"It can't happen to me." That is what some emergency responders believe when it comes to line-of-duty injuries. But, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported more than 68,085 firefighter injuries were reported in the US in 2015. Of these, 29,130 were injuries at the fireground. Fireground injuries occur at the fire emergency scene and the surrounding area. Non-fireground injuries are all other injuries that occur outside of the fireground. These include responding and returning from incidents, non-fire emergencies, training and other on-duty activities.
Some emergency personnel believe that workers' compensation will take care of their families' financial needs in the event of a service-related injury, illness or death.
Sadly, many learn that even with generous workers' compensation benefits, gaps exist. Waiting periods, maximum disability limits, pre-existing conditions and limits for heart conditions are just a few situations that can create economic impact due to limited benefits or claims denial. In addition, workers’ compensation may exclude benefits for fundraising events, junior members and auxiliary members.
Don't rely solely on workers' compensation. Protect your members with VFIS Accident and Sickness coverage.
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Accident and Sickness coverage is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania insurance company, with its principal place of business at 175 Water Street, 15th Floor, New York, New York, 10038. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., has an A.M. Best rating of A (Excellent) with an XV financial size. It is currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. NAIC No. 19445. Find information on Canada.
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