Arizona Survivor Benefits

Updated March 2018

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

There is no defined one-time death benefit.


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Career firefighters: Benefit for spouse with no children is 66 2/3 % of average monthly wage of firefighter until death or remarriage; for spouse with children, 35% until death or remarriage. Spouse receives two years’ compensation in one lump sum upon remarriage. Children receive 31 2/3% of average monthly wage divided among them equally until age 18 or married, longer if disabled and incapable of self-support and until age 22 if full-time student. Contact the Industrial Commission for further information on specific family situations. Average Monthly Wage in 2019 is $4,741.57 and is adjusted annually.

Volunteer firefighters: Regular members of volunteer and municipal or county fire departments, either without pay or with full pay on a part-time basis, are deemed to be employees. However, the basis of computing wages for premium payments and compensation benefits shall be equal to the beginning salary of the same rank or grade in the full-time service within the area.

Law specifies rules for compensation in other situations, including recent changes in presumption that firefighter deaths and disabilities from certain cancers are the result of occupation and employment. Law also specifies that any firefighter injured or killed while traveling to or from work shall be considered in the course and scope of employment solely for the purposes of eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

Contact:

Industrial Commission of Arizona
800 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-4661
Website: www.azica.gov


COMPENSATION FOR DEATH OR DISABILITY OF FIREFIGHTERS FROM OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES

Notwithstanding sub-section A of the Workers’ Compensation Act (and 5-23-1043.01). any disease, infirmity or impairment of a firefighter’s health that is caused by brain, bladder, rectal or colon cancer, lymphoma, leukemia or aden carcinoma or mesothelioma of the respiratory tract and that results in disability or death is presumed to be an occupational disease as defined in sub-section 23-901 is deemed to arise out of employment.

Contact:

Industrial Commission of Arizona
800 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-4661
Website: www.azica.gov

(Reference: Revised Arizona Statutes 23-1046, Death Benefits)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

A maximum benefit of $5,000 for burial expenses.

Contact:

Industrial Commission of Arizona
800 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-4661
Website: www.azica.gov

(Reference: 23-1046 Revised Arizona Statutes)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

There are as many as four listed retirement systems serving workers in the state of Arizona. The exception is municipal retirement plans such as those in the City of Phoenix or the City of Tucson. In those cases, questions should be directed to the Administrative Office where the Fallen Firefighter was employed. NOTE: All employees hired after July 1, 2018 are Tier 3 members.

Spouse’s Pension

Death benefits noted in the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) vary according to several factors including increased percentage for line of duty deaths. In general, if the member was killed in the line of duty, the spouse will receive a lifetime monthly benefit of 100% of the member’s average monthly benefit compensation less the “Child’s Pension,” if applicable.

Child’s Pension

The surviving eligible child(ren) will receive a Child’s Pension up to 20% (in equal shares, but no more than 10% per eligible child) each month based on the calculation for an accidental disability retirement until each unmarried child turns 18, or under 23 years of age only during any period that the unmarried child is a full-time student. An eligible Child’s Pension shall become payable directly to the eligible child when the eligible child reaches the age of 18, if the child remains eligible to receive the pension and is not subject to a guardianship or conservatorship due to disability or incapacity.

Due to the many variables, it is recommended that questions be directed to the PSPRS using the contact information below.

Contact:

Public Safety Personnel Retirement System
3010 E. Camelback Rd
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 255-5575
Toll Free: (877) 925-5575
Fax: (602) 255-5572
Website: www.psprs.com


HEALTH INSURANCE

Survivors of firefighters killed in the line of duty may be eligible for health insurance subsidies. Please contact the Arizona Department of Insurance with all inquiries.

Contact:

Arizona Department of Insurance
100 15th Avenue, Suite 102
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2624
Phone: (602) 364-2393
Website: www.insurance.az.gov


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Benefit applies to an Arizona community college or university toward a baccalaureate degree. The tuition waiver scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, but does not cover books or any other additional fees. Child must be under the age of 30 on the first day the scholarship would apply.

Contact:

Arizona Board of Regents
2020 N. Central Avenue, Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4593
Phone: (602) 229-2500
Fax: (602) 229-2555
Website: www.azregents.edu


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same benefits as for children, Benefits terminate upon remarriage.

Contact:

Arizona Board of Regents
2020 N. Central Avenue, Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4593
Phone: (602) 229-2500
Fax: (602) 229-2555
Website: www.azregents.edu


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

The 100 Club of Arizona

333 N 44 Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 485-0100
Fax: (602) 242-1715
E-mail: info@100club.org
Website: www.100club.og

The 100 Club of Arizona provides benefits of $15,000 for a line of duty death; $5,000 for a non-line of duty death and up to $18,000 for a serious injury* to fhe families of public safety officers and firefighters. Benefits are extended to volunteer and/or reserve officers/firefighters only when the incident occurs while s/he is on duty.

The 100 Club of Arizona scholarship program provides financial education assistance to the family.

The International Association of Fire Fighters

1750 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
Website: client.prod.iaff.org/#contentid=1743

The W. H. “Howie” McClennan scholarship provides financial assistance for sons, daughters or legally adopted children of IAFF Union Members killed in the line of duty planning to attend a university, accredited college or other institution of higher learning. Scholarship amount is $2,500 per year, renewable up to 4 consecutive years.


FUNERAL & CREMATION BENEFITS

Dignity Memorial

Phone: (800) 343-4464
Website: www.dignitymemorial.com

Dignity Memorial is a consortium of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers across the United States and Canada. They have a Public Servants Program for first responders and emergency services workers. Dignity provides these services, at no cost, for career and volunteer firefighters who are killed in the line of duty. There is a location finder per state on the website, and funeral directors are encouraged to contact Dignity regarding the first responder program.

Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.

2913 Gardner Road
Broadview, IL 50155
Phone: 708-681-7040 (Terry Whitlock)
Website: www.wilbert.com

Wilbert provides complimentary burial vaults (including urns vaults) for fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters through 193 licensee locations. Funeral directors should contact Wilbert for information on obtaining vaults.


COUNTY & LOCAL JURISDICTION BENEFITS


Disclaimer: The material contained in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivor Benefits website is not the result of legal research, but rather is based on a scan of public documents. We have made every effort to be accurate and timely, but errors may exist. The material on this website is advisory only and should not be cited as evidence or proof that a benefit exists or that our facts are accurate. Always consult the decedent’s fire department for benefits assistance, or a benefits’ attorney. If, in the course of your own research, you see errors of fact, or new benefit information, please pass this information along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.