texas, said. “The more we can do to support these initiatives, the more we can reduce and prevent emergency responder injuries and deaths.”
Grant recipients will be recognized at the SFFMA Annual Conference June 23-27, 2018 in Arlington.
See a full list of 2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness grant recipients below:
The 2019 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant should open for submissions in Fall 2018.