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Are Volunteer Firefighters Protected If Injured on the Job?

In Iowa, many smaller communities rely on volunteer firefighters to protect them. Firefighting is a dangerous job, especially in residential areas. In addition to the danger posed by extreme heat and fire, volunteer firefighters are also exposed to chemicals and unstable structures. Injuries are common.

Workers' compensation benefits are critical for volunteer firefighters. Statistics show that volunteer firefighters are more likely to be injured than career firefighters. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly 14,870 volunteer firefighters were injured in just a few short years.

We have helped volunteer firefighters with injuries including:

  • Severe strains, sprains and serious wounds
  • Breaks
  • Thermal injuries including smoke inhalation
  • Burn injuries
  • Heart attack and stroke

Although volunteer firefighters are not paid, they receive special compensation under the Iowa Workers' Compensation Act. Under the law, volunteer firefighters are compensated based on the wage they would earn if they had been injured in their regular employment or 140 percent of the statewide average weekly wage, whichever is greater.

In addition to volunteer firefighters, anyone who works as a volunteer emergency medical provider, emergency rescue technician, emergency medical technician trainee or reserve police officer is also entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

We at Loney and Schueller thank you for your sacrifice, your volunteerism, and for your courage. If the unfortunate should happen, please know that we will be firmly on your side...fighting for you and your rights...and fighting for your full and rightful compensation! Call us at 515-225-4485. 

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