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Armondo Gutierrez - Director  agutierrez@slocityfirefighters.org

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Firefighter Presumption Laws
Posted On: May 17, 2006

CPF - Presumption Laws Covering Firefighters in California
  Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Presumption Laws Covering Firefighters in California


The California state legislature has recognize the significant health hazards to all firefighters. The follow laws have been implemented under the aggressive sponsorship and lobbying by the CPF.

These laws are intended to protect the rights and benefits of firefighters who become ill as a result of occupational exposures to hazards and the daily stress of the job. The optimum protection for all firefighters is active participation in an individual wellness and fitness plan, regular medical check ups, the appropriate use of all personal protective equipment and on-scene safety precautions.


LABOR CODE SECTION (Workers' Compensation)

Labor Code §
3211.5 Presumption for Bio-Chemical Exposures (effective January 1, 2003)
Labor Code §3212. Heart, Hernia and, Pneumonia Presumption (amended January 1, 2002)
Labor Code §3212.1 Cancer Presumption
Labor Code §3212.6 Tuberculosis Presumption (amended January 1, 2002)
Labor Code §3212.8 Blood-Borne Infectious Disease Presumption (amended January 1, 2002)
Labor Code §3212.85 Presumption for Bio-Chemical Exposures (effective January 1, 2003)
Labor Code §3212.9 Meningitis Presumption (amended January 1, 2002)

GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION (County Employees Retirement Law of 1937)

Government Code §
31720.7    Blood-borne Infectious Disease Presumption (amended January 1, 2002)
Government Code §31720.9    Presumption for Bio-Chemical Exposures (effective January 1, 2003)

Labor Code §3211.5 - Bio-Chemical Exposures (effective January 1, 2003)
3211.5.
  For purposes of this division, whenever the term "firefighter," "firefighting member," and "member of a fire department" is used, the term shall include, but shall not be limited to, unless the context expressly provides otherwise, a person engaged in providing firefighting services who is an apprentice, volunteer, or employee on a partly paid or fully paid basis.

Labor Code §3212. – Heart, Hernia and, Pneumonia Presumption 3212.  In the case of members of a sheriff’s office or the California Highway Patrol, district attorney’s staff of inspectors and investigators or of police or fire departments of cities, counties, cities and counties, districts or other public or municipal corporations or political subdivisions, whether such members are volunteer, partly paid, or fully paid, and in the case of active firefighting members of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection whose duties require firefighting or of any county forestry or firefighting department or unit, whether voluntary, fully paid, or partly paid, and in the case of members of the warden service of the Wildlife Protection Branch of the Department of Fish and Game whose principal duties consist of active law enforcement service, excepting those whose principal duties are clerical or otherwise do not clearly fall within the scope of active law enforcement service such as stenographer, telephone operators, and other officeworkers, the term “injury” as used in this act includes hernia when any part of the hernia develops or manifests itself during a period while such member is in the service in such office, staff, division, department or unit, and in the case of members of such fire departments, except those whose principal duties are clerical, such as stenographers, telephone operators and other officeworkers, and in the case of county forestry or firefighting departments, except those whose principal duties are clerical, such as stenographers, telephone operators and other officeworkers, and in the case of active firefighting members of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection whose duties require firefighting, and in the case of members of the warden service of the Wildlife Protection Branch of the Department of Fish and Game whose principal duties consist of active law enforcement service, excepting those whose principal duties are clerical or otherwise do not clearly fall within the scope of active law enforcement service such as stenographer, telephone operators, and other officeworkers, the term “injury” includes pneumonia and heart trouble which develops or manifests itself during a period while such member is in the service of such office, staff, department or unit.  In the case of regular salaried county or city and county peace officers, the term “injury” also includes any hernia which manifests itself or develops during a period while the officer is in the service.  The compensation which is awarded for such hernia, heart trouble or pneumonia shall include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits, as provided by the workers’ compensation laws of this state.

  Such hernia, heart trouble or pneumonia so developing or manifesting itself in such cases shall be presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employment.  This presumption is disputable and may be controverted by other evidence, but unless so controverted, the appeals board is bound to find in accordance with it.  Such presumption shall be extended to a member following termination of service for a period of three calendar months for each full year of the requisite service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.

  Such hernia, heart trouble or pneumonia so developing or manifesting itself in such cases shall in no case be attributed to any disease existing prior to such development or manifestation.

