Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding chapter 32B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, if any call firefighter of the town of Wenham while in the performance of his duties and as a result of an accident while responding to or returning from an alarm of fire or any emergency, or as the result of an accident involving a fire department vehicle which the firefighter or emergency medical service provider is operating or in which he is riding, or while at the scene of a fire or any emergency, is killed or sustains injuries which result in his death or permanent disability as defined in the Social Security Act, that call firefighter shall be considered to be an employee within the meaning of said chapter 32B, and the call firefighter and his dependents shall be eligible to enroll in the town of Wenham’s group health insurance programs. The town shall pay that portion of the health insurance premiums that it is paying for retired full-time employees at the time of the call firefighter’s death or permanent disability.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved November 16, 2006.