Volunteer Firefighter Disability Benefits
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As of January 1, 2019, the New York State Volunteer Firefighter Gap Coverage Cancer Disability Benefits Act (Chapter 334 of 2017) became effective. Under this law, volunteer firefighters would now be eligible to gain access to tax free disability and death benefits if they are diagnosed with certain cancers or disease due to their service to the community.

The New York State Volunteer Firefighter Gap Coverage Cancer Disability Benefits Act is crucial to helping those who volunteer to protect their communities and their families. This coverage helps with medical expenses by providing a lump sum payment of either $6,250 or $25,000, depending on the severity of the diagnosis. There is also a 36-month, $1,500 monthly benefit for those who are disabled and a $50,000 accidental death benefit for families.

Please consider sharing this information with any volunteer firefighters you know who may be battling cancer and help ensure they are aware of the assistance available to them. For more information, please contact the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control at 518-242-5202 or email William.davis@dhses.ny.gov.