Firefighting

LIFE AFTER THE FIRE SERVICE

Issue 8 and Volume 159.

BY BRIAN A. CRAWFORD All firefighters, regardless of rank or position, have a common thread in that they will retire some day. Yet, in contrast with the intensive and extensive training firefighters receive in other segments of their careers, often they receive virtually no preparation for retirement, perhaps except for the establishment of their pension. There is no training or preplanning for life after the fire service. Some may believe that if an individual enjoyed a successful firefighter career that that same success would extend into the firefighter’s “golden years.” But that is not always the case. The truth is that many who have not adequately prepared themselves or their families for the economic, physiological, and psychological challenges that retirement brings may suffer through painstaking adjustments.1 Individuals contemplating retirement should address specific critical areas long before that final day of work arrives. They include the realization that they will be…

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