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The NSW Fire Brigades Retirees Association Incorporated, is a voluntary association which aims to provide members with useful information, keep members advised of upcoming events, send offs, dinners and functions and maintains the comradeship and friendships formed during service with NSW Fire Brigades. Depending on privacy considerations it may be possible to help members keep in touch with or contact former comrades. The association is open to any retired member of NSW Fire Brigades both operational and administrative and includes wives and husbands. It costs nothing to join the Association, just write, call or email and give us your details or complete the Membership Form on line.

News Flashes!

Farewell message from Senior Firefighter Brett Macpherson: The time has come for me to move on. Itís been an absolute pleasure to have been a member of this team for so long. Iíll always be proud to have served the community with Fire & Rescue NSW. I hope to still be considered a part of the Brigades family †(every flock needs a black sheep) �� See you at the big one (not!) PS. Please send any personal correspondence to; Cheers! Brett (Bert)

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter William (Bill) Ronald SAUNDERS (215006), formerly of 215 Station Barraba, on Tuesday 16th April 2019. Bill served from 15.06.1961 until 30.10.1969 and again from 15.06.1974 until 30.06.1993. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer John MORRISON (3187), formerly of Newcastle Communications, on Monday 15th April 2019.John Morrison is the father of Senior Firefighter Peter Morrison, of the Bushfire and Aviation Section. Funeral

Request from Alan Sheppard: I was recently at a Centenary celebration at Casino and met Richie Cunningham grandson of Motor Officer Horace (Bob) Dippy Cunningham. Does anyone have any photos of him or info about Dippy we can pass on to Richie. Has anyone a photo of the Bedford Motor Officerís Ute. Richie is owner of FIRE4HIRE on the Gold coast Queensland and has quite a collection of Fire Appliances. If you have info please contact Alan Sheppard 0427 745 977

Information received from Bob Boon: I have just been informed that Retired Station Officer Chris Lawley "The gentle Giant" is in Pallliative care in Queensland suffering from a serious illness. Chris can receive and reply to text messages ONLY but unable to take calls on mobile 0413361370. Chris was Station Officer at 44 Station Auburn and later at Fire Safety. Regards Bob Boon.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2019/07 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of former Firefighter Andrew Robert GLEESON (521622), formerly of 93 Station Narellan, on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

Fire And Rescue NSW Illawarra Retirees Annual Luncheon:
Retired members from the Illawarra or members now living there, are invited to come and meet up with old friends and workmates at a lunch to be held on Wednesday 05 June 2019. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of former HR Manager and Senior Industrial Relations Officer Anne DENNY (nee Gambrill) of Corporate Head Office, on Saturday 30th March 2019.  Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of former Firefighter Mark GERREY (384030), formerly of 384 Station Moruya, on 30th March 2019, from an unexpected and sudden illness.

Update on Noel Sweatman fom Mick RyanL Hi Everyone, If you would like to visit Noel, he is now at the Transitional Unit at Woy Woy Hospital. Afternoons are the best time to visit as he does exercise classes in the morning. The phone number is 4344 8566. Enter from Ocean Beach Road and walk to the back of the front building. Mick Ryan

From: Darin Sullivan:
Hi all, If you have had a cancer that may be related to firefighting but think it may be outside the current legislation that we got through parliament, please contact me for more information. Feel free to pass this and my email address on to others this may also assist. Regards, Sully

Permanent Messages

Presumptive Legislation for Firefighter Cancers
:- information from Chief Super Mick Ryan

The NSW Government today announced that it will introduce amendments to workers compensation legislation to make it easier for firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers to claim their workers compensation entitlements. The amendments reverse the onus of proof for firefighters who are diagnosed with one of 12 prescribed cancers and do not impose a limit on accessing the provision post-employment. Known as presumptive legislation, firefighters who are diagnosed from today onwards will be entitled to the amendments, subject to the passing of this legislation. These important changes will ensure our firefighters promptly receive their workers compensation entitlements. Under current legislation, firefighters are fully entitled to claim workers compensation benefits for the cancers proposed to be prescribed. However, they must establish that a listed cancer has arisen from their occupational exposure. This is often very complex and difficult, and insurers may dispute the work relatedness of the cancer and deny liability. The amendments will make it easier for eligible firefighters to claim their existing entitlements. Over the past 12 months, the NSW Government consulted with the Fire Brigade Employees Union and the Rural Fire Service Association, as well as our agency and the Rural Fire Service, in the development of these reforms. Regards, CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT DAVE FELTON AFSM, COMMISSIONER'S CHIEF OF STAFF, OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER. T: (02) 9265 2678 M: 0417 414 824 E: 1 Amarina Avenue, Greenacre, NSW 2190.    Previous Message

Update on the PFAS legacy issue,
published on the F+RNSW intranet. Details

Another report on the problem with old type Foam.

Latest PFAS information
supplied by Chief Superintendent Dave Felton AFSM.
1. Information Sheet - PFAS Questions & Answers
2. Information Sheet Firefighting Foam and PFAS
3. Timeline - FRNSW Historical Use of PFAS Containing Firefighting Foam

Email from Garry Malpass. To come straight to the point. I was hoping I could get a message across to the members who retired medically unfit regarding rehab providers and insurance companies. The background is, that once you go out on workers comp the insurers will send you to a rehab provider so they can return you to work in suitable employment with a new employer. Under the workcover act you have the right to choose your own rehab provider. Therefore the crunch of the matter is, I can put them in contact with a really good rehab provider if they wish. So if any members are interested they can email me and I will give them the details. Thanks Garry Malpass.

Letter From Roger Bucholtz Re: Defined Benefit Income. Letter

The FRNSW Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  These medals are not automatically issued to existing retirees. If you qualify you must submit a Request To Be Recognised For Long Service And Good Conduct Award form.  Form

Dates Items Last Updated

Commissioner Corner 25/03/2017
Funeral Notices 17/04/2019
Commissionerís Orders 10/04/2019
Photo Gallery 17/03/19
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