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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 David GREGORY (378050), formerly of Mittagong Fire Station, on 9th January 2019. Funeral

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2019/01

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Lionel LINDSAY (386002),  formerly of Mt Victoria Fire Station, on 24th December 2018. Funeral

We have received information from Syd Stephenson that Fred WINSTANLEY passed away at 8.30 am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer Reginald (Reg) BROWN (1376), formerly of Hornsby and Beecroft Fire Stations’ ‘C’ Platoon, on the 03 January 2019.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter Peter DAVIES (227003), formerly of Blayney Fire Station, on the 1st January, 2019. Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Retained Firefighter John Henry FRYER
(69001) formerly of, Dee Why Fire Station on 29th December 2018. Funeral


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Mark DOLAHENTY, of the Industrial Relations team, Greenacre on the 25th of December 2018. Funeral


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Stephen WALTON (300029), formerly of 300 Station Gilgandra. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 9267 Senior Firefighter Luke HYDE of 292 Station Doyalson, on 25 December 2018. Funeral details will be provided in due course. Funeral

Please be advised that AFAC have released the date for the 2019 AFAC National Memorial Service being held at the National Emergency Service Memorial, Rond Terrace, Parkes ACT. The event will occur on 1 May 2019 at 0845 to 1000 hours. A flyer is attached with more information. Please share this information with your colleagues including retirees etc. Regards, PAUL BAXTER Commissioner. 

Update on Retired Station Officer Peter Briton
The Doctors are happy with the operation and his recovery since the operation. He will be returning home on Tuesday and can contacted on his mobile. 0417-433-938

We have received information from Retired Station Officer Peter Briton that he is entering Hospital this afternoon. Peter is entering North Shore Private Hospital for a Back Operation to occur to-morrow. The Operation is expected to take 5-6 Hours, with bone graft and fusion in different locations. He is not expected to be suitable for any contact until Saturday. A contact number at the Hospital may be available by then.

Photos of NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon and Parramatta Luncheon placed in
Photo Gallery.

The Museum of Fire is asking for assistance in the production of historic research for the upcoming station and brigade celebrations of several Fire Stations. Details

Christmas Goodies from the Museum of Fire. Flyer

Presumptive Legislation for Firefighter Cancers
:- information from Chief Super Mick Ryan

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.

Dates Items Last Updated

Commissioner Corner 18/03/17
*** Funeral Notices 18/01/19 ***
*** Commissioner’s Orders 17/01/19 ***
Photo Gallery 10/12/18
*** Retirement Functions 18/01/19 ***
Social Events 08/01/19