Kansas firefighters group to receive $479,095

07/09/2014 11:47 AM

07/09/2014 11:48 AM

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.

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