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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

Md. PUBLIC SAFETY Code Ann 7-203

Summary Title

Workers' Compensation: Volunteer Firefighter or Rescue Squad Death Benefit

Summary

A volunteer firefighter or a member of a rescue squad, who is killed while performing their duties in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia, will be entitled to workers' compensation.

Full Title

Death benefits

Full Text

(a) Eligibility. -- (1) The Board shall pay death benefits under this section if a member of a volunteer fire company or member of a volunteer rescue squad dies: (i) as a direct result of actively participating in fighting a fire; (ii) while going to or from a fire; (iii) while performing other duties necessary to the operation or maintenance of the fire company; (iv) while actively participating in the ambulance, advanced life support, or rescue work of a volunteer advanced life support unit or volunteer fire, ambulance, or rescue company located in the State; or (v) while providing emergency or rescue assistance, whether acting alone or at the direction of or with a fire, ambulance, or rescue company or advanced life support unit. (2) A benefit under this subsection shall be paid: (i) regardless of the district in which the decedent died; or (ii) regardless of whether the decedent died in this State, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia.