Town set to increase fire personnel retirement age

Officials have agreed to physically differentiate the town’s most senior fire personnel and also plan to pursue a home-rule petition to formally increase the retirement age for town fire personnel to age 70. The town’s Board of Fire Engineers previously voted to establish 70 as the cut-off date for retirement, but active members over age 65 could create liability for the town, acting town counsel Lisa Mead told selectmen at a recent meeting. State law requires retirement at age 65 for uniformed firefighters, police officers, and other public safety personnel, she said. Officials agreed to have fire personnel over age 65 wear designated gear and have differentiated job descriptions and responsibilities outside of an active capacity. They will also be referred to as “support personnel.”