There are even more Chicago Fire Department personnel on disability leave than police officers, the Sun-Times found, though the fire department has less than half the number of employees the police department has. Kehoe is one of 390 firefighters and paramedics on disability. Altogether, they are paid more than $27 million a year by the Chicago Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund, the taxpayer-subsidized pension fund for city firefighters. Those disability payments jumped by 16 percent last year. Health insurance provided at no charge to disabled fire personnel costs taxpayers an additional $4 million a year.