About the FPS 2015

The Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2015 (FPS 2015) is the occupational pension scheme available to operational firefighters first appointed on or after 1 April 2015.

The FPS 2015 is a statutory, defined benefit, career average, public service pension scheme made under the Public Service Pensions Act 2013. Career average scheme benefits are worked out based on a proportion of pay for each year of membership.

Serving firefighters appointed before this date may already have pension rights in an earlier Firefighters' Pension Scheme, i.e.

Some of these firefighters will have been transferred to FPS 2015 with effect from 1 April 2015, some will be transferred at a later date, and some will have the right to remain a member of their earlier scheme until 2022.

From 1 April 2022, all firefighters will be members of the FPS 2015.

If you are, or become, a member of FPS 2015, the benefits provided by the scheme include the following:

  • an inflation-proofed pension worked out on a proportion of pay for each year of membership.
  • an option to convert part of the pension to a lump sum
  • payment of pension before normal retirement age if
    • you have to retire on grounds of permanent ill-health,
    • you choose to take early retirement or partial retirement
    • you are given employer-initiated early retirement.
  • death-in-service cover providing a lump sum death benefit equal to three times final pensionable pay
  • a pension for your surviving husband or wife, civil partner, or eligible cohabiting partner
  • pensions for eligible children

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