Ohio Public Employees Retirement Service for Part-time Firefighters
Does anyone have information on why Part-time Firefighters are the only part-time employees now excluded from OPERS?
Is there any possibilities of this exclusion going away?
EMS only people are still in PERS, but firefighters aren't
I'm not sure when it was, but I think it was in the early to mid 90's when the system changed. I was in PERS at the time, and opted to stay in, but all new people had to be in social security. Once I switched departments, I had to go into social security. What's odd is that if you are EMS only, you are still in PERS. So, on one of my departments, if I cover for the full-time medic or run a weekend medic shift, I contribute to PERS, but if I were to cover for one of the full-time firefighters, I'd be contributing to social security.
Who is interested in having OPERS?
If you are interested in OPERS, please feel free to e-mail me your contact information. This is not a petition, just a statement of interest. I am setting up several meetings with local and state politicians to see if we can enact a change in the laws to allow part-time and volunteer FFs into OPERS. If I need a petition in the future, I will contact you using your contact information.
To e-mail my firehouse account just double click on my log in "ffbasic850" , one of the options is to send me an e-mail.
I have noticed a lot of people have viewed this thread but not posted a reply.
So far my research shows:
In the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code only refers to Full-time and Volunteer Firefighters, in regards to OPERS. The definition by the State of "Volunteer Firefighter" is any firefighter not a full-time fighter eligible for Ohio Police and Fire Retirement.
Also only Firefighters working in ?1992? were gven the choice to stay in OPERS or go into Social Security. But anyone hired after is relegated to SS.
Also some further research found that the ORC and OAC has a section in regards to insurance. Stating that insurance companies can't increase your premiums if you are involved in an MVA while fulfilling your duties (unless your personal vehicle or if you were drunk or intoxicated). Except the definition of "Firefighter" eliminates unpaid volunteers, you have to be regularly paid. So Full-time firefighters are protected but not Volunteers?
I am planning to meet with several state politicians to see if we can get these laws cleared up.