The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) Grant Assistance Program provides reimbursement grants to career fire departments and combination fire departments not eligible for grant assistance under the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. The program provides $1 million in grant assistance annually, with $800,000 dedicated to TIFMAS vehicles and $200,000 dedicated to all other grant categories.   


     + Eligibility

    Those eligible include

    • Career fire departments that have no volunteer members and that are staffed with paid members only.
    • Recognized part-paid, part-volunteer fire departments operating on a not-for-profit basis, having 21 or more paid members.
    • Fire departments eligible for grants under the Rural VFD Assistance Program are not eligible for grants under the TIFMAS Grant Assistance Program.

    Paid members are calculated based on the number of full-time paid and part-paid positions. Two part-paid positions are equivalent to one full-time paid position.


     + Apply for a TIFMAS Apparatus Grant

    A TIFMAS apparatus grant awards 100 percent funding for a standardized NWCG Type I (Tactical Tender), Type III (Wildland Engine) or VI (Wildland Engine) vehicle. Use of the vehicle is governed by the terms set forth in the Supplemental Terms and Responsibilities Agreement (PDF, 108KB) between TFS and the fire department recipient. 



    Complete Form FO-430 (PDF, 152KB) and IRS Form W-9 (PDF, 116KB) and fax to 936-639-8138. Please call 936-639-8100 to confirm your fax was received.

    TIFMAS apparatus grants are approved in October of each year. Grant applications not approved in October automatically roll forward to the next TIFMAS funding meeting. They remain on file and active until approved or cancelled in writing by the applicant.

    A department may have a maximum of two applications on file for TIFMAS apparatus (including applications associated with a previous award). 
    To revise an application, complete the Revision Request -- TIFMAS Program (TFS-FO-411) and submit it via email or fax to 936-639-8138.


     + Apply for a TIFMAS Training Tuition Grant
    TIFMAS grants for training tuition reimburse 100% of the actual cost of tuition not to exceed $125 per day up to a maximum of $625 per trainee per school. The ANNUAL MAXIMUM for all training tuition grant assistance per department is $12,500.
    To apply, please complete and submit the following forms by mail, email or fax.
    To revise your application, complete the Revision Request -- TIFMAS Program (TFS-FO-411) and submit it via email or fax it to 936-639-8138.

    TIFMAS Grant Assistance Program Guidelines For Training Tuition Grant Assistance (PDF, 177KB)

    IMPORTANT: A W-9form must accompany each application. Both forms must be signed and dated.

     + Additional Guidelines
     + Contact

    Texas A&M Forest Service
    2127 S. First St.
    Lufkin, Texas 75901
    Attn: TIFMAS Grants
                       Phone: (936) 639-8100
    Fax: (936) 639-8138
    Email: tifmasgrants@tfs.tamu.edu