About Your Retirement Issues Committee
We understand retiring from the fire service can be stressful for many
and successful for others in fact it has been said in his Executive Fire
Officer Program research paper "Problems and Success Factors Inherent
in Fire Service Retirement," Gerald Bates wrote he found In his
research, that 95.7 percent of his survey's participants felt that their
retirement was successful.
"The primary determinant of a successful and satisfying retirement
appeared to be directly related to the level of planning that went into
it," he wrote. "The most satisfied retirees tended to be those who
planned for their retirement in advance."
As firefighters, we know the value of conducting pre-plans for target
hazards in our district and there's great value in applying that
strategy to your second career. Consider these retirement target hazards
and pre-plan accordingly.
- Your personal characteristics.
- Your reasons for retirement.
- Your financial security.
- Your level of activity in retirement.
- Your social and personal relationships.
- Your physical and mental health.
Everyone's responses to the above will be different, but the one key
for everyone is to plan for your retirement early in your career. Begin
early in your firefighting career and focus on your career expectations,
long-range financial plans, and the importance of developing a career
and retirement plan in general.
The CSFA Retirement Issues Committee want to assist you with planning
and provide you tools and resources to assist you making choices from
security, health and social relationship opportunities. With your
assistance we can continue to share these resources with other retired
members of the CSFA and our fire service family.
There’s no question that social media has had a significant impact on
communications. While social media has overwhelmed many communicators
with a wide array of platform choices it also provides a new way to
connect with influencers and customers more efficiently than ever.
Over the years, one thing has not changed: communications is
fundamentally about building relationships. Social media augments ways
communicators can build relationship. We encourage you to follow us on
our Facebook Page/ CSFA Retirees as well as CSFA Twitter and Instagram.