Plan Eligibility Requirements

WRS understands that each volunteer fire department determines the make-up and schedule of its monthly meetings, as well as attendance requirements for its firefighters. To avoid confusion, WRS interprets the statutory requirements for participation in the Plan to be that a volunteer fire department must hold at least one meeting per calendar month to conduct business and/or training, and volunteer firefighters electing to participate in the Plan must attend at least 50 percent of those monthly meetings.

Therefore, if a department holds one meeting per month, its firefighters must attend no less than six meetings in a calendar year. If a department schedules more than one meeting per month, a firefighter still needs to only attend one meeting per month for no less than six months in a calendar year to remain eligible for the Plan. Only one meeting per month shall count toward the attendance requirement.

Any firefighter that does not meet the attendance requirement as herein interpreted will have his/her contributions for the year returned and lose 12 months of service credit.

Statute

Wyo. Stat. § 35-9-616(a)(ix) defines “volunteer fire department” as “any duly constituted and organized firefighting unit: … (D) Holding monthly meetings to conduct business and training; ….” Wyo. Stat. § 35-9-616(a)(x) defines “volunteer firefighter” as “any individual who may or may not receive compensation for services rendered as a volunteer firefighter and who: (A) Is carried on the regular rolls of, but devotes less than his entire time of employment to activities of a volunteer fire department, all or a portion of the members of which are volunteer; and (B) During the course of any one (1) year, attends not less than fifty percent (50%) of the monthly volunteer fire department meetings.”

Compliance

In an ongoing effort to confirm that volunteer fire departments participating in the Volunteer Firefighter and EMT Pension Plan (the Plan) are in compliance with Wyoming law and WRS regulatory requirements, ten departments will be randomly chosen each calendar quarter for an audit.