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Sunday November 19, 2017

Do we always have to ask permission to take out money in our Relief Fund

Unless the situation is Line of Duty related, a written request must be submmitted to NCSFA for approval.  See below for further explanation from General Statute 58-84-35.

 

§ 58-84-35.  Disbursement of funds by trustees.

The board of trustees shall have entire control of the funds derived from the provisions of this Article, and shall disburse the funds only for the following purposes:

(1)        To safeguard any fireman in active service from financial loss, occasioned by sickness contracted or injury received while in the performance of his duties as a fireman (This does not require approval by the NCSFA office.  The NCSFA Office will consult on whether the injury was line of duty, but if it was line of duty (performance of their job, i.e. responding, training, working, etc.); the local Board has the authority to provide assistance.)

(2)        To provide a reasonable support for those actually dependent upon the services of any fireman who may lose his life in the fire service of his town, city, or State, either by accident or from disease contracted or injury received by reason of such service.  The amount is to be determined according to the earning capacity of the deceased.  (This does not require approval by the NCSFA office.  The NCSFA office will consult on whether the death was line of duty, but if it was line of duty (performance of their job, i.e. responding, training, working, etc.); the local Board has the authority to provide assistance.)

(2a)      To provide assistance, upon approval by the Secretary of the State Firemen’s Association, to a destitute member fireman who has served honorably for at least five years.  (The NCSFA office has to review and approve these requests prior to disbursement of funds.)

(3)        Repealed by Session Laws 1985, c. 666, s. 61.

(4)        To provide for the payment of any fireman’s assessment in the Firemen’s Fraternal Insurance Fund of the State of North Carolina if the board of trustees finds as a fact that said fireman is unable to pay the said assessment by reason of disability. (The NCSFA does not have to approve these.)

(5)        To provide for benefits of supplemental retirement, workers compensation, and other insurance and pension protection for firefighters otherwise qualifying for benefits from the Firefighters’ Relief Fund as set forth in Article 85 of this Chapter. (The NCSFA has to review and approve these requests prior to disbursement of funds.)

(6)        To provide for educational benefits to firemen and their dependents who otherwise qualify for benefits from the Firefighters’ Relief Fund as set forth in Article 85 of this Chapter. (The NCSFA has to review and approve these requests prior to disbursement of funds.)

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no expenditures shall be made pursuant to subsections (5) and (6) of this section unless the State Firemen’s Association has certified that such expenditures will not render the Fund actuarially unsound for the purposes of providing the benefits set forth in subsections (1), (2), and (4) of this section. If, for any reason, funds made available for subsections (5) and (6) of this section shall be insufficient to pay in full any benefits, the benefits pursuant to subsections (5) and (6) shall be reduced pro rata for as long as the amount of insufficient funds exists. No claim shall accrue with respect to any amount by which a benefit under subsections (5) and (6) shall have been reduced.  (1907, c. 831, s. 6; 1919, c. 180; C.S., s. 6069; Ex. Sess. 1921, c. 55; 1923, c. 22; 1925, c. 41; 1945, c. 74, s. 2; 1985, c. 666, s. 61; 1987, c. 174, ss. 2, 3; 1997-456, s. 27; 2007-246, s. 4; 2008-187, s. 13.)

 

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