Ohio State Firefighters Association

P.O. Box 400
Mogadore, Ohio 44260
800-825-OSFA (6732)

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(To be maintained with the department's records - Do not Send to the O.S.F.A)

The officers of the Ohio State Firefighters Association are pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2008, a line of duty death benefit will be available to our members as part of your membership to the Association.  To participate in this program, departments must pre-register with the Secretary/Treasurer and agree to keep current beneficiary information for their members on file. 


The Association will pay a $1000 benefit to a member that dies in the line of duty.  This benefit will be regulated by our Awards Committee and will be governed by the following rules:


  1. Firefighter or EMT must be a member of a Fire Department or EMS Squad that is a member of the OSFA.
  2. The personís death must occur during or as a result of an emergency incident.  Emergency is defined as a response for fire, rescue, emergency medical activity, or the presumption that an emergency has occurred.
  3. In the event of a heart attack, it must have occurred within twenty-four (24) hours of the emergency.
  4. Preferably the death should be reported to the O.S.F.A. within twenty-four (24) hours of the occurrence.  The O.S.F.A. will make every effort to deliver this money within twenty-four (24) hours of the notification.
  1. The member fire department must have pre-registered with the O.S.F.A Secretary/Treasurer as to the number of members on their active roster and current beneficiary information must be kept on file with the department.
  2. The decision of the Awards Committee will be final.


Current beneficiary information must be kept on file at the memberís department.  It will also be necessary for the department to provide written verification that the individual was part of the member organization.  The member department must also provide an immediate contact person and phone number to be reached in the event additional information is needed.  Failure to have current beneficiary information on file could delay payment of these funds, should they be needed.  In the event that current beneficiary information is not on file, the benefit will be paid in the following order:


  1. Surviving spouse.


  1. Surviving parents.


  1. Surviving next of kin (brother or sister)


  1. The person handling the funeral arrangement.


It is the intent of the association to provide immediate funds for the family to use for funeral arrangements or other incidentals they may need.

A beneficiary form is available by clicking on the link provided.  This form is for departmental use only, please DO NOT forward to The O.S.F.A.  Thanks to Chief Jim Beckner of the Hamden Fire Department for sharing this document.


For more information concerning this payment, please contact the Secretary/Treasurer at 800-825-6732.  Be sure to register your department by retuning the form provided to:  O.S.F.A. Secretary/Treasurer, P.O. Box 400, Mogadore, OH 44260-0400 or faxing it to 800-825-6732.


Remember, this program starts January 1st, 2008 but registrations are being accepted now.  Be sure to register your department right away.



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