Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, announced that it has partnered with VFIS of Texas, a provider of specialized insurance solutions for the emergency service industry, to create a grant program for rural fire departments. The program will fund safety training and certifications for emergency services employees.
Rich Gergasko, president of Texas Mutual, presented a $5,000 check to David Wade, president of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association (SFFMA), during the Annual SFFMA Training Conference and Convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center.
“Our members’ employees risk their lives every day to protect the public,” said Wade. “It is critical that they know how to protect themselves, as well. Unfortunately, our rural members are often underfunded. This money will help them get the training they need to do their jobs safely.”
A committee of VFIS and SFFMA staff will review grant applications and administer funds on an as-needed basis.
“Texas Mutual is on a mission to prevent workplace accidents and their associated consequences,” said Gergasko. “We admire and applaud the men and women who get the first call when a disaster happens. When we have the opportunity to invest in their safety, our board of directors, management and staff consider it money well-spent.”
Texas Mutual and VFIS of Texas also partner to offer a workers’ compensation safety group for qualifying fire departments and nonprofit EMS organizations. Group members have access to free safety training materials designed for their industry. They also get premium discounts and potential dividends if they control workplace accidents.
Source: Texas Mutual Insurance Company
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