The Division of the State Fire Marshal provides this information with the fervent hope and continued dedication to safety that it will never be used.
Report a Line-of-Duty Death to the State Fire Marshal Safety and Health Program Section, as soon as possible, at (352) 369-2836.
Every firefighter employer, as defined in statute, is liable for the payment of line of duty death and catastrophic injury benefits set forth in Florida Statute 112.191. The amounts are adjusted annually by Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 69A-64, to reflect the consumer price index. The firefighter employer must be either self-insured or secure insurance to ensure the benefit payments. The benefits set forth in Section 112.191, Florida Statutes, are in addition to any workers compensation or pension benefits to which the beneficiary may be entitled. Contact the firefighter's department for details and procedures.
The Workers' Compensation Benefit may be available to either Career or Volunteer Firefighters. The definition of employment includes firefighters responding to or assisting with fire or medical emergencies whether or not the firefighters are on duty. The Workers' Compensation "acting within the course of employment" is located within Florida Statute 440.091, and the Workers' Compensation "for death" is located within Florida Statute 440.16.
Division of Workers Compensation
Department of Financial Services
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4228
(800) 342-1741 or (850) 413-1609
A deceased firefighter's spouse and children may be eligible to obtain the waiver of certain educational expenses while obtaining a career certificate, undergraduate or postgraduate education at a State of Florida public school. The authority for this can be found in Florida Statute 112.191. Details and conditions can be found in the Florida Administrative Code under FAC 6C-7.008 and FAC 6C2-2.02414.
Each public educational facility has its own procedures and requirements for obtaining these waivers. The deceased firefighter's spouse and/or children should contact the student financial affairs office of the educational facility they are interested in or currently attending for further details.
Should you have any questions or require further information do not hesitate to contact the Safety Programs Manager, Mike Tucker, at:
mike.tucker@MyFloridaCFO.com or (352) 369-2836.
Most Career and Volunteer State, Municipal, and Special District Firefighters are covered under the Firefighters Pension Trust Fund. The contact information for the MPOFRTF is provided below. However, some Florida jurisdictions have independent and/or supplementary plans or annuities for their Firefighters, and for these you would have to contact the local authorities. Firefighter pension beneficiaries are covered in Florida Statute 175.181, and death benefits prior to retirement are covered in Florida Statute 175.201. The rule information about pension beneficiaries is located in FAC Chapter 60S-4 Benefits, and the Benefits Payable Upon Death are specifically located in FAC 60S-4.008.
Municipal Police Officers' and Firefighters Retirement Trust Funds Office Division of Retirement
P. O. Box 3010
Tallahassee, Florida 32315-3010
IAFF Recommended Protocol for Line-of-Duty Deaths - www.iaff.org/HS/LODD/funeralprotocol.htm
A Labor of Love, How to Write a Eulogy, Garry Schaeffer - www.eulogybook.net
The Florida Fire Service Honor Guard Association -
If you have experienced a Line-of-Duty Death and you need assistance, contact the Safety Program Office of the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training at (352) 369-2836. We will provide assistance and we also have a publication titled "For Those Who Gave So Much", by Dwaine E. Booth, that you may find helpful.