This is the third of three reports that presents findings from a study by Dr Darja Kragt about the challenges career firefighters’ face in relation to retirement. It summarises the first report, a literature review on retirement, the second report, the results of a mixed methods study into firefighters’ retirement experiences, and provides recommendations for addressing retirement issues. The study was funded from South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SA MFS) and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in Western Australia.

Being proactive and planning for potential challenges will go a long way towards retiring well.  In this booklet SuperFriend provides information and ideas for retiring well.

New Direction for ESF: Recommendations for a Holistic Transition to Retirement Program is a report that considers retirement programming. Produced by Worcester Polytechnic Institute students for ESF, it presents data from eight emergency service agencies, current and retired workers from across the sector and experts in the retirement process. The report assess the current landscape of retirement programs within the sector; the needs of Emergency Service Workers; and provides recommendations for best practice ideas going forward.