Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company and VFIS of Texas recently announced that they have distributed $228,000 in grant money to 90 volunteer fire departments and nonprofit emergency medical service (EMS) organizations across the state of Texas.
The need-based grants were awarded to reimburse fire departments and nonprofit EMS organizations for 2017 individual member certification dues and fees, as well as health and wellness programs, and travel costs to attend training. Grants of up to $5,000 have been awarded based on financial need and are intended to encourage all departments to participate in certification, training and health/wellness programs to prevent emergency responder deaths and injuries.
“Safety and wellness are always sound investments, and Texas Mutual is proud to support the efforts of these brave volunteer firefighters and EMS workers,” Rich Gergasko, president and CEO of Texas Mutual Insurance Company, said. “These grants demonstrate our commitment to the prevention of accidents and the overall safety and wellness of volunteer firefighters and EMS workers in Texas.”
“VFIS of Texas has a long history of helping volunteer firefighters and EMS stay safe,” Barbara Marzean, president of VFIS of Texas, said. “Our commitment to education and training is reflected in these grants, and we will continue to do all we can to protect the life and well being of those who serve.”
Source: Texas Mutual