AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A DEFINITION OF FIREFIGHTER FOR PURPOSES OF THE LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS' RELIEF FUND, THE STATEWIDE FIREFIGHTERS' RELIEF FUND, THE STATE FIRE PROTECTION GRANT FUND, VOLUNTEER SAFETY WORKERS ASSISTANCE, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD WORKERS' RELIEF FUND; TO AMEND THE PROCESS FOR FILING CERTIFIED ROSTERS WITH THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE FIREMEN'S ASSOCIATION AND THE NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF RESCUE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, INC.: TO AMEND THE RESCUE SQUAD WORKERS' RELIEF FUND; TO AMEND THE LAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS', FIREMEN'S, RESCUE SQUAD WORKERS' AND CIVIL AIR PATROL MEMBERS' DEATH BENEFITS ACT; AND TO SPECIFY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY AS IT PERTAINS TO A FIRE DEPARTMENT BOARD AND PARTICIPATION IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Amends GS 58-84-5, concerning Local Firefighters' Relief Funds, to define firefighter or fireman as any person meeting the following: (1) is a volunteer, employee , contractor, or member of a rated and certified fire department; (2) performs work or training connected with fire protection, fire prevention, fire control, fire education, fire inspection, fire department support services, or performs the specified duties of a fire chief; (3) performs work or training at the direction of a fire chief; and (4) is included on the certified roster submitted to the NC State Firemen's Association.
Makes conforming changes referencing the above definition of firefighter or fireman in GS 58-86-2, definitions for the North Carolina Firefighters' and Rescue Squad Workers' Pension Fund, and GS 143-166.2(d), definitions for the Law-Enforcement Officers', Firemen's, Rescue Squad Workers', and Civil Air Patrol Members' Death Benefits Act.
Amends GS 58-86-25, Determination and certification of eligible firefighters, providing that each eligible fire department must annually determine and file a certified roster of the names of those firefighters meeting the eligibility qualifications with the NC State Firemen's Association (previously, required the fire departments to determine and report names of qualified firefighters to its respective governing body, which would then certify the validity and accuracy of the qualification and certify the list to the NC State Firemen's Association). Makes conforming deletions.
Effective July 1, 2015.
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