Created by the 77th Texas Legislature (HB 2604) the Rural VFD Assistance Program provides
$12.8 million per year in grants for equipment and training. The Texas Rural Volunteer Fire
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...
Chartered, non-profit volunteer fire department operated by its members is eligible.
Any part-paid/part-volunteer fire department is also eligible provided the number of
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,
Rescue 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 reimbursement. 
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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Texas A&M Forest Service
Capacity Building Department
200 Technology Way, Suite 1162 
College Station, Texas 77845-3424

Fax: (979)845-6160

(If faxed, please call our office to confirm it was received)


    - A W-9 form must accompany each application.
    - The Application and W-9 form must be SIGNED and DATED.

For more information...
Call:  (979) 458-6505
Email: 2604@tfs.tamu.edu      

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