Firefighter retirement


Q: I have just over 18 years of in service time in a primary fire position. I left that position and went into a 0018 series. If I leave the 0018 series and go back into a 462 secondary position, do I have to start over with my firefighter retirement or will my past creditable time in a firefighter covered position still count toward my firefighter retirement? I am 38 and looking at getting back into a covered position to finish my firefighter retirement service.

A: Your past creditable time will count.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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