NHRS





Group 2 Members Group II (Firefighter and Police Officer Members)

Membership is a condition of employment and NHRS contributions are mandatory as a Group II member for an individual who meets the following requirements:

  1. Is employed by the State of New Hampshire or any of its political subdivisions;
  2. Occupies a permanent, full-time position, whether elected or appointed;
  3. Belongs in one of the following job categories and occupies a position certified by the governing body as conforming to the requirements specific to that job category;
  4. Meets the specified job requirements either from the date of hire or within two years after the date of hire.

 

Permanent Firefighter

  1. Firefighter
    1. Has the authority and responsibility to engage in the prevention, control, or extinguishment of fires and performs activities that are required for and directly concerned with the prevention, control, or extinguishment of fires, including incidental non-firefighting functions.
    2. As a job requirement, is fully certified as a firefighter by the NH Fire Standards & Training Commission.
    3. As a job requirement, meets all physical, mental educational, and other qualifications for continuing certification as a firefighter that may be established by the certifying authority.
     
  1. Forest Ranger
    1. Has the authority and responsibility to engage in the prevention, control or extinguishment of forest fires activities related to fighting forest fires.
    2. As a job requirement, is fully certified as a forest ranger qualified to fight forest fires by the NH Fire Standards & Training Commission or by the director of the Division of Forest & Lands
    3. As a job requirement, meets all the physical, mental, educational, and other qualifications for continuing certification as a forest ranger that may be established by the certifying authority.
     
  1. Ineligible to Participate as a Permanent Firefighter
    1. Any dispatcher, mechanic, electrician, laboratory or clerical worker, technical expert, or other person employed in a fire department or by the division of forests and lands who does not meet all the requirements, listed above; provided however, that performance of such functions by any person who as a job requirement does meet all the requirements above shall not disqualify the person from membership in Group II;
    2. Any other person whose normal duties entail only indirect, occasional, or short-term exposure, or no exposure, to the hazards of firefighting.

 

Permanent Police Officer

  1. A police officer, conservation officer of the Fish and Game Department, or inspector of the State Liquor commission
    1. Is responsible for the prevention, detection or prosecution of crime and the enforcement of the laws of the state and of its political subdivisions.
    2. Has full general arrest powers.
    3. As a job requirement, is fully certified as a police officer by the NH Police Standards & Training Council.
    4. As a job requirement, meets all physical, mental, educational, and other qualifications for continuing certification that may be established by the certifying authority.
     
  1. Correctional Line Professional of the NH Department of Corrections or of a County Correctional Facility (in a county which has elected to transfer correctional line personnel from Group I to Group II)
    1. Works within a correctional facility in close and immediate contact with prisoners on a daily basis and has responsibility for security.
    2. As a job requirement, is fully certified as a correctional professional by the commissioner of the NH Department of Corrections or by the NH Association of Counties (whichever is appropriate) after successful completion of a course of training approved by the Police Standards & Training Council.
    3. As a job requirement, meets all physical, mental, educational, and other qualifications for continuing certification that may be established by the certifying authority.
     
  1. State Corrections Officer
    1. Is responsible for the physical custody and security of inmates at a state correctional facility.
    2. Is authorized by law to use force to prevent escapes from such facility.
    3. As a job requirement, is fully certified as a corrections officer by the NH Police Standards & Training Council.
    4. As a job requirement, meets all physical, mental, educational, and other qualifications for continuing certification as a corrections officer that may be established by the certifying authority.
     
  1. Marine Patrol Officer of the NH Department of Safety
    1. Who has all the powers of a peace officer under RSA 270:12-a.
     
  1. Probation-Parole Officer
    1. Is employed full-time in the Division of Field Services of the Department of Corrections pursuant to RSA 504-A
    2. Has close and immediate contact with felons on a regular base.
    3. Has an assigned caseload.
    4. Is responsible for the prevention, detention, or prosecution of crime and the enforcement of the laws of the state, the orders of the court, and the conditions imposed on probationers and parolees by the court.
    5. Has full arrest powers of all probationers and parolees as provided in RSA 504-A.
    6. Has the power to search the residence of a probationer or parolee.
    7. Has close contact with felons prior to sentencing when preparing a pre-sentence investigation that includes a disposition recommendation for the court, and supervision when placed on probation or parole. Investigation and supervision may be conducted in the person’s residence, in state or county correctional facilities, in drug centers, or elsewhere.
    8. Has responsibility to return to the courts or to the parole board those felons who violate conditions of probation or parole.
    9. Has the responsibility for the intrastate and interstate transportation of fugitive felons.
    10. Is aware that all parolees have served time in prison, and that many probationers have served time in state or county correctional facilities or are on a suspended commitment sentence.
    11. As a job requirement, is fully certified as a probation-parole officer by the Police Standards & Training Council after successful completion of a training program, including the use of weapons, approved by the council.
    12. As a job requirement, meets all physical, mental, educational, and other qualifications for continuing certification as a probation-parole officer that may be established by the certifying authority.
     
  1. Ineligible to Participate as a Permanent Policeman
    1. Any dispatcher, mechanic, electrician, laboratory or clerical worker, technical expert, or other person employed in a police department or correctional facility who does not meet all the requirements, listed above; provided however, that performance of such functions by any person who as a job requirement does meet all the requirements shall not disqualify the person from membership in Group II;
    2. Any bingo or lucky 7 inspector, security officer appointed pursuant to RSA 21-P: 7-b, any juvenile probation and parole officer, or any person employed in the bureau of trails of the department of resources and economic development;
    3. Any other person whose normal duties entail only indirect, occasional, or short-term exposure, or no exposure, to the hazards of police or correctional work.

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