Section 18-105 Definitions and rules of construction.

    The definitions and rules of construction in section 18-60 apply to this division except as otherwise provided in this division.  The following definitions and rules of construction apply to this division in place of anything to the contrary in this article:

Covered firefighter employee. A person hired by the Columbia Fire Department as a full-time, regular firefighter on or after October 1, 2012. This term shall exclude clerical employees, volunteers and any other employee or associate, regardless of whether they are commissioned as a firefighter, when they are not a salaried full-time, regular firefighter of the city.

Duty-related disability or death. A disability or death which results from a disease contracted or an injury sustained by a covered employee while in the actual discharge and performance of the duties of the employee's covered employment at some definite time and place. Duty-related disability or death shall include a disability or death which results from a disease contracted or an injury sustained by an off-duty covered employee acting under color of the employee's commission. A disability or death resulting from a disease contracted or an injury sustained by an off-duty covered employee while in paid employment of another entity shall only be considered a duty-related disability or death if the covered employee was acting under color of the employee's commission within the limits of the City of Columbia at the time the disability was sustained.

Highest average salary. The average of the thirty-six (36) consecutive months in the last one hundred and twenty (120) consecutive months of covered employment in which such covered firefighter employee's salary was the highest, or, if the employee has less than thirty-six (36) months of service, then the average salary over the employee's entire period of service. For the purposes of calculating the thirty-six (36) months of highest average salary, no period shorter than twelve (12) months shall be used. "Salary," as used in this definition, includes only compensation included in computing the employee's contributions to the firefighters' retirement fund.

Nonduty-related disability or death. A disability or death other than a duty-related disability or death.

(Ord. No. 21455, § 1, 9-17-12)


(Ord. 21455, Added, 09/17/2012)