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.