The following words and phrases as used in this section A8.596 and Sections A8.596-2 through A8.596-14, unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context, shall have the following meanings:
“Retirement allowance,” “death allowance” or “allowance,” shall mean equal monthly payments, beginning to accrue upon the date of retirement, or upon the day following the date of death, as the case may be, and continuing for life unless a different term of payment is definitely provided by the context.
“Compensation,” as distinguished from benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Safety Act of the State of California, shall mean the remuneration payable in cash, by the City and County, without deduction except for absence from duty, for time during which the individual receiving such remuneration is a member of the fire department, but excluding remuneration paid for overtime.
“Compensation earnable” shall mean the compensation which would have been earned had the member received compensation without interruption throughout the period under consideration and at the rates of remuneration attached at that time to the ranks or positions held by him or her during such period, it being assumed that during any absence, he or she was in the rank or position held by him or her at the beginning of the absence, and that prior to becoming a member of the fire department, he or she was in the rank or position first held by him or her in such department.
“Benefit” shall include “allowance,” “retirement allowance,” “death allowance” and “death benefit.”
“Final compensation” shall mean the monthly compensation earnable by a member at the time of his or her retirement, or death before retirement, as the case may be, at the rate of remuneration attached at that time to the rank or position which said member held, provided that said member has held said rank or position for at least one year immediately prior to said retirement or death; and provided, further, that if said member has not held said rank or position for at least one year immediately prior to said retirement or death, “final compensation,” as to such member, shall mean the monthly compensation earnable by such member in the rank or position next lower to the rank or position which he or she held at the time of retirement or death at the rate of remuneration attached at the time of said retirement or death to said next lower rank or position; provided, however, that in the case of a member’s death before retirement as the result of a violent traumatic injury received in the performance of his or her duty, “final compensation,” as to such member shall mean the monthly compensation earnable by such member at the rate of remuneration attached on the date he or she receives such injury to the rank or position held by such member on that date.
For the purpose of Sections A8.596 through A8.596-14, the terms “member of the fire department,” “member of the department,” or “member” shall mean any officer or employee of the fire department, who was a member of the fire department on January 1, 2003 and a member of the Retirement System under Section A8.585 and who elected to be a member of Section A8.596 as provided in Section A8.596.
Any fire service performed by such members of the fire department outside the limits of the City and County and under orders of a superior officer of any such member, shall be considered as City and County service, and any disability or death incurred therein shall be covered under the provisions of the Retirement System.
“Retirement system” or “system” shall mean San Francisco City and County Employees’ Retirement System as created in Section A8.500 of the Charter.
“Retirement board” shall mean “retirement board” as created in Section 12.100 of the Charter.
“Charter” shall mean the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco.
Words used in the masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter gender, words used in the feminine gender shall include the masculine and neuter gender, and singular numbers shall include the plural and the plural the singular.
“Interest” shall mean interest at the rate adopted by the retirement board.
(Added November 2002)