Local Fire Departments in Seward County Receive Grant Funding
Joe Denoyer - June 19, 2023 3:40 pm
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt, today, announced, that the Kansas
Insurance Department has made its annual distribution to local Firefighter Relief Associations
(FRAs). Pursuant to the Kansas Firefighters Relief Act, $142,531.00 has been distributed among
two local FRAs in Seward County.
“Firefighters put their lives on the line to keep us safe, and the Kansas Firefighters Relief Act
acknowledges that by providing additional protections for firefighters and their loved ones,” said
Schmidt. “The Act not only gives first responders needed safety nets, but it also allows local
communities to provide their citizens with improved firefighting equipment and resources.”
The funds from the Kansas Firefighters Relief Act are generated by a two percent tax paid by
insurance companies on fire and lightning insurance premiums written in Kansas. Associations
primarily use their distributed funds for insurance premiums and safety enhancements. The relief
funds may pay for the health, accident, disability, and life insurance premiums of local firefighters.
Safety enhancements such as new firetrucks, fire station building improvements, and firefighting
gear can be purchased via relief funds loaned to local governing entities.
This year’s statewide distributions totaled over $16.8 million, distributed to 554 FRAs. The
statewide distribution of the 2023 Kansas Firefighters Relief Act funds can be viewed at
insurance.ks.gov/otherservices/firefighters/fra-relief-distributions.php. Kansans can learn more
about the Firefighter Relief Act by visiting insurance.kansas.gov/firefighters.