COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Resolution to Recognize Albemarle County’s Volunteer Fire and Emergency Rescue Agencies Pursuant to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Eggleston, and Ms. Kim

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

May 13, 2009

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:    X       INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

BACKGROUND:

The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (“PSOB”) Act of 1976, 42 U.S.C. §§3796, et seq., provides one-time monetary benefits to the eligible survivors of public safety officers whose deaths result directly from traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty, or from certain cardiac conditions.  The PSOB Act also provides disability benefits for public safety officers who have been permanently and totally disabled by a catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty, if that injury permanently prevents the officer from performing any gainful work.  The United States Department of Justice administers all benefits granted under the Act. 

 

As defined by the Act, a qualifying “public safety officer” is an individual “serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, as a firefighter, as a chaplain, or as a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew.”  42 U.S.C. §3796b(9).  Before deeming the individuals who serve volunteer fire or emergency rescue agencies “public safety officers,” the Department of Justice requires local governments to affirm that those organizations are legally organized and authorized to provide fire and emergency rescue services.  The Board may accomplish this by adopting the attached Resolution.  The Board does not need to take any action regarding career staff or County volunteers at the Hollymead and Monticello stations because they already qualify as “public safety officers” under the Act.

 

After receiving information about the PSOB Act, the Albemarle County Fire Rescue Advisory Board (“ACFRAB”) voted at its March 25, 2009 meeting to request the Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution recognizing the fire and emergency rescue agencies for purposes of receiving benefits under the Act.  The County Attorney’s Office has prepared a single resolution recognizing all of the County’s volunteer fire/rescue organizations for the Board’s review and adoption.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1:  Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents. 

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The adoption of this Resolution has no budgetary impact on the County.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolution (Attachment A).

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A – Resolution to Recognize Albemarle County’s Volunteer Fire and Emergency Rescue Agencies Pursuant to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act

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