Created by the 77th Texas
Legislature (HB 2604) the Rural VFD Assistance Program provides
million per year in grants for equipment and training. The Texas Rural
Department Assistance Program is a cost-share program
funded by the Texas State Legislature.
It provides funding to rural
volunteer fire departments for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles,
fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training.
Who is eligible...
volunteer fire department operated by its members is eligible.
part-paid/part-volunteer fire department is also eligible provided the
paid members is 20 or less.
An Applicant receiving
grant assistance for the acquisition of a firefighting vehicle or truck
chassis under this program is not eligible for additional grant
assistance on another vehicle
for a period to be determined by the Texas
A&M Forest Service. It is the intent of the program
to approve a
vehicle grant for every applicant before providing a second vehicle
grant to a
previous grant recipient.
What is eligible for cost-share assistance...
Computers, Brush Trucks, Tankers, Truck Chassis, Slip-on modules, PPE, Fire Equipment,
Dry hydrants, Training libraries, Electronic projectors
Tuition for certified training (Basic structural, basic wildland, intermediate structural,
intermediate wildland, advanced structural, advanced wildland, methods of teaching,
incident command system
Cost-Share Rates & Guidelines
Training Tuition grants are approved continuously. Applications must
be received before the
course start-date. Applications received on or
after the course start-date are not eligible for
reimbursement. Purchases made before a grant approval date are not eligible for
Purchases must be made after the grant approval date. Applications remain active and on file
until approved or cancelled in writing.
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