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Started by DAVE. Last reply by larry cooke Sep 12, 2011.
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As I had noted in a previuos note I retired at the age of 55 after abt. 30yrs on a city department. Prior to the fire department I was a psychologist. After getting hired on th FD I contiuned to work in mental health. I worked 80 hrs a week for 20 years. I chose various part time jobs to make my resume more marketable after retirement. I worked in hospitals, emergency rooms, community mental health, did CISD from 1985 to 2000 for police and fire and Columbine, ERr psych evaluations for hospitalizations and County jails doing evaluations for the need for drugs to Mental illness. They had to get through me before they could see the Psychiarist. After retirement I worked for a VA hospital in Sheridan Wyoming treating combat trauma. I thought for the longest time with a good history of experience I would get a job. NOT! All that planning and then to move to a town where I can't find work except as a greeter at Walmart. Prior I was paid $40 and to go to $9 and hr part time. I couldn't get hired on the local fire depart had a rule that they would not hire over the age of 32 and if you turned 32 while on the department they were let go. I mentioned the elder law and the cheif said, "sue me".. "The best layed of mice and men can shoot Cr---.But you do with what your are dealt.
I retired in 2003 aft. 30yrs of service. I found the first few years to be very difficult. We used a CAD radio system with station printers and everything that sounded like the printer I would get up and adrenaline would flow even in a department store or in the night.
Firefighters sometimes equate career with usefulness and w/o that they can feel lost. Capt. Whelan is correct in that planning investments is an important part of retirement. I found a planner who has provided relief of the worry about finances. That takes an enormous load of your mind.
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