Iowa Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Career Firefighters: See below under Pension benefits.

Paid On-Call: Benefit of $100,000 if death is the direct result of a traumatic personal injury incurred in the line of duty. Volunteer firefighters: Annual appropriations to pay death benefit for volunteer firefighters and emergency responders if determined eligible by the Department of Public Safety.

Effective July 1, 2004: If the death of a volunteer emergency services provider is the direct and proximate result of a heart attack or stroke, it will be presumed to be the result of a traumatic personal injury if the provider engaged in a non-routine stressful or strenuous physical activity within the scope of the provider’s duties. The death must have resulted while engaging in that activity, while still on duty after engaging in that activity or not later than 24 hours after engaging in that activity, presuming that medical evidence is not to the contrary.

Contact:
State Fire Marshal’s Office
Department of Public Safety
215 E. 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0047
Phone: (515) 725-6145
Fax: (515) 725-6172 or (515) 725-6140
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.dps.state.ia.us

(Reference: Iowa Code 100B.31 – Does not apply to career members)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Benefit is 80% of worker’s final compensation for surviving spouse or spouse with children. Spouse receives two-year lump sum amount upon remarriage if there are no children. Children receive benefits until age 18 or longer if disabled and incapable of self-support, or until 25 if full- time student.

Volunteer firefighters: Computation based on what the firefighter would have received if injured in the normal cause of regular employment or an amount equal to 160% of state average weekly wage, whichever is greater.

Contact:
Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319-0209
Phone: (515) 281-5387
Toll-Free: (800) JOB-IOWA
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.iowaworkforce.org

(Reference: Iowa Code W Comp § 85. 28/31)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum burial allowance of $7,500.

Contact:
Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319-0209
Phone: (515) 281-5387
Toll-Free: (800) JOB-IOWA
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.iowaworkforce.org

(Reference: Iowa Code W Comp § 85. 28/31)


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Career firefighters: For accidental death in the line of duty, spousal benefit is 50% of average final compensation, plus for each child, a benefit equal to 6% of the compensation payable to an active member holding the highest grade in the rank. Annual readjustment of pensions. Any heart, lung or respiratory disease is presumed to have been contracted in the line-of-duty. A single lump-sum payment may be substituted for a pension equally $100,00.

Contact:
Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa (MFPRSI)
7155 Lake Drive, Suite 201
West Des Moines 50266
Phone: (515) 254-9200
Toll free: (888) 254-9200
Website: www.mfprsi.org


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

None.


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

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.

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


 

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.