i am a vol from tn and we are currently trying to get legislature to adopt a retirement policy for the vols. i was wondering if i could get some help from other states to know how they handle this situation. tn is always behind in programs like this and just looking for some more help to get this pushed through.
Minimum physical agility standards coupled with a medical exam establishes whether or not you can do the job. The persons own personal physical fitness level that is supported through the medical doctors observations is enough to give you the stay or go option. This is a good way to deal with this; having someone evaluated by an independent third party, not yourself. This makes the decision easy on your part and takes away any subjectivity as well as protecting the liability issues for your department and municipality. bz
sorry thought i was clear we do not have any kind of retirement after years served ea 20 25 30 years of service. some states around us i know have a retirement plan set in place with some minor benefits for the vol also. this is what i am curious in to see what other states offer and if anyone knows how it finally got pushed the the legs.
My point was you aren't paid so why would you expect a retirement benefit. I am a volunteer myself for a combination department, so don't take it the wrong way. With these economic times I just think its highly unlikely that there would be any money left for a program such as this.
best oplace to look for info is the NVFC.org website. They represent the volunteer community and can show you what other states are doing. In my state of Maine we are trying to get a Length of Service Award Program stated. It started with an acturial(?sp) by a grouup called Penflex. Drop me a line on my e mail address and I will get you up to speed. email@example.com
Contact the Texas State Firemens and Firemarshalls Association. They have pension program that, although it's not a huge bonus, it is a decent addition to a fixed income. Try www.sffma.org for details. As far as getting a pension for volunteering, I think that is a huge Thank You from the state that you have given a good chunk of your life to. I personally find it arrogant to think that a pension is only for career firefighters. Having been on both sides of the ledger, volly and paid, and having known firefighters that gave 30 years of service, I see nothing wrong with it. How is it paid for? The department has dues, per member, that are paid annualy. A portion of these dues are then meted out to eligible members, who have to serve a certain amount of time to collect.
NM has a volunteer retirement program with no contributions. it pays $100/mo for 10 years of service, $200 for 25 years of service. you must attend 75% of all drills, all meetings and (all calls for which the chief holds you responsible for ).
at this legislation session they changed some of the attendance requirements but I am not sure the governor has signed it yet so it may not be a done deal yet. Basically I think the changes are going to 50% in stead of 75%
The payouts were set up about 25 years ago when the law first past and we have been trying to get things improved ever since.
If these changes actually get written in I suspect we will look at increasing the payout rate in the future ( a tougher battle)