These incentives require firefighters to participate in a set number of calls and meet FFI or FFII certification in order to receive benefits. Those seeking tuition assistance must sign a five year commitment to the fire company to receive it.
Summary of Benefits Listed below:
- Health Insurance
- Tuition Reimbursement ($10,000)
- Lost Wage Reimbursement
- New Turnout Gear
- Childcare for Training
- POV Gas Cards
- Length of Service
- Training Materials
- Life Insurance
- Physical Exams
Earn These Benefits by becoming a Certified Volunteer Firefighter!
Thanks to a recent SAFER Grant through FEMA, the Allegheny Mountain Firefighters Initiative member departments are able to support their members with the following exceptional benefits!
IN ORDER TO RECEIVE ANY OF THESE BENEFITS THE MEMBER MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE.
Junior members become eligible on their 18th birthday.
Physical Exams for New Members
In order to receive new turnout gear, new members who were 18 or older on April 5, 2013, must take and pass an NFPA 1582 physical. Physicals only apply to new members. The member must PASS the physical in order for the department to receive reimbursement for the exam and the turnout gear.
Firefighter Training Materials
All members are eligible for training including CPR/FIRST AID, HAZ-MAT OPS, DELMAR, BUCKS FIRE ACADEMY, FF1, and FF2, including training and any materials i.e.: books, handouts, websites. Exception: Any training that is a requirement of membership for any department is not reimbursable by FEMA rule.
Lost Wage Reimbursement
All members who attend training may receive reimbursement for lost reportable and taxable income while engaged in training leading to FF1 or FF2 certification. Reimbursement will be made only after certification is earned. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO TIME LOST WHILE ATTENDING TRAINING.
Childcare for Training
All members who attend training may receive reimbursement for required childcare while engaged in training leading to FF1 or FF2 certification. Reimbursement will be made only after certification is earned.
New Turnout Gear
New members who earn their firefighter one certification and pass the required physical shall receive NFPA compliant turnout gear including helmet, hood, coat, pants, boots, gloves, and suspenders. The department reimbursement will not exceed $2000. Gear remains the property of the fire department.
POV Gas Cards
Each January, members holding firefighter one or two certifications and who have answered at least 15% of the department’s alarms shall be eligible to receive a Gas Card as reimbursement for the use of their (POV) personally owned vehicle. The amount will be determined based on the total members who qualify for the award.
Tuition Reimbursement (Up to $10,000)
Members holding firefighter one or two certifications, may be reimbursed up to $2,500 per GRANT year provided proof payment to an accredited college or trade school is provided, along with record of successful completion of those courses.
Basic & Expanded Health Coverage
Members holding firefighter one or two certifications, who do not have and can not qualify for health insurance may be eligible for coverage for through the Partnering for Health Clinic using UPMC/Altoona.
Minimum Group Size: (25) Those holding a firefighter two certification may be eligible to receive vision, dental and critical illness benefits.
Members who hold or earn firefighter two certification during the grant period are eligible to receive a $10,000 whole life insurance policy.
Length of Service Award
Members who hold or earn firefighter two certification during the grant period and who fulfill 20 years of service will be eligible to receive a $2,500 Length of Service Award
For additional details, please review the reimbursement forms. Reimbursement amounts are limited by the amount of the FEMA SAFER GRANT.