Firefighters devote their lives to protecting our future, our lives and our property, responding to an average of 12,000 emergency calls during their career. In return, the District makes a commitment to protect their future by providing an adequate retirement program.
In many cases, work-related injuries or illness force our firefighters to leave the truck before their retirement benefits are available.
Today, working to the point of retirement means a firefighter needs to stay on active duty until they are well into their 60s, with more than 30 years of service.
Without additional funding for the pension program, the average age of our firefighters will continue to increase, and money from the general operating fund, normally used for training, equipment and emergency services, will need to be used to fund existing retirement commitments.
The dangers of the job increase the longer a firefighter serves, and have made it harder to recruit new candidates. A secure retirement program ensures we can recruit and retain well-trained firefighters by offering a competitive benefits package.
Funding from Prop. F would give our firefighters the opportunity to retire before they become disabled, or receive a life-threatening medical diagnosis, and protect the level of emergency services we receive.
• Data compiled from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), Journal of Occupational Health, Journal of Emergency Medical Services and the National Fire Protection Association.
This information was prepared and paid for by the O’Fallon Fire Protection District, 111 Laura K Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366, Thomas Vineyard, Chief. This information is intended solely to educate and inform residents about a question that will be before voters. It is not intended to advocate, support or oppose the passage or defeat of the measure. Each voter should vote for or against the question based on his or her own judgment.