How do I know if I am currently a member?

Payroll deduction code E0106 will appear on your paystub.

How do I know if I am eligible for membership?

An individual must meet the following criteria to become a member:

  • Must be a “Fire Series” employee per the Los Angeles County Fire Department Rules and Regulations.
  • Must not have reached one’s 41 st birthday.
  • Must be full-time and permanent.
  • Must apply within 23 months of the earliest eligibility date.

Do the benefits ever change?

Yes, every fiscal year the Board of Directors, in consultation with a Certified Public Accountant, establishes the benefit schedule for Relief, Retirement and Death. Rate schedules are in effect from July 1 through June 30.

How frequently does the membership dues increase?

Due to conservative financial stewardship and favorable market conditions, the membership dues has not been increased since 1926.

Is there a provision for emergency advances?

Yes, the Executive Secretary may authorize and make advances not to exceed five weeks benefits for the immediate relief of any disabled member.

Is there a time limit to file a claim?

Yes, three months from:

  • conclusion of a temporary disability
  • retirement or termination
  • death

May I file for benefits if it is an industrial injury?

No, the Relief Association does not a benefit claim for service-connected disabilities. Any benefit claim paid for a disability that is later determined to be service-connected must be repaid or a lien for indebtedness will be recorded.

If I have a question on a pending claim, who should I contact?

You may contact the Executive Secretary for inquiries on pending claims if it has been more than 30 days.