Statewide Volunteer Firefighter (SVF) Retirement Plan
PERA administers a Statewide Volunteer Firefighter (SVF) Retirement Plan for volunteer firefighters who provide service to a municipal fire department or an independent nonprofit firefighting corporation. This plan is optional for municipalities that either do not have a volunteer firefighter retirement plan or wish to provide an alternative to their existing plan.
Fire departments and their sponsoring municipalities can join the SVF plan at any time with their individual accounts becoming effective January 1 of the following year. To learn more, read our plan description and guide to the enrollment process.
While the plan has a division that is designed to pay monthly retirement benefits, it is only available to departments that already have that type of benefit structure. PERA would basically take over the administration of those existing plans, with the State Board of Investment administering the investment of assets. This page does not address those plans.