|FIREMEN’S BENEFIT AND WELFARE ASSOCIATION|
The Los Angeles County Firemen's Benefit & Welfare Association is a non-profit organization founded and administered by its members. These members include both active and retired employees of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Two funds benefit Fire Department members:
The Benefit Fund provides social and recreational activities for members, including the publication of the monthly Straight Streams magazine, hosting of the annual L.A. County firefighters picnic, subsidizing a portion of retiree admission to qualified retirement functions and, when available, discounted admission to a number of local and national entertainment venues.
The Welfare Fund provides various home care and special hospital equipment for members and their immediate dependents when such equipment is not, or is no longer covered, by insurance. This fund may also assist individuals who qualify for personal hardship, by providing financial aid during special times of need. Applications for aid are reviewed by the Board of Directors at their monthly meeting, and decided on a case-by-case basis.
The operating costs of the Association are supported by a voluntary monthly payroll deduction from active members. All permanent employees of the Los Angeles County Fire Department are eligible for this tax-deductible membership. Department retirees who were members throughout their active service shall continue as members but are not required to pay dues. For more information, including enrollment assistance, contact your area director, or visit the Association website at http://www.lacofire-benefit.org