Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (833)

Bernard Allen

Question:

950 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will examine a situation (details supplied) in relation to the voluntary fire service. [1404/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

A retirement gratuity scheme for the retained fire service has been in place since 1985. Following a recent review an improved scheme has been introduced with effect from 26 April 2001. Under this scheme, a member of the retained fire service will on retirement be paid a gratuity of 1/8th of his inclusive annual retainer for each year of service subject to a maximum gratuity of four times the inclusive annual retainer. This means that a firefighter with 32 years service will receive almost €30,000 while a station officer will receive over €55,000.