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News Flashes!

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Senior Legal Officer Peter HEARN, formally of the Executive Suite, Corporate Head Office, on Monday 11th March 2019. Funeral

Photos from Phil Cox added to Photo Gallery

253 Casino Centenary:
On behalf of the Commissioner, I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the 253 Casino Station Centenary, located at 43 Hickey Street, Casino 2470 on Saturday, 6 April 2019 at 10:00 am. The dress code is: ∑ Firefighters: Summer dress uniform, ribbons, peak cap and tie, ∑ On shift operational firefighters: duty wear,  Non-uniformed personnel and guests: business attire/smart casual. Please RSVP with your acceptance to me by email or by phone 66811847 before 23 March 2019. Please contact me if you have any further inquiries about this event. Fire & Rescue NSW KYLA FAY AREA ADMIN OFFICER REGIONAL NORTH ZONE 2 OFFICE T: 02 66811847 

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2019/05 

We have received information from Superintendent Peter Stathis that Ian (The Toad) Harrisís wife Barbara HARRIS passed away over the weekend.
Her funeral details are as follows; Date: Thursday 14 March 2019, Time: 15:00 Hours
Location: Nth Chapel Pinegrove Crematorium, Kington Street, MINCHENBURY, I lost contact with them in recent times so I donít have an address for those of you who may wish to send a card, but if I find out I will advise accordingly. Regards, Peter.x.s Superintendent Peter Stathis AFSM

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


NSWFB Golf Club
next game Tuesday 19th March 2019 Gerringong Golf Club intercity Challenge. Any questions please contact Glenn on 0407 516252 or at 68 Stn Narrabeen on C Platoon, or Greg Flynn on 0404885675 or at 47 Stn Reversby on B Platoon, or Gav Nagle on 0407 233127 or 36 Stn Crows Nest on C Platoon. Details 
NSW Golf Club 2019 Games


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of former Firefighter Allen Robert DOWELL (467010), formerly of the 467 Tumut, on 1st March 2019. Funeral


The families of Ivan Skinner wish to advise that Ernest Ivan SKINNER formerly of Radio Workshops Chullora passed away last week on Thursday 28th February 2019.  Funeral The family also provided some photos of Ivan.

The Commissioner would like to advise that the late Firefighter George BALDOCK (8352), who passed away while serving on the 27th February 2019, will be farewelled on Wednesday 13th March with a Full Brigade Funeral. Funeral

As advised earlier, retired Station Officer Noel "The Horse" Sweatman, formally of Headquarters and Glebe Fire Stations, suffered a fall at home and is currently in Gosford Private Hospital. Visitors and calls are welcome. Gosford Private Hospital, Burrabi Avenue, North Gosford. Ph: (02) 4324 7111

Information recieved from Jim Neal: 2808 Firefighter Francis JORDAN formally attached to punch bowl fire station today passed away at Campbell Town hospital, Funeral

Permanent Messages

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 18/03/2017
*** Funeral Notices 19/03/2019 ***
Commissionerís Orders 13/03/2019
*** Photo Gallery 17/03/19 ***
Retirement Functions 05/03/2019

Social Events 14/03/2019