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Tuesday June 20, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Benefits and Insurance

What benefits will my family receive if I die in the line of duty?

Your family would receive the Federal PSOB Benetit, the State Line-of-Duty Death Benefit, Workers’ Compensation coverage, the NCSFA coverage, and any additional coverage your department might carry.

In addition, the NCSFA will pay all educational expenses for the children to any state supported university or community college.

What benefits will my family receive if I die of an accident or natural causes and it is not in the line of duty?

If a member dies accidentally and not in the line of duty, the NCSFA will pay the beneficiaries $25,000.00.

No payment is made for death by natural causes unless the member carries fraternal insurance.

If I keep retirees on the roster, do they have to get 36 hours of training each year?

No, 36 hours of training is not required of those who have retired, but be sure your retirees are not running calls.  If they do run calls they must have 36 hours of training annually to be eligible for the state line-of-duty death benefit.

Do I need to keep my retired members on the fire department roster?

No, but many departments choose to do so out of respect for the service rendered by the retiree.  There are some non-line-of-duty benefits the retiree enjoys if carried on the roster.  If enrolled, the retiree is allowed to continue their participation in the Fraternal Insurance Program, the eye care discount is available to them as well as the $25,000.00 coverage under the Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy.

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What is the address of the Association?

323 West Jones Street, Suite 401, Raleigh, NC  27603

What are your office hours?

8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

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).)

What does the word “certified” mean on the roster?

The roster for NCSFA serves two purposes.  The first is to provide current information of who is on your roster, but it also serves as the certification roster for the State Treasurer’s Office.  The term “certification” simply means that the chief is ‘certifying’ that his members have received their 36 hours of training as required to receive pension benefits and to receive the state line-of-duty death benefits.  To get a definition of what qualifies as acceptable training hours we must look at general statute 58-86-25.  It simply defines it as “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).)

Membership

What does the word “certified” mean on the roster?

The roster for NCSFA serves two purposes.  The first is to provide current information of who is on your roster, but it also serves as the certification roster for the State Treasurer’s Office.  The term “certification” simply means that the chief is ‘certifying’ that his members have received their 36 hours of training as required to receive pension benefits and to receive the state line-of-duty death benefits.  To get a definition of what qualifies as acceptable training hours we must look at general statute 58-86-25.  It simply defines it as “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).)

How do I leave one department and go to another?

The department you are leaving would send the NCSFA a delete form removing you from their roster. Get the form here.

The department you are joining would add you to their roster by sending the NCSFA an addition sheet. Get the form here.

The NCSFA will make the necessary corrections using the add/delete forms.

If I’m a member of more than one department, do I have to be on both rosters and pay dues at both departments?

Yes.

You must be on the roster for all departments on which you run calls.  If you are not on the roster of the department you are on duty with and get injured or killed in the line of duty then you may not be eligible for some of the death benefits.

Can administrative staff and ladies auxillary be on the roster?

No.  Only firefighters may be on the roster.  Only firefighters can receive member benefits and pension benefits.

Do I need to keep my retired members on the fire department roster?

No, but many departments choose to do so out of respect for the service rendered by the retiree.  There are some non-line-of-duty benefits the retiree enjoys if carried on the roster.  If enrolled, the retiree is allowed to continue their participation in the Fraternal Insurance Program, the eye care discount is available to them as well as the $25,000.00 coverage under the Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy.

If I keep retirees on the roster, do they have to get 36 hours of training each year?

No, 36 hours of training is not required of those who have retired, but be sure your retirees are not running calls.  If they do run calls they must have 36 hours of training annually to be eligible for the state line-of-duty death benefit.

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).)

Pension

How can I find out how many years of service I have in the pension?

Please contact the pension office directly at 877-508-9110.

Can I buy back years of service in the pension?

Yes, you can buy back years.

You must contact the pension office to get the information on this at 877-508-9110.

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).)

What does the word “certified” mean on the roster?

The roster for NCSFA serves two purposes.  The first is to provide current information of who is on your roster, but it also serves as the certification roster for the State Treasurer’s Office.  The term “certification” simply means that the chief is ‘certifying’ that his members have received their 36 hours of training as required to receive pension benefits and to receive the state line-of-duty death benefits.  To get a definition of what qualifies as acceptable training hours we must look at general statute 58-86-25.  It simply defines it as “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).)

Relief Fund

What can I use my local relief fund money for?

Please see General Statute 58-84-34 below with explanations in red.  Contact Ed Brinson if you have any further questions regarding use of your department’s relief fund monies.

§ 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 Firefighters’ 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 Firefighters’ 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.)

 

Am I eligible to get help from my department’s relief fund money?

Possibly.

You must have at least 5 years of accumulated fire service within the state of North Carolina and be a member in good standing.

You must present your request to your department’s local relief fund board and they must send a written request to our office in order for an approval process to be considered.

How long does a member have to be on the department before the Relief Fund board can give them money?

For Line of Duty related situations or for whole department supplemental insruance there is no service time requirement.  For all other situations you must have 5 years of accumulated fire service in the state of North Carolina.

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.)

 

Rosters

How do I update our Roster on-line?

Please go to the roster management portion of our website for instructions.

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).)

What does the word “certified” mean on the roster?

The roster for NCSFA serves two purposes.  The first is to provide current information of who is on your roster, but it also serves as the certification roster for the State Treasurer’s Office.  The term “certification” simply means that the chief is ‘certifying’ that his members have received their 36 hours of training as required to receive pension benefits and to receive the state line-of-duty death benefits.  To get a definition of what qualifies as acceptable training hours we must look at general statute 58-86-25.  It simply defines it as “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).)

Scholarship

Am I eligible to apply for scholarships?

If you are a member in good standing of a department that is a member of the NC State Firefighters’ Association then you are eligible to apply for the regional scholarships.

Scholarship applications are accepted annually from January 1st to March 15th.

Is my child eligible to apply for scholarships?

If you are a member in good standing of a department that is a member of the NC State Firefighters’ Association then you are eligible to apply for any of the applicable scholarships to help further your child’s education.

Scholarship applications are accepted annually from January 1st to March 15th.

Training

Can my hours of service transfer from one state to another?

Any Firefighter certified by another state or agency whose program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), or the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications, and is a member of a fire/rescue agency in North Carolina may be granted equivalent certification provided the agency was accredited at the time of his/her certification.*

*From OSFM website.

More details available at the Office of the State Fire Marshal website on this subject.

What does the word “certified” mean on the roster?

The roster for NCSFA serves two purposes.  The first is to provide current information of who is on your roster, but it also serves as the certification roster for the State Treasurer’s Office.  The term “certification” simply means that the chief is ‘certifying’ that his members have received their 36 hours of training as required to receive pension benefits and to receive the state line-of-duty death benefits.  To get a definition of what qualifies as acceptable training hours we must look at general statute 58-86-25.  It simply defines it as “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).)

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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