Labor Code §3212.1 – Cancer Presumption
3212.1
(a) This section applies to active firefighting members, whether volunteers, partly paid, or fully paid, of all of the following fire departments: (1) a fire department of a city, county, city and county, district, or other public or municipal corporation or political subdivision, (2) a fire department of the University of California and the California State University, (3) the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and (4) a county forestry or firefighting department or unit. This section also applies to peace officers, as defined in Section 830.1 and subdivision (a) of Section 830.2 of the Penal Code, who are primarily engaged in active law enforcement activities.
  (b) The term “injury,” as used in this division, includes cancer, including leukemia, that develops or manifests itself during a period in which any member described in subdivision (a) is in the service of the department or unit, if the member demonstrates that he or she was exposed, while in the service of the department or unit, to a known carcinogen as defined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, or as defined by the director.
  (c) The compensation that is awarded for cancer shall include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits, as provided by this division.
  (d) The cancer so developing or manifesting itself in these cases shall be presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employment. This presumption is disputable and may be controverted by evidence that the primary site of the cancer has been established and that the carcinogen to which the member has demonstrated exposure is not reasonably linked to the disabling cancer. Unless so controverted, the appeals board is bound to find in accordance with the presumption. This presumption shall be extended to a member following termination of service for a period of three calendar months for each full year of the requisite service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.
  (e) The amendments to this section enacted during the 1999-2000 Regular Session shall be applied to claims for benefits filed or pending on or after January 1, 1997, including, but not limited to, claims for benefits filed on or after that date that have previously been denied, or that are being appealed following denial.

Labor Code §3212.6. - Tuberculosis Presumption
3212.6.
  In the case of a member of a police department of a city or county, or a member of the sheriff’s office of a county, or a member of the California Highway Patrol, or an inspector or investigator in a district attorney’s office of any county whose principal duties consist of active law enforcement service, or a prison or jail guard or correctional officer who is employed by a public agency, when that person is employed upon a regular, full-time salary, or in the case of members of fire departments of any city, county, or district, or other public or municipal corporations or political subdivisions, when those members are employed on a regular fully paid basis, and in the case of active firefighting members of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection whose duties require firefighting and first-aid response services, or of any county forestry or firefighting department or unit, where those members are employed on a regular fully paid basis, excepting those whose principal duties are clerical or otherwise do not clearly fall within the scope of active law enforcement, firefighting, or emergency first-aid response service such as stenographers, telephone operators, and other officeworkers, the term “injury” includes tuberculosis that develops or manifests itself during a period while that member is in the service of that department or office.  The compensation  that is awarded for the tuberculosis shall include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits as provided by the provisions of this division.

The tuberculosis so developing or manifesting itself shall be presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employment.  This presumption is disputable and may be controverted by other evidence, but unless so controverted, the appeals board is bound to find in accordance with it.  This presumption shall be extended to a member following termination of service for a period of three calendar months for each full year of the requisite service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.

  A public entity may require applicants for employment in firefighting positions who would be entitled to the benefits granted by this section to be tested for infection for tuberculosis.

Labor Code §3212.8. – Blood-borne Infectious Diseases
3212.8. 
(a) In the case of members of a sheriff’s office, of police or fire departments of cities, counties, cities and counties, districts, or other public or municipal corporations or political subdivisions, or individuals described in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, whether those persons are volunteer, partly paid, or fully paid, and in the case of active firefighting members of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or of any county forestry or firefighting department or unit, whether voluntary, fully paid, or partly paid, excepting those whose principal duties are clerical or otherwise do not clearly fall within the scope of active law enforcement service or active firefighting services, such as stenographers, telephone operators, and other office workers, the term “injury” as used in this division, includes a blood-borne infectious disease when any part of the blood-borne infectious disease develops or manifests itself during a period while that person is in the service of that office, staff, division, department, or unit.  The compensation that is awarded for a blood-borne infectious disease shall include, but not be limited to, full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits, as provided by the workers’ compensation laws of this state.
  (b) The blood-borne infectious disease so developing or manifesting itself in those cases shall be presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employment or service.  This presumption is disputable and may be controverted by other evidence, but unless so controverted, the appeals board is bound to find in accordance with it.  That presumption shall be extended to a person covered by subdivision (a) following termination of service for a period of three calendar months for each full year of service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.
  (c) The blood-borne infectious disease so developing or manifesting itself in those cases shall in no case be attributed to any disease existing prior to that development or manifestation.
  (d) For the purposes of this section, “blood-borne infectious disease” means a disease caused by exposure to pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood that can cause disease in humans, including those pathogenic microorganisms defined as blood-borne pathogens by the Department of Industrial Relations.

Labor Code §3212.85 - Bio-Chemical Exposures (effective January 1, 2003)
3212.85. 
(a) This section applies to peace officers described in Sections 830.1 to 830.5, inclusive, of the Penal Code, and members of a fire department.   (b) The term "injury," as used in this division, includes illness or resulting death due to exposure to a biochemical substance that develops or occurs during a period in which any member described in subdivision (a) is in the service of the department or unit.
   (c) The compensation that is awarded for injury pursuant to this section shall include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits, as provided by this division.
   (d) The injury that develops or manifests itself in these cases shall be presumed to arise out of, and in the course of, the employment.  This presumption is disputable and may be controverted by other evidence.  Unless controverted, the appeals board is bound to find in accordance with the presumption.  This presumption shall be extended to a member following termination of service for a period of three calendar months for each full year of the requisite service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.
   (e) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
   (1) "Biochemical substance" means any biological or chemical agent that may be used as a weapon of mass destruction, including, but not limited to, any chemical warfare agent, weaponized biological agent, or nuclear or radiological agent, as these terms are defined in Section 11417 of the Penal Code.
   (2) "Members of a fire department" includes, but is not limited to, an apprentice, volunteer, partly paid, or fully paid member of any of the following:
   (A) A fire department of a city, county, city and county, district, or other public or municipal corporation or political subdivision.
   (B) A fire department of the University of California and the California State University.
   (C) The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
   (D) A county forestry or firefighting department or unit.

