Every relief association shall establish and maintain a special fund within the relief association.
The special fund shall be credited with all fire state aid moneys received pursuant to sections 69.011 to 69.051, all taxes levied by or other revenues received from the municipality pursuant to sections 69.771 to 69.776 or any applicable special law requiring municipal support for the relief association, any moneys or property donated, given, granted or devised by any person which is specified for use for the support of the special fund and any interest earned upon the assets of the special fund. The treasurer of the relief association shall be the custodian of the assets of the special fund and shall be the recipient on behalf of the special fund of all revenues payable to the special fund. The treasurer shall maintain adequate records documenting any transaction involving the assets or the revenues of the special fund. These records and the bylaws of the relief association shall be public and shall be open for inspection by any member of the relief association, any officer or employee of the state or the municipality, or any member of the public, at reasonable times and places.
(a) Disbursements from the special fund are not permitted to be made for any purpose other than one of the following:
(1) for the payment of service pensions to retired members of the relief association if authorized and paid under law and the bylaws governing the relief association;
(2) for the payment of temporary or permanent disability benefits to disabled members of the relief association if authorized and paid pursuant to law and specified in amount in the bylaws governing the relief association;
(3) for the payment of survivor benefits to surviving spouses and surviving children, or if none, to designated beneficiaries, of deceased members of the relief association, and if survivors and if no designated beneficiary, for the payment of a death benefit to the estate of the deceased active firefighter, if authorized by and paid pursuant to law and specified in amount in the bylaws governing the relief association;
(4) for the payment of the fees, dues and assessments to the Minnesota State Fire Department Association, to the Minnesota Area Relief Association Coalition, and to the state Volunteer Firefighters Benefit Association in order to entitle relief association members to membership in and the benefits of these associations or organizations; and
(5) for the payment of administrative expenses of the relief association as authorized under section 69.80.
(b) For purposes of this chapter, a designated beneficiary must be a natural person.