TMLIRP Funds Application for TFCA Best Practices Recognition Program

The Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP) has announced funding to assist Risk Pool member agencies in entering the Best Practices Recognition Program starting October 1, 2017. Funds are allocated for initial Recognition Program fees.
TMLIRP is pleased to provide assistance to its members in facilitating Texas fire departments to take advantage of the TFCA’s Best Practices program.

Committee Chair Chief Robert Isbell stated “TMLIRP’s partnership with the TFCA Best Practices Recognition Program validates our joint commitment to acknowledge the agencies that are setting the standard in public safety excellence.”

The Texas Fire Chiefs Association establishes fees according to agency size. The funding program is for the initial year fees only and subsequent update fees will be the responsibility of the member entity. Funding for this year is limited, and the program will end when the funds are expended. After September 30, 2018, the program will depend on budgeted funds and interest in the program.

To apply for the funding, the agency must be a member of the TML Risk Pool. The agency should obtain an application here or call the Loss Prevention Department at (800) 537-6655. The TFCA will also have the form. Agencies should send their completed TMLIRP Funding Application with the agency’s Application for the Recognition Program to the TFCA office.

When the agency is accepted into the Program, the TFCA will notify TMLIRP. After eligibility is verified, TMLIRP will issue a check in the funding amount directly to TFCA, based on funding availability.

For questions to TMLIRP regarding details and eligibility, please contact Chris Remmert, or Irvin Janak, or call us toll-free at (800) 537-6655.

With Hurricane Harvey cleanup efforts underway, the following resources will help with safety and environmental concerns and clarify some misinformation being circulated.

Even if you are currently not involved with storm recovery operations, the following will help keep your community prepared:

Safety for Workers and Volunteers

Keep cleanup crews informed with frequent safety meetings and alerts. OSHA provides brief QuickCards and Fact Sheets containing need-to-know information on topics such as tree removal, using portable generators, demolition, flood cleanup and other potentially hazardous operations.

Water/Wastewater/Solid Waste

TCEQ’s website provides information regarding governmental response updates, a unified command organizational chart, notes on current air and water conditions and various other pieces of valuable regulatory information.

The Texas Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (TXWARN) assists water and wastewater utilities during major system outages. Even if entities are not currently involved in response or recovery operations, utility managers should review the benefits of joining this free and no obligation mutual aid organization. TXWARN can be contacted at (866) 989-9276.

Factual Information/Rumor Control

Unfortunately, rumors abound after a disaster, wasting valuable resources and causing counterproductive anxiety. FEMA’s Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control page addresses a number of topics from inspection and repair scams to the rumors of plague and tetanus danger.

Assistance for City Managers, Officials and Attorneys

The Texas Municipal League provides information for city officials, including answers to legal questions, resource links and other support. TML affiliates such as the Building Officials Association of Texas, Texas City Managers Association and Texas City Attorneys Association have programs to help cities in their respective fields of expertise.

Boilers

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation offers tips for recovering boiler systems, including what to examine during a post-flood inspection. Entities with applicable equipment may find the information useful, regardless of whether or not they are currently involved in recovery operations.

Cities and other local governments are working diligently to recover from Hurricane Harvey. These resources can help with answering questions, staying on task and safely resuming operations.

If you have questions about safety or loss prevention, email your Loss Prevention Representative, or call (800) 537-6655.

Fireworks displays are a part of many community celebrations sponsored by local governments.

Although fireworks displays are exciting and spectacular, many dangers are associated with putting on events. Many safety precautions must be taken.

A local government has two options in putting on an outdoor public fireworks display (1.3G or 1.4G fireworks):

  1. Utilize local government personnel who are trained, and a licensed operator is in charge of the display.
  2. Hire a trained professional, and the local government can contractually transfer the risk to the display operator.

If your entity hires a contractor, the contractor should be required to carry appropriate insurance coverage and liability limits for fireworks displays. The entity should also require a hold harmless agreement from the contractor and indemnify the municipality for any liability arising out of the fireworks display. The entity will also want to request to be an additional insured on the contractor’s insurance policy.

Prior to a fireworks display, contact your TMLIRP underwriter to ensure coverage is in place, either as a sponsor only or directly conducting the display.

View & Download our 2017 Fireworks Safety Guide as a PDF.

Following a catastrophic accident in 1937, the State Legislature enacted the boiler safety program, codified in Chapter 755 of the Health and Safety Code.

Modern boiler systems are designed for safety and efficiency, but without proper operation and maintenance, they can deteriorate, resulting in possible danger to people and property. Inspections are a crucial requirement to help maintain safe and reliable boiler operations by identifying hazards.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Inspections Included with TMLIRP Property Coverage

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) inspects boilers for TMLIRP members with property coverage. Those properties must be listed on the property schedule, but objects at electric generating facilities are excluded. The Boiler Law and Rules are at www.tdlr.texas.gov/boilers/blr.htm. Call 800-722-7843 for technical assistance.

Getting Inspected

The Risk Pool notifies the TDLR of member boilers that are due for inspection. The Risk Pool sends notices every month to the TDLR and Pool members. The member’s boiler operator will need to coordinate with the inspector on when to schedule the inspection and arrange for any servicing or preparations. Inspection and certificate fees are paid by the Risk Pool.

Newly installed boilers should be reported to the Loss Prevention Department. The TDLR requires installers to fill out TDLR Form #013BLR to notify the agency that a new boiler requires inspection. The form is at www.tdlr.texas.gov/boilers/blrforms.htm.

If you have questions or comments about this service, please contact Kim Grelle, TMLIRP Loss Prevention Department, at kgrelle@tmlirp.org or 800-537-6655

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