Volunteer TX Fire Departments Seek Full Funding

A number of volunteer firefighters in Texas are hoping the state legislature reconfigures how it funds rural agencies.

Last Friday, Rep. David Simpson asked Governor Rick Perry to take up the issue during the remaining legislative special session, according to a report on theeagle.com (http://bit.ly/17kgYQ9).

Many departments depend on the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program for grant money to pay for training and other requirements, but some departments are not seeing the money. This is because the state has allocated millions of dollars from the fund into the general fund to help balance the budget.

And although department chiefs said they appreciate the state funding and donations, the total doesn't come close to what they need.

Read more about the situation facing Texas volunteers at http://bit.ly/17kgYQ9.

For more on rural firefighting issues, consider MAKING FEDERAL RURAL FIRE PROGRAMS WORK FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT, USFA, NFPA release report on mitigation of the nation's rural fire problem, and Volunteer Firefighting: Don't Forget the Rural Fire Service.

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