People make a lot of sensational claims about the firefighters’ retirement system, but most of these claims simply aren’t true. We want to set the record straight and discuss some of the myths.
Most firefighters are not eligible to receive Social Security, so their retirement system is their only source of retirement income.
Firefighters have very untypical work schedules that are not comparable to most 9-to-5 jobs and 40-hour work weeks. Firefighters respond to emergencies on any hour of the day and any day of the year, including holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Firefighters have a shorter life expectancy than the average population and are at an increased risk for different types of chronic illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. Firefighting is an extremely strenuous profession. Aging firefighters are at a significantly higher risk of injury and illness and the older they get, the more likely these injuries become, and recovery times (and cost) increases.
Firefighting is a dangerous profession, and a growing body of research and data shows that firefighters are at an increased risk for different types of chronic illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease.