1992 Scheme

The FPS is a statutory, public service pension scheme initially made under section 26 of the Fire Services Act 1947. The current scheme came into force on 1st March 1992 with the consent of the Treasury when it replaced the Firemen’s Pension Scheme 1973. The provisions of the FPS are set out in The Firemen’s Pension Scheme Order 1992 (as amended). The FPS became a closed scheme with effect from 6th April 2006. The benefits under the scheme are based on the length of your pensionable service and your final salary. It is a tax approved scheme, registered under section 153 of the Finance Act 2004. 

Who can join?

As the Firefighters' Pension Scheme 1992 became a closed scheme on 6th April 2006, current active members of the FPS are those who satisfied the membership conditions and joined before that date and who have not opted out of the Scheme or had any subsequent break in continuity of employment. 

One of the conditions for membership was that a person should have been appointed as a regular firefighter by a fire and rescue authority on terms under which he or she may be required to engage in firefighting.  Having joined the FPS, however, membership can continue if a person is required to perform just the non-firefighting duties appropriate to his or her role.  This means, for example, that if a person becomes unfit for the "operational" aspects of the role, provided there is no break in the continuity of the employment, he or she would be allowed to remain a member.

Additional Pension Contributions

A pension calculator has been created to show the effect of the additional pension contributions from April 2014 - Pension Calculator: Contributions