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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!

Hi all, FRNSW 2020 Ball is fast approaching with tickets to this year’s event are selling fast! At the request of staff, ticket sales have been extended to Friday 8 March. To avoid disappointment please email and secure your tickets. Table bookings of 8 – 12 people are also available. Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Roberta “Bobbie” BROOKER, the wife of 511001 Captain Neil BROOKER AFSM (Deceased), formerly of Yass, on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

Hi Everyone, Next Monday, 2nd March 2020, is the date for the next Breakfast 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. Regards, Mick Ryan

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Allan KELSO (5137), formerly of 19 Station Silverwater, on Tuesday 4th February 2020. A Funeral Service has already been held.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Athol SHELTON (471021), formerly of 282 Station Dungog and 471 Station Tea Gardens, on Saturday 15th February 2020.

Illness notice: The Commissioner wishes to advise that retired Engine Keeper Dennis JOLLIFFE (401012), formerly of 401 Station Narromine and 467 Station Tumut, is currently in Narromine Hospital suffering from a serious illness. Dennis has advised that visitors are welcome. All visitors are requested to first contact Narromine Hospital on (02) 6889 9600. Alternatively, to send a message or receive updates on Dennis’ condition, please contact Captain Ewen Jones on 0419 607 381. 

E District Reunion (EDR5) will be held earlier this year on Wednesday 26th August 2020 at Club Redfern (Redfern RSL) from 12 noon onwards. This event is for E District members and also anyone else who would like to attend. You don’t have to be exclusively E District. As previous years it is a casual get together of old friends for a few beers and tall stories. Any further enquiries contact Paul (Demi) Roussis on 0434813131 or join our Facebook group “NSWFB E DISTRICT REUNION” for updates and photos.

A State Memorial for those impacted by the recent bush fires will take place on Sunday 23 February 2020. The memorial will be held at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park. Fire and Rescue NSW employees, partner agencies, families and the community are invited to attend the event. The event is free. Event Details

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/03 

Bands Together For The Bushies:- A fundraising event with all proceeds going to the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade. Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 1pm to 6pm. Live Muic, Raffles, Kids Backyard, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Sausage Sizzle and so much more. Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain John Kenneth JONES (300004), formerly of 300 Station Gilgandra, on Saturday 1st February 2020. Captain Jones is the father-in-law of Captain Steven Johnson of 359 Lawson.  Funeral

Fire Rescue 360 App.
Fire Rescue NSW has released an app for mobile phones that gives current information on various subjects. Simply download the app and login as a guest to view the information. More information an be viewed here.

NSWFB GOLF CLUB: Please see the attached NSWFB Golf Club game flyer for our 2nd game for 2020 our annual challenge against the ACT Fire Brigades Golf Club at Gerrigong. The February game for 2020 is at Gerrigong Golf Club on Thursday Canarvon 27th & Shoal Haven Heads Golf Club on Friday 28th February. Please note all FRNSW staff, friends and family are invited to play any or all of the Golf Clubs games. Any questions please contact me (Glenn) on 0407 516252 or at 68 Stn Narrabeen on C Platoon, or Greg Flynn on 0404885675 (Retired FF), or Gav Nagle on 0407 233127 or 36 Stn Crows Nest on C Platoon. Flyer  Golf 2020 Games

Centenary of Wentworthville Fire Station. Retired members are hereby invited to attend the upcoming centenary of Wentworthville Fire Station on Monday 24th February 2020 at 1000 hrs. Address: Cnr Garfield and Pritchard Streets, Wentworthville NSW 2145. Dress code: Business attire/smart casual for non-uniformed personnel and guests 
RSVP: email or by phone 9895 4600 by Friday 7 February 2020.

Photos of Parramatta Annual Luncheon
added to Photo Gallery.

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 25/02/2020  ***
Commissioner’s Orders 12/02/2020
Photo Gallery 11/01/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
Retirement Functions 19/02//2020

*** Social Events 25/02/2020  ***