About the scheme
Although the Firefighters' Pension Scheme 1992 closed to new members on 6 April 2006, it continues to serve active members who satisfied the membership conditions and joined before that date and who have not subsequently opted out or had a break in continuity of employment.
One of the conditions of membership of the the Firefighters' Pension Scheme 1992 was that the member had to be appointed as a regular firefighter by a fire and rescue authority on terms that meant they'd be required to engage in firefighting. Once in the scheme, however, membership can continue if a person is required to perform non-firefighting duties only as appropriate to their role. This means, for example, that if a firefighter is no longer able to complete the 'operational' aspects of the role, provided there is no break in the continuity of the employment, they would be able to continue in the scheme.
The FPS 1992 offers the following benefits:
- A uniform accrual rate of 1/60th
- A normal pension age of 55 years or 30 years' service or a pension age of 50 with a restricted lump sum if you've accrued 25 years' service
- A deferred pension age of 60 years
- Fixed commutation factors
- A death grant of 2 x pensionable pay
- Ill health benefits