Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger will distribute nearly $12 million to 569 Firefighters Relief Associations across the state, she said in a news release Wednesday.
The purpose of the funds is to assist firefighters and their families in purchasing accident and health, disability and life insurance.
The funds come from a 2 percent tax on fire and lightning insurance policies purchased in Kansas. Distribution is based on a formula that accounts for the population and property value within each fire district.
The Kansas State Firefighters Association will receive $479,095 for education and research purposes and to help fund the state association’s death benefit fund.
In 2013, about $1.26 million in benefits was paid to firefighters as a result of injuries or disability; about $237,000 went to firefighters’ dependents.