LIMERICK PA – The township fund to benefit injured firemen, known to Pennsylvania’s state auditor as a Volunteer Firefighter Relief Association (VFRA), properly managed and accounted for money it received and spent between 2005 and 2007, Auditor General Jack Wagner said last month (Jan. 29, 2009).

Wagner officially reported audits his office conducted on the Limerick fund’s books, as well as those of other Montgomery County (PA) VFRAs in Roslyn, Weldon, and Willow Grove, were determined to be “in compliance with tested laws and regulations.”

VFRAs are non-profit organizations established to provide financial protection to volunteer firefighters who suffer misfortune while working in the fire service. VFRAs receive money from a 2-percent state tax on fire insurance purchased by Pennsylvania residents from insurance companies incorporated outside the Commonwealth.

The funds pay for insurance to protect volunteer firefighters, to purchase fire equipment, and to cover volunteer training expenses. VFRAs are distinct legal entities separate from fire companies.

The auditor’s office is responsible for ensuring that all state money is spent legally and properly, and conducts about 5,000 audits each year.