As of July 1, 2014, the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is responsible for administering the Firefighter Heart and Circulatory Malfunction Benefits (FCB) Fund. DOLA will reimburse qualifying employers for the costs of maintaining insurance coverage or alternate plans to provide the benefits required by CRS 29-5-302 to qualifying firefighters. Moneys in the FCB Fund will be used to reimburse employers for the direct costs of maintaining insurance coverage or alternate plans required by Senate Bill 14-172.
FCB Reimbursement Applications will be made available in the Formulaic Portal on July 15th and will close June 30th of the following year.
It is important for each applicant to review the FCB Online Reimbursement Instructions provided to ensure ease in the application process.
Forms and Resources
The following entities are eligible to receive reimbursement as “employers” under the FCB Program:
- A municipality that employs one or more firefighters,
- A special district that employs one or more firefighters,
- A fire authority that employs one or more firefighters, or
- A county improvement district that employs one or more firefighters.
To be qualified as a “firefighter” for purposes of the FCB Program, an individual must:
- Be an active employee of an employer,
- Be a full-time employee of an employer who regularly works at least one thousand six hundred (1600) hours in any calendar year,
- Perform duties that are directly involved with the provision of fire protection services, and
- Have at least five years of continuous full-time employment with an employer.