Funding Resources & Benefits Available to Texas Fire Service

Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program - $24 Million / Year

  • Available to fire departments with 20 or fewer paid members
  • Provides grants for fire equipment, training, apparatus
  • Administered by Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Referred to as the HB2604 Program

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Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) Grant - $1 million/YR

  • Available to fire departments with 21 or more paid members
  • Provides grants to fire departments for fire equipment, training and state-owned apparatus
  • Administered by Texas A&M Forest Service

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Equipment Grants (Administered by Texas A&M Forest Service)

  • Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program (excess federal military property)
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  • Helping Hands Program (donated, used equipment)
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Rural VFD Insurance Program

  • Provides financial assistance for FDs to get worker’s compensation or AD&D insurance
  • Administered by Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Referred to as the HB3667 Program

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Line of Duty Death Benefit - $250,000/Incident

  • Available to any firefighter’s family in the event of a line of duty death
  • Administered by Employee Retirement System of Texas
  • College tuition exemption available to children of fallen firefighters

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College Tuition Exemption

  • Volunteer and paid firefighters seeking a fire science degree are exempt from college tuition
    (excluding lab fees, etc.)
  • Administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

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