Maine Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated July 2011

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Benefit of $50,000 if State Fire Marshal determines firefighter died in the line of duty. Line of duty is defined as sustaining an injury or illness during performance of official duties that results in death.

If no surviving child, surviving spouse receives total benefit. If surviving spouse and children, 50% to the spouse and the other 50% to the child or children in equal shares. At the time of death, the child must be conceived or less than 19 years of age, 19 or more years of age, but less than 25 years of age, and accepted for admission or enrolled in a full-time postsecondary educational institution, or 19 or more years of age and is incapable of self-support because of a physical or mental disability. If no surviving child or spouse, benefit to the parents in equal shares.

Contact:
Office of the State Fire Marshal
52 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0052
Phone: (207) 626-3870
Website: www.maine.gov


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Benefit of up to 90% of state average weekly wage (SAWW) for up to 500 weeks. Maximum amount applies. SAWW will adjust on July 1 every year.

The law includes a presumption that an injury or cardiovascular/pulmonary disease is related to duties if the disease, injury or death occurred within 6 months of having participated in firefighting or active firefighting training or drill.

Volunteer firefighters: Act includes active members of volunteer fire associations as employees. The average weekly wage must be taken to be the earning capacity in the occupation in which the employee was regularly engaged.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Board
27 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0027
Phone: (207) 287-3751 or
Toll Free (Maine Only): (888) 801-9087
Fax: (207) 287-7198
Website: www.maine.gov/wcb

(Reference: Maine 39-A § 211-215, Chapter 7 § 328-A Title 39 WC, Chapter 17)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $4,000 for burial expenses and $3,000 incidental compensation to the employee’s estate.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Board
27 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0027
Phone: (207) 287-3751 or
Toll Free (Maine Only): (888) 801-9087
Fax: (207) 287-7198
Website: www.maine.gov/wcb

(Reference: Maine Revised Statutes 39 A § 216)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Career firefighters: Applies where towns participate in Maine State Retirement System (MSRS). For accidental, job-related death, spouse with no dependent children receives monthly benefits for life based on 2/3 average final compensation. Spouse with dependent children receives monthly benefits based on 100% AFC until children no longer dependent; spouse’s benefit based on 2/3 average final compensation after that. Children eligible if unmarried and under age 18, or under age 22 if full-time student.

Not every town participates in MSRS. Check with Benefits Officer of the fallen firefighter’s department for correct retirement benefit information.

Contact:
Maine State Retirement System
46 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0046
Phone: (207) 512-3100
Toll-Free: (800) 451-9800
Fax: (207) 512-3101
Website: www.mainepers.org


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Tuition waivers for children of firefighters killed in the line of duty or as a result of injuries received from external causes as a result of the active performance of their official duties. Tuition waivers valid at state post-secondary education institutions within the University of Maine System, the Maine Technical College System, the Maine Community College system, or at the Maine Maritime Academy. Only 30 such grants available per year.

Limited to five years of full-time enrollment. Eligibility limited to residents of Maine.

Children must have been under the age of 21 at the time of the parent’s death. This benefit also covers eligible foster children.

Contact:
Finance Authority of Maine
5 Community Drive
P.O. Box 949
Augusta, ME 04332-0949
Phone: (207) 623-3263
Toll-Free: (800) 228-3734
Fax: (207) 623-0095
Website: www.famemaine.com

(Reference: Maine Tuition Waiver Program)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same as for children, except for age.

Contact:
Finance Authority of Maine
5 Community Drive
P.O. Box 949
Augusta, ME 04332-0949
Phone: (207) 623-3263
Toll-Free: (800) 228-3734
Fax: (207) 623-0095
Website: www.famemaine.com

(Reference: Maine Tuition Waiver Program)

NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Provides scholarships of children of Maine workers who are killed and who are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Contact:
Kids’ Chance Maine
Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship
MEMIC (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company)
261 Commercial Street
P.O. Box 11409
Portland, ME 04104
Phone: (207) 791-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 660-1306
Fax: (207) 791-3336


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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.