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Fire and Rescue Commission


Line of Duty Death - Benefits

Benefits Assistance Program in North Carolina


To assist fire departments and rescue squads in assuring all Federal and State benefits are pursued for the surviving spouse and/or family.

Since 1997, the Office of State Fire Marshal has assisted fire departments and rescue squads in the event of a line of duty death (LODD) in North Carolina.

This assistance is conducted in cooperation with thefollowing organizations: Federal Public Safety Officer Benefits, North Carolina Industrial Commission, North Carolina Department of Labor, North Carolina Pension Fund, Volunteer Safety Workers Compensation Fund, U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Academy, NFPA, NIOSH, North Carolina State Firemens Association, North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS, Inc., North Carolina Forest Service (DENR), and North Carolina Society of Fire/Rescue Instructors.

What constitutes an on duty fatality?

A line of duty death includes any injury or illness sustained, while on duty, which proves to be fatal.