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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 Noel Thomas NICHOLSON, formerly of 271 station Crookwell on the 2nd of February 2021. His funeral was held on Friday the 12th of February 2021.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2021/03 

Hi Everyone, Next Monday, 1st March, 2021 is our next breakfast meeting. We meet at 9.30 am at Wamberal Surf Club, Dover Road, Wamberal. 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, Mick

Send Off for Captain Vin Slattery Mulwala Fire and Rescue. Saturday, 27th March 2021 Flyer


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Captain Ian JENKINS, formerly of 281 station Dunedoo on Friday the 12th February 2021. Funeral details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter William James (Jimmy) HEYHORN (385004), formerly of 385 Station Moss Vale, on Sunday 14th February 2021. Funeral details

Retired Station Officer Alan (Sam) WALKER AFSM (5416) Wake Information

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired SO Peter STEPHENS (4572) formerly of 88 station Campbelltown, 90 station Menai, et al. on Monday 1st February 2021 at the age of 80.  Funeral details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Neville WALTERS (284007), formerly of 284 station Delroy on Sunday 24th January 2021.  Funeral details

Notice to members re-Rembrandt Apartments fire Bayswater Rd. Kings Cross 1981: Dear Retirees, I am 5749 David Redmond. I would like to hear from any who attended the Rembrandt Apartments Fire in 1981 at Baywater Road, Kings Cross. I recently, by chance met with a Resident survivor of that fire. We had a tremendous afternoon together. It was the first time he had had a chance to meet with any Firefighter who served on that night. I believe there were sadly 10 fatalities. John whom I spoke with was one of the last rescued to get out alive. I am hoping to meet with him again and possibly other survivors with any Firefighters that may be interested. I can be contacted on 0402146012 or e-mail This year marks 40 years since that tragic event. 

Permanent Messages

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

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: Website:  Duty Officer: 0477 342 750

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

Dates Items Last Updated
Commissioner Corner 25/03/2017
*** Funeral Notices 26/02/2021 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 25/03/2021 ***
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
*** Retirement Functions 23/02//2020 ***
*** Social Events 24/02/2021 ***