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Fire Services: Insurance

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what insurance protection for injury or death is provided for firefighters in relation to (a) standard fire and rescue work and (b) terrorist incidents. (203053)

The Firefighters' Compensation Scheme (England) Order 2006 provides for lump sum payments to be made in respect of firefighters who die or are permanently incapacitated on duty. A fixed amount equal to five times the annual pensionable pay of a firefighter with four years' service is paid if the person leaves dependants. £950 is paid if there are no dependants.

The scheme also provides for the payment of injury awards to firefighters injured on duty who are permanently disabled in the performance of duty. The award is based upon an assessment of loss of earnings capacity.

The scheme is non-contributory.