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OF INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Issue 13 and Volume 79.

OF INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS Volunteer Firemen Protected by Compensation Law and Accident Insurance It has been generally considered that volunteer firemen were under the provisions of the Workman’s Compensation Law, and one of the liability insurance companies agreed and did write some compensation insurance on volunteer firemen, but it is a question whether such policies are of any value. A city or town is not liable for damages for injuries to volunteer firemen, according to American Municipalities, so it would seem that members of volunteer fire companies must carry their own risks in protecting the property from fire. This is hardly fair to the firemen when they usually act as volunteer firemen with little or no compensation. Rulings have recently been made by the Industrial Commissioner and the Attorney General. Industrial Commissioner “This department has uniformly held that members of a voluntary fire company are not entitled to…

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