Kansas Insurance Department makes Firefighters Relief Fund distributions

TOPEKA, Kan. – Osage County firefighter relief associations will receive $60,567.19 as the Kansas Insurance Department is making annual distributions to state and local firefighter relief organizations. More than $13.4 million will be distributed among 564 local Firefighters Relief Associations (FRAs) across the state.

“This fund assists firefighters and their families when an accident or death occurs in the line of duty,” said Ken Selzer, commissioner of insurance. “We are honored to assist in its distribution.”

Distributions in Osage County will include:

  • Burlingame FRA: $10,743.23
  • Osage County Fire District No.1 FRA: $12,511.45
  • Osage County Fire District No.2 FRA: $12,931.60
  • Osage County Fire District No.3 FRA: $4,468.16
  • Osage County Fire District No.4 FRA: $9,723.68
  • Osage County Fire District No.5 FRA: $8,244.74

The money is generated by a 2 percent tax paid by insurance companies on fire and lightning insurance premiums written in Kansas for the previous calendar year. It is collected by the department on behalf of the Kansas Firefighter Relief Act, and passed on to the FRAs, as required by Kansas law. The funds are disbursed electronically.

“The local association funds are used for purchasing accident and health, disability, and life insurance premiums to assist firefighters and their families,” said John Boyd, FRA administrator for the department.

Also, the Kansas State Firefighters Association will receive $497,937 for education and research purposes and for funding the state association’s death benefit fund. These funds also come from the generated premium tax.

Of the state association total, $397,937 is earmarked for educational purposes and research into fire prevention and firefighting, and $100,000 is used to replenish the death benefit fund.

A breakdown of local association distributions is available here: http://www.ksinsurance.org/otherservices/firefighters/fra-relief-distributions.php.

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