Labor Code §3212.9. – Meningitis Presumption
3212.9. 
In the case of a member of a police department of a city, county, or city and county, or a member of the sheriff’s office of a county, or a member of the California Highway Patrol, or a county probation officer, or an inspector or investigator in a district attorney’s office of any county whose principal duties consist of active law enforcement service, when that person is employed on a regular, full-time salary, or in the case of a member of a fire department of any city, county, or district, or other public or municipal corporation or political subdivision, or any county forestry or firefighting department or unit, when those members are employed on a regular full-time salary, excepting those whose principal duties are clerical or otherwise do not clearly fall within the scope of active law enforcement or firefighting, such as stenographers, telephone operators, and other officeworkers, the term “injury” includes meningitis that develops or manifests itself during a period while that person is in the service of that department, office, or unit.  The compensation that is awarded for the meningitis shall include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits as provided by the provisions of this division.

  The meningitis so developing or manifesting itself shall be presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employment.  This presumption is disputable and may be controverted by other evidence, but unless so controverted, the appeals board is bound to find in accordance with it.  This presumption shall be extended to a person following termination of service for a period of three calendar months for each full year of the requisite service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.                  

Government Code §31720.7 – Blood-borne Infectious Diseases.
31720.7. 
(a) If a safety member, a firefighter, a county probation officer, or a member in active law enforcement who has completed five years or more of service under a pension system established pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 31900) or under a pension system established pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 32200), or both, or under this retirement system, under the Public Employees’ Retirement System, or under a retirement system established under this chapter in another county, develops a blood-borne infectious disease, the disease so developing or manifesting itself in those cases shall be presumed to arise out of, and in the course of, employment.  The disease so developing or manifesting itself in those cases shall in no case be attributed to any disease existing prior to that development or manifestation.
  (b) Any safety member, firefighter, county probation officer, or member active in law enforcement described in subdivision (a) permanently incapacitated for the performance of duty as a result of a blood-borne infectious disease shall receive a service-connected disability retirement.
  (c) The presumption described in subdivision (a) is rebuttable by other evidence.  Unless so rebutted, the board is bound to find in accordance with the presumption.  This presumption shall be extended to a member following termination of service for a period of three calendar months for each full year of the requisite service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.
  (d) “Blood-borne infectious disease,” for purposes of this section, means a disease caused by exposure to pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood that can cause disease in humans, including, but not limited to, those pathogenic microorganisms defined as blood-borne pathogens by the Department of Industrial Relations.
  (e) “Member in active law enforcement,” for purposes of this section, means members employed by a sheriff’s office, by a police or fire department of a city, county, city and county, district, or by another public or municipal corporation or political subdivision or who are described in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code or who are employed by any county forestry or firefighting department or unit, except any of those members whose principal duties are clerical or otherwise do not clearly fall within the scope of active law enforcement services or active firefighting services, such as stenographers, telephone operators, and other office workers, and includes a member engaged in active law enforcement who is not classified as a safety member.

Government Code §31720.9 - Bio-Chemical Exposures (effective January 1, 2003)
31720.
  (a) If a peace officer member, as defined in Sections 830.1 to 830.5, inclusive, of the Penal Code, or firefighter member, with service under a pension system established pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 31900) or under a pension system established pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 32200), or both, or under this retirement system, under the Public Employees' Retirement System, or under a retirement system established under this chapter in another county, becomes ill or dies due to exposure to a biochemical substance, the illness that develops or manifests itself in those cases shall be presumed to arise out of, and in the course of, employment.  The illness that develops or manifests itself in those cases shall in no case be attributed to any illness existing prior to that development or manifestation.
   (b) Any peace officer member or firefighter member, as described in subdivision (a), who becomes permanently incapacitated as a result of exposure to a biochemical substance shall receive a service-connected disability retirement.
   (c) The presumption described in subdivision (a) is rebuttable by other evidence.  Unless rebutted, the board is bound to find in accordance with the presumption.  This presumption shall be extended to a member following termination of service for a period of three calendar months for each full year of the requisite service, but not to exceed 60 months in any circumstance, commencing with the last date actually worked in the specified capacity.
   (d) For purposes of this section, a peace officer member or firefighter member, as described in subdivision (a), does not include a member whose principal duties are clerical or otherwise do not clearly fall within the scope of active law enforcement services or active firefighting services, such as stenographers, telephone operators, and other office workers.
   (e) "Biochemical substance" means any biological or chemical agent that may be used as a weapon of mass destruction, including, but not limited to, any chemical warfare agent, weaponized biological agent, or nuclear or radiological agent, as these terms are defined in Section 11417 of the Penal Code.

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