Idaho Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated June 2011

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Career firefighters: A death benefit of $100,000 is payable to the surviving spouse of a public safety officer who dies as a direct and proximate cause of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty.

If there is no surviving spouse, the benefit will be divided among the dependent children under the age of 21 at the time of the death.

This benefit is not subject to state income tax.

Only public safety officers whose primary occupation is that of preventing and extinguishing fires are covered under this law.

Contact:
Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)
607 N. 8th St.
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0078
Phone: (208) 334-3365
Toll-Free: (800) 451-8228
Website: persi.idaho.gov

(Reference: Cpt 13 title 59-1361A Idaho Code, Public Safety Officer Death Benefit)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Spousal benefit is 45% of the average weekly state wage, not to exceed 500 weeks. Spouse with dependent children receives an additional 5% per child, not to exceed 60% of total average weekly state wage.

If spouse remarries, he or she receives a lump sum in an amount equal to the lesser of 180 weeks or the total benefit for the balance of the 500 weeks at 45% of the current average weekly state wage.

Volunteer firefighters: Income benefits are based upon the average weekly wages in their regular employment.

Contact:
Idaho State Industrial Commission
317 Main Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0041
Phone: (208) 334-8000
Toll-Free: (800) 950-2110
Website: www.iic.idaho.gov


FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $6,000 for burial expenses.

Contact:
Idaho State Industrial Commission
317 Main Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0041
Phone: (208) 334-8000
Toll-Free: (800) 950-2110
Website: www.iic.idaho.gov


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

If a paid firefighter is killed or sustains injury from which death results while in the performance of his job, a death benefit will be paid to the firefighter’s beneficiary.

The monthly amount paid to the beneficiary:

  • Option I firefighter (Class A): 65% of the statewide average firefighter’s salary.
  • Option II firefighter hired before July 1, 1976 (Class B) and Option II firefighter hired July 1, 1976 and after (former Class C): 65% of the individual’s final average salary.

Annual Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) would be added.

Career firefighters: Spouse of paid firefighter is eligible to receive a lifetime benefit from the Firemen’s Retirement Fund equal to the amount the firefighter would have received had retirement taken place on the date of death. Benefit can be no less than a monthly sum of 65% of average wages in Idaho or the deceased firefighter’s average monthly salary or wage based on the final compensation.

If spouse should die, or if no spouse, surviving children receive the benefit until age 18 or marriage, whichever is first. If only children survive, benefits given to children until age 18 or marriage, whichever comes first.

Contact:
Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)
607 N. 8th St.
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0078
Phone: (208) 334-3365
Toll-Free: (800) 451-8228
Website: persi.idaho.gov

(Reference: Idaho statutes Title 72; Workers Comp and Related Laws Industrial Comm. Cpt 14)

» View the Firefighter Retirement Fund Handbook


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

For dependents of full-time or part-time firefighters, including volunteers, killed or disabled in the line of duty. The state waives all tuition and fees at Idaho public institutions of higher learning or public professional-technical colleges. Eligible survivors may also receive on-campus housing and meal plan, and a maximum book allowance of $500 per semester or quarter or other period

Limit is 36 months or four 9-month periods. Benefits shall not exceed 10 years past the date the dependent receives a high school diploma, or equivalency, or beyond the date the dependent turns age 30, whichever event comes first.

Public safety officer must have been resident of Idaho at the time of his or her death or disability.

Contact:
Public Safety Officers Dependent Scholarship
Idaho State Board of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037
Phone: (208) 334-2270
Fax: (208) 334-2632
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.boardofed.idaho.gov
Also See: Public Safety Officer Scholarship

(Reference: ID Statutes Title 33 Ed, cpt 43 Scholarships)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

None.


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.