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

The Board of Trustees held a board meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Details about the Board meeting are available at Agency Info/Meetings.

Rules Outline Actions

Considered Revocation of Participation

Political subdivisions that are considering abolishing or not funding their volunteer fire departments participating in the TESRS pension system may trigger one of the events that are considered by rule as revocation of participation. Revocation comes with a revocation charge determined by the system actuary.


New rules 34 Texas Administrative Code §§304.2 were published in the Texas Register on July 10, 2020 that allow a Participating Department to revoke its election to participate in the pension system. Revocation must occur in a manner that protects the actuarial soundness of the pension system.

To read the published rules, click on the link below to access the Texas Administrative Code and click on Chapter 304:

TAC §304


Click on the link below for an outline of the Departmental Revocation Process:

Departmental Revocation Process

Click on the link below for instructions regarding the required Notice of Intent:

Notice of Intent


Email questions about departmental revocation to info@tesrs.texas.gov .


Online Training Option for Participating Departments


For many departments in Texas, providing in-house training and department meetings have been halted or reduced due to concerns about the Coronavirus and 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.