Rhode Island Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated February 2012

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Benefit is equal to 40% of amount provided by the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program and is adjusted annually. The firefighter must have died from injuries received while in the performance of his or her duties. Beneficiaries include the surviving spouse and, if no surviving spouse, the child or children of the firefighter. If there is no surviving spouse or children, the parents are eligible, if they were at least 50 percent financially dependent on the firefighter.

Contact:
Department of Labor and Training
Police Officer & Fire Fighter Board/Relief Fund
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-8855
Fax: (401) 462-8766
Website: www.dlt.ri.gov
Email: [email protected]

(Reference: RI Code 45-19-4.3)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Unlike most employees, the rights and benefits available to police officers, career fire fighters and other emergency personel injured in the line of duty, whether employed by the State or a local town or city, is limited to the “Injured on Duty” statute, R.I.G.L. 45-19-1 and not the Workers’ Compensation Act. State statute 28-29-2 specifically excludes volunteers and any members of regularly organized fire departments.

However, individual municipalities provide benefits as well as some firefighter unions. Check with benefits officer of the fire department.

(See Injured on Duty (Rhode Island General Laws 45-19-1 to 19))

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Division
Department of Labor and Training
Center General Complex
1151 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-8100
Fax: (401) 462-8105
Website: www.dlt.ri.gov/wc/
Email: [email protected]


FUNERAL BENEFIT

Up to $5,000

Please contact the decedent’s fire department benefits officer for guidance.

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN


In response to a pension-funding emergency, as of July 1, 2012, new guidelines will be in effect for municipal firefighters who are covered by the state retirement system. There are changes in both the Defined Benefit Plan and the Defined Contribution Plan. Contact the member’s fire department’s human resources coordinator for how firefighters in your jurisdiction are impacted.

Contact:
Employees Retirement System of Rhode Island
50 Service Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 462-7600
Website: www.ersri.org

(Source: An Employees Guide to Understanding the Rhode Island Retirement Security Act (2011), found on the ERSRI website)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Tuition waiver for undergraduate education at state colleges or universities. Student must start college between ages 16 and 21. Benefit available for the normal period of time for completing the course of study, up to four years.

Contact:
Department of Labor and Training
Police Officer & Fire Fighter Board/Relief Fund
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-8855
Fax: (401) 462-8766
Website: www.dlt.ri.gov
Email: [email protected]

(Reference: Rhode Island Code 45-19-12.1)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

100 Club of Rhode Island, Inc.
222 Chestnut Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 421-2500
Website: www.100clubri.com
$25,000 immediately provided to the spouse or children. Dependent children receive an education benefit of up to $3,500 per year. Children under age 18 receive an annual $1,000 bond in July.


SPECIAL PROGRAM

Relief of Injured and Deceased Fire Fighters and Police Officers provides benefits if paid, volunteer, or auxiliary firefighter is killed or dies from injuries received while in the performance of his or her duty as a member or dies of a heart condition, respiratory ailments, or any condition derived from hypertension while still a member. Benefit of $3,600 per year ($300 per month) paid to spouse as long as spouse does not remarry. An additional $1,200 a year to the spouse for each child under age 18 or disabled and incapable of self-support. Law makes provisions for other possible situations. Amounts not affected by contributions from other sources. Funded by the state.

Contact:
Department of Labor and Training
Police Officer & Fire Fighter Board/Relief Fund
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-8855
Fax: (401) 462-8766
Website: www.dlt.ri.gov
Email: [email protected]


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.