Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

La. R.S. 23:1036

Summary Title

Workers' Compensation: Volunteer Firefighter


A volunteer firefighter, who is injured or killed while participating in normal functions of the fire company, is entitled to workers' compensation through the state fire marshal's workers' compensation insurance.

Full Title

Volunteer firefighter

Full Text

C. (1) The state fire marshal shall obtain workers’ compensation insurance for volunteer members, as defined herein, who participate in the normal functions of the fire company. Nothing shall prohibit the state fire marshal from obtaining an insurance policy to provide coverage for a single fire company or multiple fire companies. (2) A person covered under this Subsection is entitled to medical benefits pursuant to R.S. 23:1203, which benefits shall not be subject to a copayment, deductible, or any other method to shift the cost of compensable medical care to the injured volunteer member. (3) Any member who is not carried on the membership list of the organization as of the date of the member’s injury shall not be entitled to the benefits of this Section. (4) The fire chief shall by written affidavit attest to the fact that the injury to the volunteer member occurred while the volunteer member was in the line of duty.