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Upcoming Events
Retired Association Luncheon
Aug 21, 2024
Applewood Golf Course The Vista Room
Retired Association Luncheon
Sep 18, 2024
Applewood Golf Course The Vista Room
Retired Association Luncheon
Oct 16, 2024
Applewood Golf Course The Vista Room
Retired Association Luncheon
Nov 20, 2024
Applewood Golf Course The Vista Room
Retired Association Luncheon
Dec 18, 2024
Applewood Golf Course The Vista Room
  • Welcome 

    JULY

    Our annual golf tournament to raise money for our scholarship fund is set for Monday, August 12th. It will be at Applewood Golf Course, once again, with a 7:30 shotgun start. You can download the flyer here or simply email your group to golf@dfdretired.org. You can Zelle the payment to sec.treas@dfdretired.org or mail a check to Retired Firefighters 9199 Viaggio Way Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.

    Our annual Harold Swanson Picnic is back to it's former July time slot. It will be on July 17th and will now be at the CPFF Event Center, 12 Lakeside Ln. This is the home of Local 858 and the DFDFCU. We feel parking will be easier for those who have trouble walking and the restroom facilities will be easier as well. We will provide all the food so do not bring any side dishes this year. We hope these changes will provide a fun and stress-free experience. We can use a heads-up if you plan on coming so we can buy food accordingly, but please just come either way. 

                                                         

      

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    SCHOLARSHIP

    The window to apply for a scholarship has closed until January of next year. Thanks to those who applied and hope to see another great response next year.

    Membership Application

    If you are a retired Denver firefighter you can join our association by downloading this application form and sending it to the Association secretary. If you are a DROP member you can now join as well by using this application and mailing it to the address on the form.  

    CPFF COLA Update

    Brothers and Sisters,

    The CPFF has heard the frustration from FPPA plan participants who are currently receiving benefits under the FPPA New Hire Statewide Defined Benefit Plan. We understand the frustration, especially in this economic environment where we are seeing high inflation and little, to no cost-of-living adjustments. We have been in constant communication with the leadership of the FPPA and this dialogue has led to the following legislative action that the CPFF supported, and ultimately passed at the State Capitol:

    • HB 20-1044: Legislation that was supported in both chambers and signed by the Governor in 2020 that increased employer contributions to equal 13%. This legislation increases the employer contribution by .5% per year, until 2030. This will provide additional funding to the pension to eventually allow FPPA to give more meaningful cost-of-living adjustments. However, it is still up to the FPPA Board of Directors to make this decision on an annual basis. This legislation also allows for the rule of 80 to be eligible to retire.
    • HB 23-1106: This legislation was the result of direct communication between the CPFF and the FPPA last year regarding the frustrations with the cost-of-living adjustments. This legislation was also supported by both chambers and the Governor signed this year to allow FPPA the ability to give a non-compounding cost-of-living adjustment. As President of the CPFF, I instructed our legislative team to support this bill so we can give the tools to FPPA to give our CPFF retirees some relief during this time of high inflation.

    With this said, our work is not done. There are several questions that our members are asking and the CPFF leadership hears you loud and clear. I know that there is a great deal of complexity in our defined benefit pension, therefore, we have partnered with the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS). NCPERS is the largest trade association for public pensions, representing approximately 500 plans, plan sponsors, and other stakeholders throughout the United States and Canada.

    I have been in contact with the Executive Director of NCPERS, Hank Kim. Mr. Kim has offered their services to review the inquiries regarding our pension and compare the practices and policies of FPPA of Colorado with other public pensions in the United States. I hope to have more information by the CPFF annual meeting at the end of June. Due to the complexity of the issues, we may not have all the answers by the end of June, but we will stay in communication with all of you as this inquiry progresses.

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Click here to access the 2024 Retiree Benefits Booklet. Don't forget about the retiree seminars. The first is on October 19th at the Glass House, 5440 Roslyn from 09:30 - 11:30. The second is on October 24th at the Event Center, 12 Lakeside Ln, from 09:30 - 11:30.
 
 
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