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  • 12/18/2001
  • WildlandFire.com Team
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Several days ago Hickman sent a question regarding benefits in to Cynthia Y. Simons, Benefits Specialist at the DOJ. He cc-ed us. Here is his question and her reply
—– Original Message —–
>>> ” Hickman” 12/13/01 09:45PM >>>
I was reading a resent post in a fire forum about a firefighter who was killed during a wildland fire operation in Idaho. His family was denied benefits since he was under contract by a private contractor who hired him. The contractor appeared to be working under a contract with the state or forest service at the time of the incident. I guess my question would deal with a possible situation similar to this: If a firefighter was working under a contract with a company such as Rural Metro, which works under contract with cities or fire districts to provide fire protection, would their firefighters be covered under PSO benefits in case of death? If so what would be the difference between the wildland firefighter and the Rural Metro firefighter, since they both work under contract?

Thank you for your Information
From: “Cynthia Simons” 
Cc: “BJA ASK” ; “Valerie Neal” 
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2001 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: PSO benifits

Hi Hickman

The difference is whether the firefighter was being paid by the state, forest service or contractor.

If the firefighter was paid by the contractor who was under contract with the state or forest service when the line of duty death occurred, then his survivors would not be eligible for the benefit. If the firefighter was under contract, but was paid by the state or forest service then his survivors would be eligible for the benefit, if it was a line of duty death.

I hope this helps.

If have any additional questions you can e-mail us again, or you can call 1-888-744-6513.

Cynthia Simons

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