Funding is available from several sources to support tuition, fees, and some related expenses for Texas agencies and departments. Personnel and departments are encouraged to take advantage of the funding and services listed below.
No-Cost Training for Texas
Assistance Programs / Associations
HB2604 / Texas A&M Forest Service
- 100% of tuition cost
- Training tuition grants under this program will be provided to a maximum of $85 per day, not to exceed $595 per trainee per school.
- Training tuition grants are limited to a maximum of $6,000 per department per school.
- The maximum amount of Training Tuition assistance a department may receive in a fiscal year (September through August) is $12,000.
- Written application for a Training Tuition grant must be received by the Texas A&M Forest Service before the course start-date. An application received on or after the course start-date is not eligible for grant assistance.
- Available for TEEX Area & Annual Schools
The 81st Texas State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1011 in 2009. The Texas Legislature amended portions of the statute governing the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. By statute, the Fire Department Emergency Program was abolished effective January 1, 2010. The program was transferred to the Texas A&M Forest Service and going forward all funds will be used for a totally new program designed to provide reimbursement grants for firefighter training, SCBA’s, and PPE ; and for a pilot project to acquire fire and rescue apparatus’ to support the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System. This new program has been designed and approved in consultation with the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, the Texas State Association of Firefighters, and the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas.
Independent insurance agents in Texas, who operate in their communities under the
Trusted Choice brand created a grant program for volunteer fire departments (unsupported by tax revenues) to award at least six grants of up to $5,000 combined for fire safety campaigns and events and for the purchase of new equipment. A selection committee of firefighters and independent insurance agents will award the grants based on need. As applicable, grant recipients will be required to submit receipts for equipment purchased after the purchase or a report upon completion of the fire safety and prevention campaign.
A Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. Three types of grants are available: Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S). This Web site provides a description of four types of grants, which includes the Assistance to Firefights Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG). The site also offers resources to help fire departments prepare and submit grant requests.
TEEX is authorized to offer its nationally and internationally recognized training programs to government employees for the best, pre-negotiated rates through our General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedules. Find ESTI courses on the
GSA-Approved Course List.
The Anne McCormick Sullivan Foundation has awarded TEEX up to $15,000 to support training for women in fire and emergency response programs. The foundation is named for Anne McCormick Sullivan, who died in the Line-of-Duty on May 31, 2013, during the 5-alarm Southwest Inn fire in Houston, along with three fellow firefighters, following a roof collapse. The donation will provide financial reimbursement to outstanding current female students in the TEEX Firefighter Recruit Academy, EMT or Paramedic programs. Students must be U.S. citizens to be eligible for the scholarship and tuition reimbursement. The recipients will be selected by the foundation once they have successfully completed their certification.