Retired Fire Chief Richard C. Kline will walk us through this webinar focused on how the behavioral, mental, and physical health of our retired members has long been overlooked. This recently developed workshop presents the harsh realities of retiring from the fire service. In this engaging and interactive session, we will discuss the emotional, psychological, and physical impact experienced by many retirees, and how to best prepare to avoid the pitfalls of retirement. We will speak in-depth about filling the voids of the loss of identity; belonging, purpose, and passion often absent following retirement; and highlight the role resilience plays in our overall health.
This session offers insight and advice on how to prudently prepare for retirement; what to expect when retired; our emotional, mental, and physical resilience; and how our long relationship with the fire service will impact our wellness following retirement. The presenter’s personal retirement journey will be shared, offering perspective with real-world experience on how to best prepare, cope, and enjoy retirement. Keeping the passion, purpose, and sense of belonging and identity we have of our profession through careful retirement preparation will be thoroughly discussed. This program will be equally rewarding to the family of the prospective retiree and their attendance is encouraged.