You will automatically join the New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2006 (NFPS 2006) if:
- you transfer from another fire and rescue authority and you were a member of the NFPS 2006 in that employment
- you transfer from another public service pension scheme (PSPS) and you were treated as having tapered or full protection in that scheme and you meet the conditions for full or tapered protection in the NFPS 2006.
However, you will have the right to opt out of the scheme at any time.
You will be treated as a fully protected member of the NFPS 2006 if, as at 1 April 2012, you were an active member of your PSPS and you were aged 50 or more. Fully protected members will remain in the NFPS 2006 until their retirement.
You will be treated as a tapered protection member of the NFPS 2006 if, as at 1 April 2012, you were an active member of your PSPS and you were between the age of 46 and 50. Your tapered protection date is personal to you and at your taper date, you will move across to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2015 (FPS 2015).
The NFPS 2006 pension you build up would not transfer with you and would remain fully protected in the NFPS 2006. If your taper protection date falls after you choose to retire, you will not move across to the FPS 2015.
If you are currently a firefighter with West Sussex Fire & Rescue Authority and are not an active member of the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme and would like to join you will only be entitled to join the Fire Pension Scheme 2015.
Please contact the Pensions Team for more information.
- New starter pension information form (PDF, 120KB) - Complete this form as soon as possible to tell us your preferences.
If you join and change your mind
If you join the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006 (NFPS 2006) you can choose to opt out at any time by completing an online opt-out notice or by downloading the form below and sending it to your payroll department.
Your decision to opt out is effective from the date your notice is received by your payroll department and your pensionable service in the scheme will normally end on the first day of the following pay period.
If you opt out within one month of re-joining the NFPS 2006 following a transfer of employment from another English fire and rescue authority and have not transferred other pension benefits into the scheme, you will be treated as never having re-joined the scheme. If any pension contributions have been deducted from your pay, they will be refunded through payroll.
If you opt out within three months of joining the NFPS 2006 following a transfer of employment from another public service pension scheme (PSPI) and have not transferred other pension benefits into the scheme, you will be treated as never having joined the scheme and any pension contributions that have been deducted from your pay will be refunded through payroll.
If you leave your employment as a firefighter or opt out and neither of the above service conditions applies to you, you will become entitled to keep your pension benefits in the NFPS 2006 or to transfer them to another pension arrangement.
Please be aware that neither the scheme manager and/or Capita can provide advice as to whether it is in your best interest to be in the scheme and would highly recommend that you seek financial advice.