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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.
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Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/24 


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Norman 'Norm' PERRY (2408), formerly of 254 Station Cessnock, on Thursday 26 November 2020. Norm was the Station Commander at 254 Station Cessnock for over 20 years and retired in February 1996. Funeral details.


From Bill Powell AFSM - Subject: Life Membership Honour. It is indeed an honour to accept life membership to NSW Fire Brigades Retirees Association. I thank the Executive and Committee Members for their decision. I feel privileged to join the ranks of other respected life members, the Association's founder Tony Hayman, President Bruce Johnson, Webmaster Barry Fiddler and my very good friend the late Dave Gardner. I am proud to be part of the valued service our Association offers. Committee Members, whether in the Sydney Metropolitan area or the Regional areas of New South Wales work tirelessly assisting retirees and their families to continue the comradeship and friendship formed during service in the NSW Fire Brigades. Bill Powell AFSM

The Commissioner wishes to advise that retired Superintendent Robert "Bob" Smith (2526) is currently in John Hunter Hospital following surgery and will be home on Saturday and would welcome phone calls. Anyone wishing to know more can contact Ted Thompson on 0431 238 062 or Ray Kelly 0458 687 765.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Mrs Betty DAVIES (Retired), former Secretary to Chief Officer Fred Davies, on Saturday 21 November 2020. Betty joined the NSWFB in 1941 and became Chief Officer Davies' secretary in 1975. She retired in September 1980 and married Fred after he retired in October 1980. She was 95 years of age. Funeral details Further details regarding streaming will be made available when received.

Photos of NSWFB Retirees Annual luncheon held on 18th November 2020 added to Photo Gallery.

NSWFB Golf Club
- Flyer for NSWFB Golf Club's upcoming game at Canarvon Golf Course on Friday 4 December, with a 08:30hrs tee off. Please note bookings are preferred for this game. More information on the flyer. 
Regards, SF Glenn Lovelace, NSWFB Golf Club Secretary Treasurer.

Information has been received that Retired Station Officer Norm Perry (2408) is currently in hospital at Macksville and is not allowed visitors. Norm was at Cessnock for over 20 years before he retired in February 1996. Anyone wishing to know more can contact Ted Thompson on 0431 238 062.

Information has been received that Mrs Betty Davies, wife of the late Chief Officer Fred Davies, is currently in Northern Beaches Hospital suffering a fractured leg. Anyone wishing to know more can contact Ted Thompson on 0431 238 062

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

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Commissioner Corner 25/03/2017
***  Funeral Notices 01/12/2020 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 02/12/2020 ***
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
Retirement Functions 19/02//2020

Social Events 24/11/2020