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Sickness and disability benefits for first responders

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Does your organisation employ first responders? Then your employees are entitled to benefits in a number of situations. If a first responder is missing or killed as a result of their work, the partner or children may also be entitled to benefits.

Who is a first responder?

A first responder is someone who works as an employee or volunteer at:

  • municipal or regional fire brigade;
  • primary healthcare service;
  • ambulance service;
  • municipal emergency services control room;
  • Netherlands Red Cross;
  • other recognised institutions in the emergency and healthcare sector.

Sickness benefits for illness or disability

Is your employee a first responder? And have they become ill or disabled as a result of their work? Then your employee may be entitled to sickness benefits for first responders. Is the employee is still unable to work after their sick pay has stopped? Then they may be entitled to sickness benefits for first responders under the following conditions:

  • your employee has become injured or ill during their work as a first responder.
  • your employee became injured or ill during within 6 months after stopping work as a result of being a first responder.

Applying for sickness or disability benefits for first responders

Your employee has to apply for their sickness or disability benefits for first responders within a year of becoming ill or disabled. They do so by contacting the Ministry of Foreign and Kingdom AffairsExternal link.

Widow’s and orphan’s benefits

If your employee was a first responder and did they die during their work as such within 2 years of performing this work? Then their partner may be entitled to widow’s benefits. Children may also be entitled to orphan benefits for first responders. This also applies if your employee goes missing as a result of this work. The partner or children are eligible for these benefits under the following conditions:

To receive widow’s benefits for first responders, the partner must:

  • be married or registered as partner
  • be under pension (AOW) age

To receive orphan’s benefits for first responders, the child or children must:

  • be younger than 21 years of age
  • be single and have never married

Applying for widow’s or orphan benefits for first responders

The partner and/or children of your employee can apply for these benefits from the Ministry of Foreign and Kingdom AffairsExternal link.

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This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO