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PREPARING FOR WILDFIRES
  • FIRE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS: RURAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM (HB 3667)

    The 77th Texas Legislature (HB3667) created the Rural VFD Insurance Program and is funded by a 2% sales tax on the sale of fireworks. The program provides reimbursement grants for Texas firefighters to obtain workers compensation, death and disability insurance from private insurance companies. Each year more than 400 fire departments and 11,000 firefighters take advantage of the grant offering.
     

     

     


     + Eligibility

    Who is eligible?

    Recognized, non-profit volunteer fire departments operated by its members are eligible. Any part-paid/part-volunteer fire department is also eligible, provided the number of paid members is 20 or less. Departments may enter into agreements with cities or counties in order to qualify for coverage and/or special premiums.

     

    All eligible departments must participate in a firefighter certification program administered under Section 419.071 of the Texas Government Code (Texas Commission on Fire Protection), or by the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas (SFFMA), or by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

     

    What is eligible?

    Any combination of compensation insurance for firefighters (workers' compensation, death, and/or disability insurance) is eligible. The insurance coverage must include a workers' compensation or similar benefit, and a death benefit. Departments may enter into agreements with cities or counties in order to qualify for coverage and/or special premiums.

     + Apply

    Enrollment for the 2018 calendar year is now open! If your department needs reimbursement for workers compensation or death and disability insurance, please apply today by following these three simple steps:

    1) Purchase any combination of compensation insurance for firefighters (workers' compensation, death, and/or disability insurance) from a Texas insurance company.

    2) Complete a Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program Application for Assistance for Calendar Year 2018, a roster of active fire department members, and a W-9. The program will reimburse 100% of the actual cost of eligible insurance coverage up to a maximum of $155 per fire department member.

    3) Submit via fax, email, or mail the completed Calendar Year 2017 Rural VFD Insurance Program Application, a roster of active fire department members, a W-9, and a copy of the current paid insurance policy, or payment receipt for a workers' compensation insurance policy, death insurance policy, or disability insurance policy.

    Further details can be found in the Application Procedure.

     + Reimbursement Rate

    The program will reimburse 100% of the actual cost of eligible insurance coverage, up to a maximum of $155.00 per fire department member covered in the calendar year 2018.


    Historical Funding Summaries

     

     + Contact

    Texas A&M Forest Service
    200 Technology Way, Suite 1162
    College Station, Texas 77845
    Attn: HB 3667
                      Phone: 979-458-6505
    Fax: 979-845-6160
    Email: ffins@tfs.tamu.edu

     

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