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Sunday November 19, 2017

What qualifies as acceptable hours for my 36 hours of training required each year?

To get a definition of what qualifies as acceptable training hours we must look at general statute 58-86-25.  It simply defines it has “drills and meetings’.  Please see the entire statute below for any further clarification or contact the pension office at 877.508.9110.

§ 58‑86‑25.  “Eligible firemen” defined; determination and certification of volunteers meeting qualifications.

“Eligible firemen” shall mean all firemen of the State of North Carolina or any political subdivision thereof, including those performing such functions in the protection of life and property through fire fighting within a county or city governmental unit and so certified to the Commissioner of Insurance by the governing body thereof, and who belong to a bona fide fire department which, as determined by the Commissioner, is classified as not less than class “9” or class “A” and “AA” departments in accordance with rating methods, schedules, classifications, underwriting rules, bylaws or regulations effective or applied with respect to the establishment of rates or premiums used or charged pursuant to Article 36 or 40 of this Chapter or by such other reasonable methods as the Commissioner may determine, and which operates fire apparatus and equipment of the value of five thousand dollars ($5,000) or more, and said fire department holds drills and meetings not less than four hours monthly and said firemen attend at least 36 hours of all drills and meetings in each calendar year. “Eligible firemen” shall also mean an employee of a county whose sole duty is to act as fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, assistant fire marshal, or firefighter of the county, provided the board of county commissioners of that county certifies the employee’s attendance at no less than 36 hours of all drills and meetings in each calendar year. “Eligible firemen” shall also mean those persons meeting the other qualifications of this section, not exceeding 25 volunteer firemen plus one additional volunteer fireman per 100 population in the area served by their respective departments. Each department shall annually determine and report the names of those firemen meeting the eligibility qualifications of this section to its respective governing body, which upon determination of the validity and accuracy of the qualification shall promptly certify the list to the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. The Firefighters’ Association shall provide a list of those persons meeting the eligibility requirements of this section to the State Treasurer by January 31 of each year. For the purposes of the preceding sentence, the governing body of a fire department operated: by a county is the county board of commissioners; by a city is the city council; by a sanitary district is the sanitary district board; by a corporation, whether profit or nonprofit, is the corporation’s board of directors; and by any other entity is that group designated by the board.  (1957, c. 1420, s. 1; 1959, c. 1212, s. 1; 1981, c. 1029, s. 1; 1983, c. 416, s. 7; 1985, c. 241; 2000‑67, s. 26.22; 2001‑222, s. 1; 2003‑362, s. 1; 2009‑66, s. 2(b).)

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