FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chris Carey, Stephanie Heintzleman Troy Markel, Joe Giorgi
VACORP and VFIS Announce Partnership Covering Volunteer Emergency Responders
ROANOKE, VA. – 5 March 2017 – Virginia localities, responsible for paying the costs of line of duty injuries to volunteer fire and rescue personnel, can now look to two established providers to cover these volunteers.
VACORP, Virginia’s largest local-government self-insurance risk pool, is partnering with the VFIS, the largest provider of insurance, education and consulting services for emergency responders. Together, they will provide coverage for volunteer injuries through a combination of workers’ compensation and excess accident and sickness insurance.
In this partnership, VACORP will provide primary workers’ compensation statutory benefits for volunteers injured in the line of duty, which may include up to lifetime medical benefits and death benefit. VFIS, the largest ESO insurance provider in the A&S sector, will provide excess accident and sickness benefits to supplement the statutory workers’ compensation benefits and would include weekly income replacement, death benefit, and medical expense benefits up to the limit purchased.
This partnership evolved in response to the ever growing responsibilities shouldered by Virginia localities in light of changes to the Line of Duty Act. Now, localities must coordinate with their emergency volunteer agencies to identify opportunities to provide appropriate support to the responders and minimize the financial exposure to localities and the constituents they serve.
VACORP has created a program to protect the interests of Virginia localities and the health of their emergency responders. “Since localities must provide coverage for fire and rescue volunteers, it just makes sense to purchase coverage to minimize the localities’ financial loss,” said Chris Carey, VACORP Administrator.
“Together, not only are we able to help eleviate costs to localities, but we are also able to be a resource for volunteer fire and rescue personnel,” said Troy Markel, president of VFIS. “Together, the programs have trained and supported over 250,000 emergency services personnel in the last ten years.”