Large Annual Benefit Fire Fund from Insurance Premiums in Kansas
The annual benefit fund from insurance premiums received in the State of Kansas during the calendar year of 1917 will amount to $63,631.33 for the fire departments. The statement of W. J. Bryden, actuary of the State Insurance Department. shows that the fire departments of the State will this year receive by far the largest benefit fund ever paid from the earnings of the fire insurance companies. Last year the records for Kansas were broken when a fund of $.55,000 was distributed. This year the fund is $6,500 in excess of the 1917 totaf. Every organized fire department in Kansas will receive benefits from the distribution to be made by Mr. Bryden and a fund of $831.03 will go to the Kansas Firemen’s Association. The fund is provided for the benefit of the various firemen’s organizations of the State, and is used as an endowment or pension fund for sick or disabled firemen or for the benefit of dependents of firemen killed in service. Two per cent, of the premiums of the insurance companies in towns with recognized and authorized fire departments is set aside for the fund, being paid into the State Insurance Department and distributed to the various organizations. A total of 184 organizations will receive benefits under the distribution.