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You will join the scheme automatically on appointment as a firefighter, crew or watch manager, regardless of your duty system. This includes part-time, volunteer and retained duty system firefighters.

All other support and control room fire service employees are invited to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Some firefighters who were previously a member of the former Firefighters’ Pension Schemes (Fire 1992 and Fire 2006) are also members of the scheme.

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Transferring benefits

Transferring benefits from other schemes

You may be able to transfer benefits you have earned in schemes with any previous employers. Special terms apply if you transfer benefits between other public sector schemes (called the Transfer Club).     

You must apply in writing for a transfer to be made. Members who do transfer between other public service schemes will be treated as having continuous service.

Applications to transfer benefits into the scheme must be made within 12 months of joining.      

Transfers between fire authorities elsewhere in the UK

If you have moved from a fire authority elsewhere in the UK, your benefits will automatically transfer into the scheme. Your former fire authority should provide you with a certificate summarising your pension account details for you to pass across to your new employer.