Grant funding to purchase three fire trucks for TIFMAS approved
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Three Texas fire departments were selected to receive more than $700,000 in grants from Texas A&M Forest Service through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual System on Oct. 19. This grant funding is enough to purchase three new wildland firefighting vehicles.
“We are honored to provide the grant awards today. TIFMAS is and has proven to be a tremendously valuable asset in times of crisis. As an agency, it’s our goal to continue building partnerships with fire departments throughout the state, so that we may accomplish our shared mission to protect life and property,” said Jason Keiningham Texas A&M Forest Service Capacity Building department head.
The three fire departments receiving new firefighting vehicles from the grants are Amarillo, McKinney, and Round Rock. Each department received the notice of the awards. After official acceptance from the cities, the fire departments will be able to receive the vehicles.
The TIFMAS program benefits participating career fire departments by providing firefighting equipment, training and vehicles. The fire departments maintain and mobilize this equipment to support statewide and local emergency response to incidents when called to respond to the state.
“TIFMAS is a great program. I have had the chance to work with TIFMAS resources on wildfires and have seen firsthand the impact they have in the control of wildfires,” said Phillip Truitt, Texas A&M Forest Service Communications Specialist.
The TIFMAS grant assistance program provides reimbursement grants to Texas career fire departments. The program provides over $1 million in grants annually to eligible fire departments. There is currently over $20 million in unfunded requests for this program.
To learn more about the TIFMAS program visit http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/TIFMAS/