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    When members of your department retire, What do you have for them? A party once a year for all of the retirees or something for each person. Any kind of gifts or plaques? We have a fish fry and bar-b-que once a year and bring all of the old retirees and new retirees in. We are a volunteer department.

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    We have one "rackett" a year. Just hope the honorees don't start out numbering the guests

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    We have a party/gathering for each person retiring. The association usually makes a shadow box gift for the occasion, the City has been purchasing a nice fire axe mounted and if the Firefighter is also cross trained as a Police Officer they get a nice boxed gun.

    I think they set a limit of $300.00 for the party. Usually all try and show up. Sometimes there is an unnofiical party held later on and is an envite only affair.
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    When someone retires, at the next union meeting they get a watch engraved with there service dates. As far as ceremonies form none to roasts to all night beer fests. Depends on the person and their tastes.

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    Just this year we retired a 30+ year captain, all dept members and there famliey and all of the retired members and there famileys, had a big dinner and a slide show with music. There were lots of gifts but the thing that I thought was best was that the dept gave gifts to the wife and daughters for putting up with the father being gone so much. This all lasted about 3 hours, and a good time was had by all.

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    I think it's up to the individuals who are retiring to decide if they want a small, private affair or the full tilt boogie extravaganza. We have had retirement parties for multiple personnel, just one retiree, and some have said "don't bother".

    On my group, we usually take the retiree out for a "lunch with the crew" and invite the other retirees from the along. Formal parties are held later...and usually the "don't bothers" come around (with a little prodding from the family! )

    We get proclamations from the Mayor and City Council, Our State Representative and State Senator on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts(all of whom are invited to attend). Procalamatians are also received from the IAFF and PFFM. The Fire Chief gives the honored retirees a gold badge that represents their rank and engraved with the word "retired", the Local gives plaques and engraved watches, and there is usually a "gag gift" ot two that bring down the house!
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    My dad just retired a couple of months ago and they gave him a nice brass bell mounted on a piece of wood with his badge name & dates on the department on it. Also he recieved a nice ring with the IAFF symbol in a red setting on it. "sort of like a graduation ring". They have parties for each retiree when they retire.

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    If they are retiring then we do a party for them on station and they are presented with the axe on a shield or a firefighter statue. If they are an officer then other stations get involved and we hold the function in a hall to accept all those coming in. A few jars of fine ale are quaffed and a lot of back slapping goes on. Speeches will be prepared and then the normal cockups trying to read the tatty bits of paper occur. A lot of past funny or embarassing incidents will be spoken about and then we let the music play. Oh some fine nights have been had.
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    An excerpt from Les H. aka "Sprinkle"...

    A lot of past funny or embarassing incidents will be spoken about....

    Just when you thought that everyone forgot the one stupid thing you did in your career.....

    That's why we quaff copious amounts of fine ales and other spirits!!!
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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