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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!


(23/09/2020)
Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/19 
received.

(18/09/2020)
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter (5102) Kim GREENWOOD formerly of 260 Station Newcastle, on Tuesday, 15th September 2020. Kim joined the brigade on 18/10/74 and retired on the 23/5/2003. Funeral Details.. Any further information required please contact 5115 Mick Gilchrist ..retired, on 0407 073 157 Acting on behalf of the family.
To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

(10/09/2020)
Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/18 
received.

(10/09/2020)
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Colin SEIVWRIGHT (4892), formerly of 23 Station Gladesville, on Friday 4 September 2020. He was 80 years of age. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private Funeral Service will be held. To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

(09/09/2020)
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Former Deputy Captain Bryan MAKIN (237006), formerly of 237 Station Branxton-Greta, on Friday 4 September 2020. Funeral. To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

(09/09/2020)
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Kerry GLASSON, nee THOMPSON, (401025), formerly of 401 Station Narromine, on Tuesday 8 September 2020. Funeral. To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

(03/09/2020)
The Commissioner wishes to advise that Retired Inspector Keith BLADES (3475), has been diagnosed with a serious illness. Keith welcomes calls and can be contact on 0419 404 252.

(02/09/2020)
From Mick Ryan: Hi Everyone, This morning I checked out the catering people at Wamberal Surf Club and it is all good for next Monday, 7th September. The Council equipment has been cleared from the street parking and the Surf Club parking is available. So come along, 9.30 Monday morning. All fire fighters and retired fire fighters are welcome. Unfortunately the lift will not be operating. Looking forward to seeing you next Monday, Mick Ryan

(01/09/2020)
A new link has been added to Useful Links which offers f
ree services for victims and their families dealing with the cost and treatment for mesothelioma cancer. https://www.mesotheliomafund.com 

(31/08/2020)
The Association has received information that retired Inspector Konrad (Kon) GEISLER (3130) passed away on Sunday 30th August, 2020. Kon joined the NSWFB in 27/09/1963 and retired on 01/07/1995. He was 85 years of age. Funeral. The family has advised that the service will not be streamed live. To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

(31/08/2020)
Updated:
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Former Firefighter Leslie Victor AHEARN (1855), formerly of A and E Districts, on Monday 24th August 2020. Leslie joined NSW Fire Brigades in September 1955 and served until November 1963. He was aged 91. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the Funeral is by invitation only. The funeral will be live streamed on this link from 11am 2nd September 2020 To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Form.

(31/08/2020)
Updated:
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Captain Andrew 'Drew' ARMITAGE (495036), formerly of 507 Station Woolgoolga and 495 Station Wentworth Falls, on Tuesday 25th August 2020. Funeral. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the Service is by invitation only. The Service will be live streamed via; Keith Logue & Sons (Funeral Directors) FaceBook Page To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

(28/08/2020)
Updated:
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Current Serving Firefighter Graeme LEARD (364027), formerly of 364 Station Lithgow West, on Friday 21st August 2020. Funeral. Prayers for Graeme will be offered on: Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 11:00 hours. Followed by a private cremation. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the Service is by invitation only. The Service will be live streamed via the following link and available for 7 days; https://www.facebook.com/Techybird-103050884680863  To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Form.

(26/08/2020)
The Commissioner wishes to advise that Retired Station Officer Ernest SMITH (4951), is suffering from a serious illness and currently in a Queensland Hospital, recovering from surgery. Ern welcomes calls and can be contacted via 0439 916 019

(26/08/2020)
Updated obituary for Dave Gardner:
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer David (Dave) GARDNER (2296) formerly of 52 Station Campsie, on Wednesday 19th August 2020. Station Officer Gardner joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1958 and served until his retirement in 1989. Dave was a past President and a Life Member of the NSWFB Retirees Association. Station Officer Gardner is the father of Station Officer Phil Gardner (43C). An invitation only funeral (due to COVID restrictions) will be held on Thursday 27th August 2020 at 14:00 hours at the Mary Mother of Mercy Chapel located at Rookwood Cemetery. You can live steam the service at this link 
https://admin.oneroomstreaming.com/email/view/05da93e797 To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

