Fire Fighter Relief & Pension Fund Information

 


NOTICE: 

 

Please direct any correspondence or questions to Cassie Peters Deputy Director / Fire Training Coordinator at cpeters@dffm.az.gov regarding the Volunteer Fire Fighter Relief and Pension Fund, and/or the Public Safety Pension and Retirement Systems Qualifying Report filings.

 

Instructions and Forms

 

Please note: we no longer mail out letters reminding departments to post.

 


 

 
 

 

VFFRPF Letter FY-2017

 

Please review the reporting forms for this calendar year's distribution of the Arizona Fire Insurance Premium Tax. For calendar year 2017, the funds will be distributed in July of 2018. The proceeds of the distribution are used to fund pension programs for volunteer and paid firefighters. The requirements for the programs are detailed in A.R.S. Title 9, Chapter 8, Articles 3 and 4 for Volunteer Firefighter pensions and Title 38, Chapter 5, Article 4 for Public Safety Personnel Retirement System participants.

 

If your department has not participated in the Volunteer Firefighter Relief and Pension Fund in the past, simply submitting reports to the Office of the State Fire Marshal will not qualify the department for fund distribution. Please review the above referenced statutes for information on how to create a pension program BEFORE submitting any forms. The forms REQUIRE action by the Board of Trustees of the fund before they can be filed.

 

Departments that only participate in PSPRS are required to fill out and submit the form titled “Qualifying Report-Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System

 

Departments that have volunteer firefighters must fill out and submit the completed “Report of Volunteer Fire Fighters Relief and Pension Fund “ 

 

If your department has volunteer’s, and paid firefighters in PSPRS, you must completed and submit BOTH reports.

PLEASE NOTE: THE REQUIRED COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL/PENSION AUDIT (CAFR)(CAPR) REPORT IS NOT THE "ACTUARIAL VALUATION REPORT" MADE AVAILABLE TO EACH PARTICIPATING FIRE DEPARTMENT EACH YEAR  FROM PSPRS


DEADLINE FOR FILING:  SB1202 passed in 2017 CHANGED THE FILING DATES

SB 1202, was passed in 2017 which changed the submission dates for the participants in the Volunteer Fire Fighter’s Relief and Pension Fund. A.R.S. 9-956, Annual audit; report of secretary: sanction, section “D” now reads; 

 

       “If the Annual Pension Fund Report TOGETHER with the Comprehensive Annual Financial/PensionAudit Report (CAFR)(CAPR) is not submitted by March 31st to the state fire marshal, the participating INCORPORATED CITY OR TOWN OR FIRE DISTRICTS are not eligible to receive its share of the fire insurance tax monies under 9-952”.

 

Therefore, ALL DEPARTMENTS MUST HAVE THEIR REPORTS SUBMITTED INTO THE STATE FIRE MARSHALS OFFICE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS DAY ON MARCH 31ST 2018. 

 

FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REPORTS ON TIME WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF FUND ALLOCATION.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE SUBMSSION PROCESS

 

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12/7/2017