USA: President Bush Raises Retirement Age for Federal Firefighters 

Source: News from the Society of American Foresters, 22 August 2001

President Bush signed into law a measure raising the mandatory retirement age for federal firefighters from 55 to 57. The move allows more firefighters to work the 20 years necessary to collect a pension – a hurdle that has kept some older firefighters from receiving permanent posts. The Forest Service had refused to hire people over the age of 35 for permanent positions because Forest Service officials deemed it unfair to use workers for years and not allow them a pension


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