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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!

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter John WATKINS (2669), formerly of the Specialist Maintenance Section on Sunday 11 November 2018. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Ian BUCHANAN (1335), formerly of Glebe and Newtown Fire Stations on Thursday the 8th November 2018. Ian also served as a Station Officer with ACT Fire & Rescue. He had family within FRNSW; his brother is retired SO Warren Buchanan, his brother-in-law was SO Alan Salter (deceased) and his nephew is serving Inspector Ray Buchanan. Funeral

Information regarding Reg Brown has been received from Paul Brown, stating that he has now been admitted to Yallambe Court aged care facility at 22 Yallambe Avenue, West Gosford, near Gosford RSL. If you should wish to visit Reg, phone 4349 2300 for a suitable visiting time. Regards Mick Ryan

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Retained FF Brian HIBBERD (238002), formerly of Broken Hill Fire Station on Friday 2nd November 2018 . Funeral

Latest In-Orders 18/22

Please be advised that retired Firefighter Robert “Bobby” Stewart, formally of Queanbeyan Fire Station, is currently in the intensive care unit at Canberra Hospital as a result of a fall from the roof of his house. Visitation is limited at this time. Further information can be obtained by contacting A/Inspector Jason Murphy on 0410 645 730

he Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Captain Albert (Bert) SMITH (464001) formerly of 464 Station Toronto, on 4th November 2018. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of retired Captain Stephen FITZ (495011), formerly of 495 Station Wentworth Falls, on 1st November 2018. Funeral


NSWFB Golf Club
next game is at PENRITH Golf Club, Monday 26th November 2018. Flyer


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter Anastasios (Stacey) ZANTIOTIS (205033), formerly of Casino and Armidale Fire Stations. Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer Peter GEORGE (4420), formerly of Mona Vale, Willoughby and Avalon Fire Stations, on 18 October 2018. Funeral

Hi Everyone, Next Monday, 5th November is the day for our monthly breakfast, ie Paul Brown's soiree, at Wamberal Surf Club, Dover Road, Wamberal, at 9.30 am. All firefighters and retired firefighters are welcome.
Come along and renew old and new acquaintances, save a few front fences and set the World to rights.
See you there. Cheers, Mick Ryan


supplied by Paul Roussis of 'E' District Retirees Reunion held at Club Redfern (Redfern RSL) on 24th October 2018 placed in Photo Gallery.

Presumptive Legislation for Firefighter Cancers
:- information from Mick Ryan

'B District Metro East 2 Crows Nest' Retirees Luncheon:- 15th  November 2018. Meet up with old workmates and friends and make new ones with the new breed of dedicated Firefighters and marvel at the improved equipment. Flyer

" G " District - North West Region or West Region 18 th Annual Roll Call
. Retired members B-B-Q at Parramatta Fire Station Every one welcome . Saturday 10th November 2018 11am " C " on Duty. Grandchildren Welcome. RSVP required : numbers attending : 27 stn. 98954620 / email . or 9628567. Support us So we can support you. All retired functions rely on your attendance.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer Robert JOHNSON (6075), formerly of Forestville Fire Station and OTEN assessor, on Wednesday 10 October 2018. Funeral

The NSW Fire Brigade Museum has requested help in identifying the Station Officer and District Officer in the attached photo. The photo was taken at the 'Delos' Ship Fire on 8/9/1970. They would also like any information on the ship fire itself. Photo


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer George SMITH (3924), formerly of Bulli Fire Station, on Sunday 7 October 2018. Funeral

Please be advised that 521181 Firefighter Dallas Thurlow (Lithgow Fire Station) has been admitted to hospital with a serious illness. He is currently undergoing tests. Enquiries can be directed to Captain Melanie Palmer on 0448 531 231.

From Jim Neal:
Update on Retired Station Officer Reg Brown, he has been transferred from Gosford hospital to Brisbane Water private hospital 21 Violets ave Woy Woy, he is improving each day, I’m sure reg would welcome visitors . Further updates will come through his ex son in law Jim Neal 

From Retired Chief Superintendent Mick Ryan: Hi Everyone, Just a reminder that we will not be meeting for breakfast this coming Monday, as the Wamberal Club cafe will not be opening because of the long weekend. This was decided upon when we met last time. The date for our next BBQ has been decided upon. It will be held on Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 at Stn. 351 Bateau Bay, which is in Community Drive, Bateau Bay. Cross street is Village Road. I’ll be sending out a brochure with full details in a few weeks time. In the meantime, please mark the date in your diary. Cheers Mick.

Permanent Messages

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.

The Museum of Fire
is requesting your assistance. Please see attached flyer on how you can help.

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

I'd just like to remind members that if they have any old photos, or stories, they wish to publish on the web.  You can either download the photos yourself by making an account on the photo application, or, if that is too daunting, you can attach them to an email, or post them to me on a cd and I will place them on the web.  If you make an account on the photo application, please email me so I can authorise it!  Also, if you provide some info on the photographs I will add that too!     Barry Fiddler.

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Commissioner Corner 18/03/17
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In-Orders 07/11/18
Photo Gallery 27/10/18
Retirement Functions 06/11/18
Social Events 06/11/18