New Firefighters Pension Scheme (NFPS)
Retained and Volunteer Firefighters, recruited before 6th April 2006 are not members of the FPS; they do not pay membership contributions nor have access to the full range of personal and death benefits which the Scheme offers to whole-time firefighters. However, they are covered by certain provisions of the Scheme if they become permanently disabled or die as the result of an injury received in the course of firefighting duties.
All retained and volunteer firefighters recruited on or after 6th April 2006 automatically have the right to membership of the NFPS (unless they opt otherwise).
Retained or volunteer firefighters recruited before 6th April 2006 have the opportunity of joining the NFPS.