Retirees may now Volunteer Services After Retirement
At the October 20, 2004 Board of Trustees meeting of the Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund, the Trustees resolved that full time and volunteer firefighters, after retiring from service with their respective fire departments and commencing to receive benefits from this Fund, may then volunteer to donate their time, service and resources to assist their local fire department in any capacity deemed appropriate to their expertise. So long as the retired firefighter is not compensated by the hour, by the call, per diem, by added premium to county or municipal service, or in any manner related to his/her service; the retired firefighter may continue to receive retirement benefits.
The determinant of whether a firefighter is compensated or not compensated will rest with the production of tax reporting documentation for the individual. If a Form W-2 or Form 1099 is issued to report taxable income or transfer payments to a retired firefighter, then compensation will be presumed and benefits will be suspended. If a retired firefighter is reimbursed for purchases made for personal equipment or on behalf of a fire department, bona fide receipts, certified by the firefighter as correct, must be maintained and available to the pension office on request for a period not to exceed seven years.
Representatives of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund reserve the right to audit department records to determine the veracity of any firefighter's status at any time.
Ref. O.C.G.A. 47-7-101 (b) and AG Op. Att'y Gen. U75-31