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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!

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

Reminder: 5228 Station Officer Steve Reid send off Thursday 29th August 2019. Details

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.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2019/16 

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

Next NSWFB Golf Club game: Monday 26th August 2019.
Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club. Flyer

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

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter (520110) Geoffrey HOUNSELL from Number 365 Station Lockhart on Sunday 4 August 2019. Funeral


The Commissioner wishes to advise that retired Superintendent Robert (Bob) McGowan is suffering from a serious illness. Any enquiries regarding Bob’s condition can be referred to Superintendent Warwick Kidd on 0407 237 321


REMINDER: SOUTH REGION GET TOGETHER 2019:   Wednesday 21st August 2019. At No 21 Station, Gray Street (cnr Kensington Street) KOGARAH. Time: 10.30 hours – 14.30 hours. RSVP Wednesday, 14th August. Contact : Bill Powell Ph: 9583 2706 (Please leave message) Email: or Bruce Johnson Ph: 9417 2187. PLEASE NOTE : No Parking Available At Station. Details

Photos of Springwood BBQ held on 7th August 2019 added to
Photo Gallery.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Chief Superintendent Keith EADIE (2756), on  Friday 26th July 2019. Funeral

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

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.

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

Dates Items Last Updated

Commissioner Corner 25/03/2017
*** Funeral Notices 18/08/2019 ***
Commissioner’s Orders 15/08/2019
Photo Gallery 09/08/19
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/08/2019
***  Retirement Functions 19/08/2019 ***
 *** Social Events 20/08/2019 ***