Texas Emergency Services Retirement System

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What is TESRS?

The Texas Emergency Services Retirement System (TESRS) is a state agency that administers a pension System for volunteer fire and emergency departments across the state.  In addition to retirement benefits, active members are covered by survivor and disability benefits and may be eligible for a tuition benefit.

You can find an overview of the history, purpose, and benefits of TESRS at the following link: Overview

Here is a list of departments in our system:




TESRS Board Meeting: May 19, 2022

For details, click here.



Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders:

TESRS is YOUR Retirement System

In 1977, the State of Texas established a public retirement system for volunteer firefighters and first responders.

  • Would you like to have on-duty disability benefits and a lifetime retirement check?
  • Does your department provide on-duty and off-duty death benefits for your beneficiaries?

If your department participates in the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System (TESRS), you will have on-duty and off-duty death benefits, on-duty disability benefits, and a retirement benefit for life.

For more information about membership, call us at (800) 919-3372 or email us at info@tesrs.texas.gov


Online Training Option for Departments


For many departments in Texas, providing in-house training and department meetings have been reduced due to concerns about COVID-19. 

The annual tabulation of qualified service for TESRS members includes completion of 20 hours of training. If approved by the department, members can complete online training hours to satisfy the qualified service requirement.

TESRS provides the information below from TEEX about its online continuing education program. Use the hyperlinks to learn more about TEEX online training as an option for your department members.


TEEX Online Training Courses

In today’s world of limited contact, physical distancing and restrictions on travel, e-learning has ceased to be just an alternative for many organizations. Online training courses can be taken in multiple sittings, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to better accommodate busy schedules. In a mobile world, training is available to take on the road, in the café, at home, or any place with an internet-accessible computer.

TEEX Online CE Courses have been designed using instructional best practices with interactive participation, which results in higher levels of cognitive engagement and retention.

Read an article on TEEX FireTALK at https://firetalk.teex.org/teex-adds-online-continuing-education-courses/ which further discusses the Online CE (CEF) courses that are offered.  A full listing of online courses can be found at https://teex.org/program/online/.


Stay Safe


Though efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 have restricted our travel for on-site meetings, TESRS staff are available to support our members, departments, and Local Boards. Call TESRS at 800-919-3372 if you need assistance.