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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!

Friday Firies is on again this Friday 23rd February 2018 commencing at 0900 for bowls or 1200 for BBQ lunch at Toongabbie Sports Club, 12 Station Rd, Toongabbie NSW 2146. Contact Peter Casey 0414 344 454 for more information.

2018 Shellharbour Retirees luncheon: Tuesday 17th April 2018. Details

Changes to the Committee: Due to the non-response to fill the position of Treasurer the following appointments have been made. Vice President - Bill Powell, Secretary/Treasurer - Ray Kelly. I personally thank them for stepping up.


A day of family fun at the Penrith Working Truck Show, Sunday, 11 March 2018. Details


Decrease in Centrelink Pension Payments

Retired Inspector Tom Keelty is concerned that Retirees may be disadvantaged by the reduction of Centrelink aged pensions every September with the CPI increase. Tom is concerned that we will eventually lose our Government pension altogether and our pension card as well and believes we are entitled to these entitlements as former tax payers. 
“We paid our super contributions on our gross pay amount, not our net amount so the Government did well out of us. Consider also the measly pay we received over those years. I won’t go on any more but you may have good ideas on this as well.” Tom gives the following example – “I am in receipt of State Superannuation payments, also I receive a Centrelink pension of $150 per fortnight. Every September my super is adjusted to the CPI increment. This year it was $10 per fortnightly payment. Every time this increase happens the Government cuts the pension by this exact amount.” 
“I feel, eventually, the Centrelink payments, as well as my pension card with its concessions, will disappear.” Tom has contacted his local Federal Member, Anthony Albanese regarding this issue. He has replied stating that he understands the frustration for people in these circumstances and has offered the services of a person in his office who can help with Centrelink related enquiries. Tom encourages fellow retirees in a similar situation to contact their local Member with their grievance. 

Retired Captain Ronald Bruce Butler (215001)

Dear Everyone, 
As the family of Bruce Butler, Barraba, we would like to thank the NSW Fire Brigade for the wonderful support we have received since our Dad passed away on February 9, 2018. Dad's coffin was draped with the NSW Fire Brigade flag, and in pride of place was an old brass helmet, on loan from Captain Peter Hancock of Barraba. The Fire Truck stood outside the church and led the hearse away. The local fireys were in attendance, and several brigade members from Manilla and Tamworth attended. Zone Commander Tom Cooper led the brigade members in a Guard of Honour and Salute. This was all such a fitting tribute to a man who loved being a Fireman, and as children we were so lucky to grow up surrounded by the Fire Brigade family. Thank you to all the local Fireys for your support, especially Captain Peter Hancock and our uncle, Fireman Ian Butler. Your help in the past few days will not be forgotten. Dad would have been a very proud Firey. Ken Butler, Marion McMullan, and Sharon Mulligan

Latest In-Orders 18/03

The Health & Fitness Team are pleased to provide the first FireFit Newsletter for 2018. 


NSWFB Golf Club next game flyer for Monday 26th February 2018 at Mona Vale


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Ronald Bruce BUTLER, known as ‘Bruce’ (215001) from 215 Station Barraba, on 9 February 2018. Bruce joined on 15th August, 1955 and retired in 1993. Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.


Photo's added to Photo Gallery. These are Photo’s of the Coffin of Retired Station Officer 1904 Phil Dryden. The Funeral was held last month and as a Tribute to his Father, Bernie Dryden had this casket made for him. Something special!!!


The NSWFB Retirees Association Incorporated is calling for nominations to fill the vacant position of Treasurer on the Committee. Any interested members should contact the Secretary Ray Kelly on (02) 9626 8289 or by email Closing date for nominations is 17th February 2018.

New Photos
supplied by Retired Inspector Tom Keelty added to Photo Gallery

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Bob OUTRAM formerly of 251 Station Cardiff (1945 to 1974) on 19th January 2018. Funeral


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 1904 Retired Station Officer Phillip DRYDEN  on 21st January 2018. Phillip leaves behind his wife Anne, and children Paul, Laurie, Leo, Bernard and Stephanie.


Update on Captain Andrew Armitage. Andrew is currently recovering at home and undergoing local treatment from his time in hospital. For further information please contact Inspector Tony Lenthall on 0427 148 168.


2018 Mardi Gras Invitation
:- FRNSW has  been invited to participate in the 2018 Sydney Mardi Gras on Saturday 3rd March 2018. If you are interested in taking part, details are supplied here.

Please be advised that
The NSW Fire Brigades Retirees Association Incorporated has changed it's email account to

Permanent Messages

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 08/03/17
 Funeral Notices 12/02/18
In-Orders 14/02/18
Photo Gallery 08/02/18
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***  Social Events 21/02/18 ***