PSOB Act Disability Benefits: Is Your Department Prepared?

No one likes to think about the prospect of a fellow firefighter dying in the line of duty, but it happens. The Public Safety Officers Benefits (PSOB) Act provides important benefits to survivors of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to...


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Both the NFFF and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which administers PSOB, have made special efforts to reach out to families and departments in their time of need. The NFFF enables departments to pre-plan for a tragedy by providing two powerful resources on its website, www.firehero.org: a line-of-duty death checklist and a summary of steps for filing a PSOB claim.

It still is critical that each department designates an individual to be well versed on the application procedures for both state and federal benefits. Just as we pre-plan for emergency responses of various types, we should also pre-plan for the possibility of a tragedy within our department.


Steve Blackistone, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is an attorney and a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Montgomery County, MD.