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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!

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Eric 'Rick' HODGES (3274), formerly of 045 Station Miranda. Rick joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 15th June 1964 and retired on 21st September 2001 
Funeral  Anyone wishing to submit a message of condolence may do so utilising the online condolence form.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Eric LARKINS (454004), formerly of 454 Station Tarro, on Monday 6th July 2020. Eric joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1975 and served as Captain of the Tarro Brigade from 1992 until 2004. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised. Anyone wishing to submit a message of condolence may do so utilising the online condolence form..

From Mick Ryan:
I have been informed by the Zone Office, that they do not receive visitors to fire stations at present, owing to the Corona Virus restrictions. Therefore, we will not be having a mid year BBQ this year. Perhaps things will improve and we will be able to have our November/December BBQ. Regards from Mick Ryan

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Commissioner Vice Admiral Ian MacDOUGALL AC AFSM, on Wednesday 1st July 2020. Mr MacDOUGALL was a former Maritime Commander Australia, from 1989 until 1990, served as Chief of Naval Staff, from 1991 until 1994, and Commissioner of the NSW Fire Brigades, from June 1994 until July 2003. He retired to Murrawah, Tasmania, with his Late wife Sonia and is survived by his two sons, Fergus and Hamish. Funeral details will be distributed once advised. Anyone wishing to submit a message of condolence may do so utilising the online condolence form.

NSWFB Golf Club -
The next game is at Cronulla Golf Club on the 13th July 2020. If you are interested, please contact either- Greg Flynn - 0404 885 675, Glen Lovelace 68C- 0407 516 252 or Gavin Nagle 36C- 0407 233 127. Details here.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/13 

Message from Mick Ryan: I’ve been in touch with the caterers at Wamberal Surf Club today and they assure me that they can cater for our retired firefighters breakfast meeting next Monday, 6th July. We meet 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 Station Officer Donald Andrew WILSON (2653),
  formerly of 008 Station Liverpool, on Saturday 20th June 2020. Don joined the NSW Fire Brigades in January 1960 and retired in February 1992. He is the father Inspector Drew Wilson of Metropolitan East 3 Command. Don was 88 years of age. 
Funeral  Don’s family have advised, for those unable to attend, the Funeral Service will be streamed and may be viewed using the following link Donald Wilson Streaming Funeral. Anyone wishing to submit a message of condolence may do so utilising the online condolence form

From David Donohoe:
I have been trying to find an embroided NSWFB badge ( photo attached ) for years 
without success. I have found someone who can make them for $15.00 with or without service number plus approx $5.00 postage. If anyone is interested I can be contacted by email or on 0432999440. Regards, David Donohoe.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Brian 'Colly' COLLISON, formerly of 443 Station Scone. Brian is the father of Deputy Captain Robert Collison and grandfather of Firefighter Daniel Collison, both of 443 Station Scone.
Funeral  Anyone wishing to submit a message of condolence may do so utilising the online condolence form.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Robert CASHMAN (90005), formerly of 090 Station Menai, on Monday 15th June 2020.
Funeral  Capt. Brady Clarke, of 090 Station Menai, may be contacted on 0417 408 293 for further information. Anyone wishing to submit a message of condolence may do so utilising the online condolence form.

Update from the Museum of Fire - Heritage Partner to FRNSW: The Museum of Fire’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that from Saturday 13th June 2020 the Museum of Fire will re-open the CHILDREN’S JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER ZONE INTERACTIVE DISPLAY! If you have not been to the Museum before this is THE place to take your little firefighter to play and there is also plenty to do for the “big” Firefighters out there! It has been a tough few months for the Museum of Fire team with the closure of the Museum due to COVID restrictions and the recent loss of our CEO Mark White. After calling an emergency meeting, the Board convened and have appointed Belinda McMartin (the museum’s former Senior Heritage and Research Officer) as Interim CEO. We look forward to a bright future for the Museum and believe Belinda will continue to steer the Museum towards a bright future. Kind Regards, BOARD OF DIRECTORS MUSEUM OF FIRE 

The Association has received information from Ted Thompson that Betty Davies, wife of former Chief Officer Fred Davies, is in hospital and not very well aged 94. She will be there for a while. At this stage she is not allowed visitors. Her address is Arcadia Private Hospital, 4 Daydream St., WARRIEWOOD NSW 2102

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

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.

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 06/07/2020 ***
Commissioner’s Orders 01/07/2020
Photo Gallery 11/01/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
Retirement Functions 19/02//2020

Social Events 02/07/2020