Montana Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated June 2011

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Full-Time Firefighters: The Montana State Fireman’s Association provides a $75,000 one-time line of duty death benefit, through a life insurance policy, for members. This includes $75,000 for accidental death not related to an LODD. For more information see Montana State Fireman’s Association’s website.

Contact:
Montana State Firemen’s Association
PO Box 3383
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 498-5842 (cell)
Website: www.montanasfa.org
E-mail: [email protected]


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Spouse benefit is 66 2/3% of employee’s wage,for 500 weeks or until remarriage. Unmarried children receive benefits until age 18 or later if disabled, or until age 22 if full-time students or enrolled in an accredited apprenticeship program.

Volunteer Firefighters: Definition of employee includes an enrolled member of a volunteer fire department. The term “volunteer firefighter” means a firefighter who is an enrolled and active member of a fire company organized and funded by a county, rural fire district, or a fire service area. The trustees and/or governing body may elect to include any volunteer firefighter. A volunteer firefighter who receives workers’ compensation coverage may not receive disability benefits.

Contact:
Department of Labor and Industry
P.O. Box 1728
Helena, MT 59604-1728
Phone: (406) 444-2840 or (406) 444-0532
Fax: (406) 444-1394
Website: www.dli.mt.gov
E-mail: [email protected]

(Reference: Montana Annotated Code 39-71-721)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum burial benefit of $4,000 under Workers’ Compensation.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation
Employee Relations
PO Box 8011
Helena, MT 59604
Phone: (406) 444-6543
Website: www.dli.mt.gov
E-mail: [email protected]

Career firefighters: Receive up to $750 under PERS.

Volunteer firefighters: Receive up to $1,400 under PERS.

Contact:
Public Employee’s Retirement Administration (PERA)
100 N Park Avenue, Suite 200
PO Box 200131
Helena, MT 59620-0131
Phone: (406)444-3154
Toll Free: (877) ASK-PERB
Fax: (406) 444-5428
Website: mpera.mt.gov
E-mail: [email protected]


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Career firefighters covered under the Firefighters’ Unified Retirement System (FURS). Designated survivor receives one-half of the highest salary over 36 consecutive months or service retirement benefit if greater. Includes an annual cost-of-living adjustment.

(Reference: Firefighters United Retirement Handbook, July 2010, Pages 28)

Contact:
Public Employee’s Retirement Administration (PERA)
100 N Park Avenue, Suite 200
PO Box 200131
Helena, MT 59620-0131
Phone: (406)444-3154
Toll Free: (877) ASK-PERB
Fax: (406) 444-5428
Website: mpera.mt.gov
E-mail: [email protected]


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Benefit waives registration and incidental fees for the surviving child of any Montana firefighter killed in the course and scope of employment. Regents may waive tuition. This waiver shall not apply to the extent that any such person is eligible for educational benefits from any governmental or private benefit program that provides comparable benefits.

Contact:
Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner on Higher Education
Montana University System
2500 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
Phone: (406) 444-6570
Website: www.mus.edu

(Reference: MT Annotated Code 20-25-421; MT Board of Regents Policy 940.13)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Benefit waives registration and incidental fees for the surviving spouse of any Montana firefighter killed in the course and scope of employment. Regents may waive tuition.

Contact:
Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner on Higher Education
Montana University System
2500 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
Phone: (406) 444-6570
Website: www.mus.edu


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

One-time death benefit for members. See above.

Contact:
Montana State Firemen’s Association
PO Box 3383
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 498-5842 (cell)
Website: www.montanasfa.org
Email: [email protected]


 

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.