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Program Eligiblity

Eligible Entities to receive the state contribution to volunteer pension funds are:

 

  • municipalities with a population under 100,000 that maintain a regularly organized volunteer fire department and that offer fire protection services

 

  • fire protection districts having volunteers and offering fire protection services

 

  • county improvement districts having volunteer fire department members and offering fire protection services

 

  • counties contributing to a volunteer pension fund at one of the above

 

The eligible entities must have:

 

  • active, pension-eligible volunteer firefighters
    • "Active volunteer":  A volunteer firefighter shall maintain a minimum training participation in the fire dep’t of 36 hours each year to qualify for benefits (31-30-1122(1)).
    • "Pension-eligible": A retired volunteer firefighter who has served twenty years and is over 50 years of age is eligible for pension benefit. If the firefighter is not yet 50, they may take a leave of absence until they reach that age. The local board may decide to pay a retirement benefit with less than 20 years of service if the municipality/District is actuarially sound. No matter what, you’re not eligible for funds until after 10 years.

 

  • contributed tax revenue to the pension fund in the year previous to the year in which the distribution is made.

 

The application is distributed annually at the end of July to all state contribution recipients of the previous year.