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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.

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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Senior Firefighter (3411 and 4062) Leonard (Lawrie) Alwin FERGUSON on 2 June 2019. Senior Firefighter Ferguson had two periods of service, retiring from NSWFB in 1979. Firefighter Ferguson has been privately cremated.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Deputy Secretary of the Board of Fire Commissioners Alf McGRATH. Mr. McGrath was the Director of Human Resources for the NSW Fire Brigades on his retirement. Mr. McGrath was the father of retired Senior Firefighter Ian McGrath and the father in law of retired Superintendent Ed Mednis. Funeral .

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Superintendent (1734) Keith HOLTON on Thursday 6 June 2019. Former Inspector Holton was a VIP guest at the 2018 Dubbo State Championships. Funeral

NSW Fire Brigade Retiree’s Assoc. Inc. Central Coast BBQ: On Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019 at 1100 hrs NSW Fire Brigade Retiree’s Assoc. Inc. Central Coast Area, is having a BBQ lunch at Umina Fire Station 340, at 55-59 Trafalgar Avenue, Umina. Food and drink will be supplied by the Fire Brigade. It is hoped that you will be able to attend, together with your wife, partner or friend. Please contact me (Mick Ryan) on Ph.4324 4809 or 0438 244 803, or by email at to assist with catering. (No alcohol is allowed on Fire Brigade premises) We are updating our list of retired firefighters on the Central Coast, so if you know of any retired firefighters who have come to the Central Coast, would you ask them to contact me so that they can be included on our list. If you do not wish to be contacted regarding these functions, please let me know so that your name can be removed from the list. Details

We have received information that 5831 Edmund Joseph SALSKI ex 802 Katoomba Comms passed away on 30/05/2019. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter John ELLIS, formerly of 203 Station Albury. Retained Firefighter Ellis is the father of retired Station Officer Guy Ellis. Funeral

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2019/11 


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter (389010) Leslie CAMERON, formerly of Number 389 Station Harden.

The next "E" District Reunion 4 (EDR4) will be held on Tuesday 15th October 2019 to be held 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. Great way to rekindle old friends. For more information Contact Paul (Demi) Roussis 0434813131 or Peter McCoy 0405675416. Also there is a facebook group ‘NSWFB “E” District Reunion’ for those on facebook who would like to join for updated information. Thank you, Paul Roussis.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer (2687) Charles Henry RAYNER
on Thursday 14 May 2019. Formerly of Headquarters (City of Sydney), Newtown, Revesby, Bankstown, Fairfield, Campbelltown, Wollongong and Bulli. Station Officer Rayner retired in 1997. A private family funeral has already been held.


The Museum of Fire has requested assistance with any historical information you may be able to provide for upcoming station and Brigade celebrations. Flyer

We have received a request from Marianne Robinson the daughter of 1855 Leslie Victor Ahearn who joined the brigade on 9th September 1955 and left in 1963. He was stationed both at No 13 Waterloo and also in the city in Castlereagh St. Leslie is turning 90 in August and Marianne is trying to find a photo of him in his uniform. He knows that there was a photo of him in the newspaper taken when they were fighting a fire which was the St Peters Ice Cream factory and he also thinks that there was a photo of him in a group in uniform when the Queen came past the fire station. Any help that anyone can provide would be welcome. Complete email and contact details.

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

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