How much service do I need to qualify for a pension? To be eligible for any of the pensions mentioned in this booklet, a member of FPS 2006 must have at least 3 months' qualifying service in the Scheme. Because of the "historic" application of the Scheme rules for special firefighter members, subject to the payment of mandatory special period pension contributions you should easily satisfy this requirement. If you did have less, you would still be eligible if you have had a transfer of personal pension scheme rights into FPS 2006, or have reached normal retirement age (55 for members of the modified Scheme). If you do not qualify for a pension, a refund of contributions would be made.