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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 com plete the Membership Form on line.

News Flashes!

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Norman BROWN (422007), formerly of 422 Station Warrawong, on Monday 9th September 2019. Funeral

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2019/18 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Manager Corporate Admin. & Executive Support Anne FIEN, formerly of Head Office, on Saturday 31st August 2019. In keeping with Anne’s wishes, a Funeral Service will not be held.

NSWFB Golf Club next game Tuesday 1st October 2019 Twin Creeks Golf Club.  Flyer


Trivia Night
to raising funds for the Firies climb for MND event. Saturday 26th October 2019. Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer Max UNWIN (2249), formerly of Tighes Hill Fire Station, on Friday 30th August 2019. Funeral

The Commissioner wishes to advise that retired Superintendent Robert (Bob) McGowan (5737) has undergone major surgery, at Royal North Shore Hospital, which was a success. Bob will soon be discharged to recuperate at home, and it is requested that there be no visitors at this time. Any enquiries regarding Bob’s condition can be referred to Superintendent Warwick Kidd on 0407 237 321

FIRU is please to bring you the latest FIRU Newsletter for 2019. This issue is packed with updates and stories from the team. Please enjoy the read and submit any questions, comments or suggestions to: FIRU Newsletter Issue 9

The next "E" District Reunion 4 (EDR4) will be held on Tuesday 15th October 2019 at Club Redfern (Redfern RSL) commencing at 12 noon. All welcome to attend and you don’t have to be ex E district just turn up. For more information Contact Paul (Demi) Roussis 0434813131 or Peter McCoy 0405675416. Thank you, Paul Roussis.

Can anyone help out with who the DO is in this photo? I understand this was the Ammonia Gas Explosion at the St Peters Ice Cream Factory (Redfern?) back in 1958. Contact Superintendent Adam Dewberry  Staff Officer – Deputy Commissioner Strategic Capability. Headquarters | Fire and Rescue NSW E: 
M: 0407154816 

68 Photos of Kogarah Retirees Luncheon held on Wednesday 21st August 2019 added to
Photo Gallery.


NSW Police & Emergency Services Sailing Regatta
on Lake Macquarie. Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 November 2019. Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer (5733) Frank Norman SMITH, formerly of Umina Fire Station. Funeral details will be advised when they are available. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer (3151) Clifford IRELAND, formerly of Newcastle Comms, on 9 August 2019. Funeral

Up date: retired Senior Firefighter Wayne Martin (6339) is suffering from a serious illness and is currently in Nepean Hospital, Ward 4C. Wayne has recently undergone surgery and it is requested that there be no visitors at this time. Any enquiries regarding Wayne’s condition can be referred to Station Officer Steve Payne (77A) on 0405 380 051.

Reminder: Send off for Deputy Commissioner Mal Connellan. FINAL DATE FOR PAYMENT: 19th August 2019 Details

North West Region / West Region Parramatta Retirees BBQ: SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2019 Starting at 11 am Parramatta Fire Station. RSVP by Wednesday 6th November 2019. Contact: Alan Hitchell 96285675 or 27 Station Parramatta 98954620. FLYER

Date for your diary: Wednesday, 9th October 2019, NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon
at '99' on York. Come and meet up with your old friends and work mates over a drink and good meal. Wives and partners welcome. Cost and invites will be available in early September.

HQ 'C' Platoon Reunion, Saturday, 28th September 2019. All past and present Headquarters and City of Sydney C platoon firies and friends are invited to catch up on old times over a beer. The Palace Hotel 730 George St Haymarket from 1600hrs. RSVP to Chris Perris 0411 022 079 or  Flyer

Permanent Messages

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
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

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Commissioner Corner 25/03/2017
***  Funeral Notices 11/09/2019 ***
***  Commissioner’s Orders 11/09/2019 ***
Photo Gallery 23/08/19
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/08/2019
Retirement Functions 29/08/2019
 Social Events 05/09/2019