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TITLE 3. GOVERNMENT OF COUNTIES [23000 - 33205]

  ( Title 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

DIVISION 4. EMPLOYEES [31000 - 33017]

  ( Division 4 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

PART 3. RETIREMENT SYSTEMS [31200 - 33017]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

CHAPTER 5. County Fire Service Retirement Law [32200 - 32365]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

ARTICLE 1. General [32200 - 32211]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

32200.
  

This chapter may be cited as the County Fire Service Retirement Law.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32201.
  

The purpose of this chapter is to recognize a public obligation to employees in the public service whose duties expose them to more than ordinary risks and to provide a means whereby such public employees who become incapacitated in the performance of their duties or by age may be replaced by more capable employees to the betterment of the public service without prejudice and without inflicting a hardship upon the employees removed. The retirement pension and benefits provided in this chapter are granted as an additional element of compensation for future services.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32202.
  

This chapter shall be given a liberal interpretation with a view of carrying out its purpose and shall not be construed as a local measure or one intended as a benefit to particular persons or places.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32203.
  

Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions and general provisions contained in this article govern the construction of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32204.
  

“County foresters, firewardens and firemen” include all county foresters, county firewardens, deputy or assistant county foresters, deputy or assistant county firewardens, fire apparatus engineers, fire prevention inspectors, forest firemen, fire patrolmen, and foremen assigned to fire suppression crews, and all other personnel not specifically excluded who are assigned to active fire suppression in any county forester’s or county firewarden’s department and all officers, engineers, and firemen of any county fire protection district, and all other personnel not specifically excluded who are assigned to active fire suppression in any county fire protection district. Bookkeepers, stenographers, cooks, laborers, county fire protection district fire foremen, call firemen, and volunteer employees, or persons who are not employed for full time duty, or other employees not performing the duties of any of the persons enumerated and any honorary deputy county firewarden or honorary deputy county forester, or voluntary firewarden holding appointment as such but receiving no compensation therefor and not regularly performing particular official duties are not included. In cases of doubtful eligibility, the Board of Retirement shall be the deciding authority.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 1369.)

32204.5.
  

Any person who enters service as a “county forester, firewarden, or fireman” and has reached his fortieth birthday, shall be ineligible to become a member under this chapter, except any person who is a member at the time of the adoption of this amendment will retain his membership.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 1369.)

32205.
  

“Terminal salary” means the average salary earnable by any member during (a) the last three years, or (b) the last five years prior to the date of his retirement, whichever is the greater.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32206.
  

“Board” and “board of retirement” mean the County Foresters, Firewardens, and County Fire Protection District Firemen’s Retirement Board.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32207.
  

“Fund” means the County Foresters, Firewardens, and Firemen’s Retirement Fund.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32208.
  

“System” means the retirement system provided for in this chapter or its predecessor.

The retirement system for county foresters, fire wardens, and county fire protection district firemen created by Chapter 174 of the Statutes of 1939, as amended, is continued in existence under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32209.
  

“Member” means any person included in the membership of the system, and includes retired members.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

32210.
  

The title to all property acquired pursuant to this chapter shall be taken in the name of the county. The title to any money which becomes due to any member shall not pass from the county or county fire protection district to the member until he or she is entitled thereto under this chapter. That portion of the wages of any member deducted or to be deducted under this chapter, the right of a member or other person to an annuity or pension, and all rights of the member or other person in the fund are exempt from taxation and shall not be taken upon execution or other process of any court except to the extent permitted by Section 704.110 of the Code of Civil Procedure. An assignment of any right in or to the funds, or to any pension or annuity is void.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 497, Sec. 119. Operative July 1, 1983, by Sec. 185 of Ch. 497.)

32211.
  

The board of supervisors may levy a special tax to be used for the payment of pensions and annuities under such pension, retirement, and benefit systems or associations as are established by law.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

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