Firefighters Relief Fund Board of Trustees

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The Firefighters Relief Fund (FRF) was originally established in 1907 by the North Carolina Legislature to financially assist firefighters injured in the line of duty, and to ensure that no firefighter would become financially destitute through no fault of their own.  The current FRF laws are contained in G.S.§ 58-84 and G.S.§ 58-85.  The FRF is funded by a portion of the Gross Premium Tax (GPT) (G.S. 105-228.5(d)(3)) on insurance policies containing fire and lightning protection, as well as certain automotive policies.  Twenty percent of the GPT is dedicated to funding the FRF.  The Commissioner of Insurance distributes funds to local firefighter relief funds (LFRF) and the North Carolina State Firemen's Association (NCSFA) provides program oversight.  LFRF monies may used to provide financial assistance to injured or destitute firefighters, provide short term financial assistance for spouses and dependents of firefighters killed in the line of duty, provide supplemental retirement, or other certain defined benefitsA local five member board of trustees is established to administer an LFRF with two seats appointed by the local fire department, two seats appointed by the local governing body, and the remaining seat appointed by the insurance commission.  The board of trustees may appoint non-voting advisors as ex-officio members to the board, and shall appoint the fire chief as an ex-officio member if not serving as a  trustee.

Shelby Firefighters Relief Fund Board of Trustees:

Member Office  Appointment  Contact Term 
 Skip Warwick  Chairman  Fire Department  2021
 Jimmy Wellmon  Trustee  City Council   2021
 Justin Merritt  Treasurer  Insurance Commission  2020
 William (Bill) Weaver  Secretary  Fire Department  2020
 Cecil Burton  Trustee  City Council  2020
 William Hunt  Ex-Officio  LFRF Board 2021 
 Bernadette Parduski  Ex-Officio  LFRF Board 2020