|By Brendan Ward, Director|
We have a new list of those Fire Department members who recently retired from the SFFD. Congratulations to all the retirees!!! The last list I posted was in the August 2004 issue. Again, all the lists come from the Fire Commission office (thanks Tania). If I missed anyone please give me a call at the Union office. And, as usual, Ret. B.C. Sorensen, No More Phone Calls.
Two Retirement Seminars are scheduled this year. The first will be March 22 & 23 held at the United Irish Cultural Center. The second will be held June 22 & 23 at Sigmund Stern Grove. A General Order with all the information will be issued shortly.
Tier 1 members are still the bulk of the Departments retirees, and have priority to these seminars (due to their closeness to retirement). However, Tier 2 members are closing in on normal service retirements (the longest Tier 2 employees have about 27 to 28 years service) and I encourage you to also sign up.
It is very important that Tier 2 members realize there are some major differences in Tier 2 retirement from Tier 1 retirement even though the San Francisco citizens have kindly voted to increase Tier 2 benefits. These differences include final compensation factors, cost-of-living increases in your pension and survivor benefits. The stories you hear from the Tier 1 members in the Department differ from the realities of the Tier 2 pension. Please be informed by attending these seminars and prepare yourself for a successful retirement. As a final point though, thanks to all the Tier 1 members who walked the streets and helped us Tier 2 people win our valuable upgrades. It will forever be remembered.
SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT RETIREES
H-2 Firefighter Timothy J. Dudley 5/25/04