(18/08/2020)
Letter from Advanced Care Paramedic Andrew Bell Re Mental Health Services for first responders: I am writing to you, to encourage a dialogue between the various Ambulance Services, Fire Services, Police Services, Unions and Politicians to improve the working conditions for First Responders. In February 2019, the Parliament of Australia published a report titled ‘The people behind 000: mental health of our first responders’. The committee had many recommendations around access to mental health services for first responders, but also for retired first responders. The committee had the view that there was evidence to suggest that retired officers may be at higher risk of suffering mental health issues such as PTSD. They recommended that ongoing mental health support services be extended to all first responders who are no longer employees. But how can this be achieved?

(17/08/2020)
Another request f
rom Station Officer Ian Grimwood: I have been asked by the Museum of Fire to try to identify the NSWFB / AIF Gallipoli Veteran whose photo I have attached. I was hoping that a retired member may recall the fellow. Any assistance would be most appreciated. Not sure when the photo was taken, possibly 1960/1970s. His medals are: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. The badge on his lapel is the 50th anniversary Gallipoli Badge, issued to Gallipoli Veterans. Thanks and Regards Station Officer Ian Grimwood AFSM, Station Commander, 362 Lismore "C" Platoon Regional North 2. T: (02) 6621 5660 M: 0458 759 400 E: ian.grimwood@fire.nsw.gov.au 139 Molesworth Street, LISMORE, 2480 www.fire.nsw.gov.au 

(17/08/2020)
Request f
rom Station Officer Ian Grimwood: For many years I have been researching NSW Fire Brigades / Fire and Rescue NSW members who have served in Australia’s military forces. I work in conjunction with the Museum of Fire and submit my work for inclusion into the Museums records. The Brigade, post WWI, at one time, had its own RSL Sub Branch and its own journal, titled “The Fireman”. I am keen to be able to access any of the sub branch records and any copies of “The Fireman” to expand on the information I have collated over the years. If any of your members or your archives section has any of the above mentioned documentation, I would be most interested to hear from you and if possible arrange a time to view it. Please feel free to contact me on my mobile number, 0458 759 400, to discuss further. Thanks and Regards, Station Officer Ian Grimwood AFSM, Station Commander, 362 Lismore "C" Platoon Regional North 2. T: (02) 6621 5660 M: 0458 759 400 E: ian.grimwood@fire.nsw.gov.au 139 Molesworth Street, LISMORE, 2480 www.fire.nsw.gov.au 

(04/06/2020)
Online Condolence Book:
With the recent sad passing of firefighters within our FRNSW family, it is fitting to honour them and reflect on their service by creating a personalised online condolence book. Details


Permanent Messages


(14/04/2020)
Need someone to talk to? The Retiree’s Peer Support Team is a group of retired firefighters, who are there to support other firefighters when personal difficulties arise in their life. Right now, many people are experiencing further challenges caused by draught, bushfire crisis and now a worldwide pandemic. The members of retiree’s peer support are not counselors, but someone to talk to and if appropriate, guide you to professional help. All conversations are treated with confidentiality. Contact Information: Email: retiredpeersfrnsw@gmail.com Website: www.retiredfirefightersupport.com.au  Duty Officer: 0477 342 750

(09/03/2019)
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 darinsullivan1@gmail.com

(27/10/2018)
Presumptive Legislation for Firefighter Cancers
:- information from Chief Super Mick Ryan

(27/09/2018)
PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION BILL:
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: david.felton@fire.nsw.gov.au. 1 Amarina Avenue, Greenacre, NSW 2190. 
www.fire.nsw.gov.au    Previous Message

(17/06/2018)
Update on the PFAS legacy issue,
published on the F+RNSW intranet. Details

(12/10/2017)
Another report on the problem with old type Foam.

(16/08/17)
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

(12/11/16)
 
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. gmalpass@tpg.com.au

(11/01/16)
Letter From Roger Bucholtz Re: Defined Benefit Income. Letter

(14/03/12)
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 18/09/2020
*** Commissioner's Orders 23/09/2020 ***
Photo Gallery 11/01/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
Retirement Functions 19/02//2020

Social Events 02/09/2020