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Dispatch & High Risk Retirement

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Posted about 5 years ago

 

It died in committee the last time it came up....I guess the problem is how to pay for it?!


Anyhow, how do you feel about it?  I won't be utterly distraught if we don't get it because I don't think the state should be cavalier about the high risk designation, but at the same time I truly think we earn it every day.

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It died in committee the last time it came up....I guess the problem is how to pay for it?!


Anyhow, how do you feel about it?  I won't be utterly distraught if we don't get it because I don't think the state should be cavalier about the high risk designation, but at the same time I truly think we earn it every day.



If it's retro, I'm all for it! That would put me 1.5 years closer to retirement!

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 I agree with you 100%,  I copied and pasted this from "How do you guys do it?" I posted my thoughts of this 8 months ago.  Keep up the good work , thanks for everything......


 I do feel that Emergency Dispatchers should recieve benefits under the Administrative Special Risk category.  As it stands in Florida 911 dispatchers have to put in a full thirty (30) years of service in order to retire with only 48% of their average salary.  If they could be put under the Administrative Special Risk category they could retire in only 25 years in the Florida State Retirement System.




 


I dispatched for a little over two (2) years and I really enjoyed my job as a dispatcher, but I can honestly tell you the skill level and mental acuity required to function in a busy 911 center makes it very difficult for dispatchers to reach that thirty (30) year mark.  The shift work and stress frequently lead to medical problems *God Bless You Jan*, that force the hard worked dispatchers to retire early which in return lead to significant FRS penalties.




 


When I was Employed with the SO our CPT offered all of us dispatchers a letter, and all information reguarding this.  We all sent letters to our local senator and representatives; however the request was shot down.  I feel that if enough dispatchers got together to adv. on this subject maybe things could change for the better.

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midnightspumpkin says ...



It died in committee the last time it came up....I guess the problem is how to pay for it?!


Anyhow, how do you feel about it?  I won't be utterly distraught if we don't get it because I don't think the state should be cavalier about the high risk designation, but at the same time I truly think we earn it every day.



High Risk Retirement died in committee because there was no clearly defined class of recipients... Yes, money is a HUGE issue. Another problem is the fact that the legislation only extends to those receiving State retirement benefits. If you work for an agency that doesn't receive State retirement, you are excluded. Folks like Clearwater PD - Metro Dade - Tallahassee PD won't see benefit from it... at least not upon passage.... that is if it is ever brought back to the Legislative floor.