Arizona Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated November 2013

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.

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
800 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-4661
Website: ica.state.az.us

(Reference: Revised Arizona Statutes 23-418-01 and 23-1046, Death Benefits)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

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

Contact:
Industrial Commission
800 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-4661
Website: ica.state.az.us

(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.

Death benefits noted in the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) vary according to several factors including increased percentage for line of duty deaths.

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: Public Safety Personnel Retirement System


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Benefit applies to an Arizona community college or university toward a baccalaureate degree; student must not have exceeded 144 hours of previous undergraduate work. 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: azregents.edu

100 Club of Arizona Scholarship Program

The 100 Club of Arizona scholarship program was established to provide financial education assistance to family members of public safety officers/firefighters. The program is also available to families who have suffered a death or injury and/or family members of active or retired Arizona public safety officers or firefighters.

The 100 Club of Arizona does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status or age, in the administration of its scholarship program.

Application Details

Eligibility –

In order to be eligible for a 100 Club of Arizona scholarship one of the following must apply to you:

  • You are an immediate family member* of a sworn/certified full-time public safety officer or firefighter serving in the State of Arizona**
  • You are an immediate family member* of a public safety officer or firefighter who met retirement eligibility from the State of Arizona
  • **You are not eligible if you are employed as a sworn/certified officer or firefighter

The 100 Club of Arizona may place restrictions on certain scholarships, restricting the application to one of the above categories, or a subset of one or both of the above categories.

Scholarship Types –
Scholarships may be awarded for eligible persons wishing to pursue a course of study beyond high school (scholarships are not awarded for post-graduate study). Eligible programs include but are not limited to:

  • Accredited colleges and universities
  • Post secondary trade schools

The following scholarship awards may be offered by the 100 Club:

  • One time awards covering tuition, books, fees and/or housing
  • Multi-year renewable awards covering tuition, books, fees and/or housing
  • Equipment awards including, but not limited to, special accommodation student needs and/or technology equipment

Application Process –
To apply for a scholarship for the 2012-2013 School Year, download the online application. Applications will be accepted in person, via mail, or via facsimile. The 100 Club is not responsible for applications sent via fax or mail that are not received in a timely manner. Please verify that your application has been received if there is any doubt.

Contact:
100 Club of Arizona
5033 N. 19th Avenue, Suite 123
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Phone: (602) 485-0100
Fax: (602) 242-1715
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: 100club.org

Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board
The Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board offers an educational benefit that varies on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board with all inquiries.

Contact:
Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-8472
Website: azag.gov


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same benefits as for children, except for age limits. 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: azregents.edu

Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board
The Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board offers an educational benefit that varies on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board with all inquiries.

Contact:
Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-8472
Website: azag.gov


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Contact:
100 Club of Arizona
5033 N. 19th Avenue, Suite 123
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Phone: (602) 485-0100
Fax: (602) 242-1715
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: 100club.org

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 members of active or retired public safety officers and firefighters throughout the state of Arizona.

The 100 club also is affiliated with the Safety Enhancement Stipends (SES) program. This program allows agencies to obtain equipment and training that is unavailable through other funding.

The 100 club services the entire state.

Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnham St
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (800) 225-3108
Website: www.woodmen.org

Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a member in good standing of one of our other benefits.

First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.


Health Insurance

Contact:
Arizona Department of Insurance
2910 N. 44th St, Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ 85018-7269
Phone: (602) 364-2393
Website: id.state.az.us

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.


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.