Maryland LOSAP – Length of Service Award Program
The LOSAP is a county or municipal funded program which provides a monthly or regular cash award (varies by location) after serving a specific number of years with a volunteer fire, rescue or EMS department.
At present, 18 counties and two municipalities administer programs. Programs are funded out of the general operating budget, dedicated fire-rescue tax, or an annuity.
Example benefits include a regularly scheduled (monthly or other frequency varying by county) once a specific number of years of service and minimum age have been achieved.
Several jurisdictions also include benefits for the surviving spouse, a burial benefit and/or cost of living adjustments. The amount and service time varies by location, please ask your department’s representative for further details on your specific program.
Since LOSAP is either a county or municipal funded program, service time and points are not transferable from county to county.
The committee is furnished the LOSAP’s from the counties and compiles a LOSAP Information Manual.
This manual is updated as enhancements are received. It is available on request. Counties use this manual as a guide to start a LOSAP or to enhance present programs.
In addition, a one-page summary comparing each of the county’s current LOSAP benefitsis also available.
It is a quick reference and is being requested more often than the manual. Please contact your Fire Company’s LOSAP Coordinator for further info and if you have any questions.