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 News 

Meet Our New Executive Director 
September 1, 2022

The Texas Emergency Services Retirement System (TESRS) announces that Tiffany White will become its new Executive Director, effective September 1, the first day of the state's new fiscal year. TESRS was created by the Texas Legislature to oversee retirement benefits for Texas' emergency services workers and volunteer firefighters. As Executive Director, Tiffany will be responsible for daily operations of the organization, as well as development and implementation of policy approved by the Board of Trustees.

Tiffany brings extensive legislative experience to her new role with the agency. Most recently, she was Chief of Staff for State Representative Nicole Collier. Previously, she served as Committee Director for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, chaired by State Senator Bob Hall. She worked as Committee Clerk for State Senator Royce West on the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence. Tiffany has worked for the Office of the Texas Comptroller and the Legislative Budget Board. 

Tiffany graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree from Baylor University and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Texas State University. She welcomes her new responsibilities with the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System.

Tiffany joins us with more than 30 years of experience in legislative affairs. As a professional in the government administration industry, Tiffany has an extensive track record in Nonprofit Organizations, Public Affairs, Political Communication, Political Science, and Governmental Affairs. 

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/.