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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 5229 Neale FRASER formally of 260 Station C Platoon, on Saturday 24 March 2018.Funeral details to be advised when they become available.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer 5107 Albert CLIFFORD formally of 27 D Platoon,on Saturday 24 March 2018.Funeral details to be advised when they become available.


The Photo Gallery has been updated with 220 photos kindly provided by Bob Morris's Daughter Margaret. Bob Morris would be well known by all Firefighters serving before 1982 when he retired. Margaret would like help in identifying other people in the photographs. If you can help please email me with the information, stating the photo number and position of the person/persons in the photograph. I will add the information to the photo and pass it on to Margaret. Regards, Barry.


371009 D/Capt. Allan Bannon (ret.) from 371 Station Macksville is suffering a serious illness. He is resting at home at this time. All enquiries to Inspector Tony Lenthall 0427 148 168.

Hi All, Just a friendly reminder that 210 Balgownie Captain Greg Fredericks AFSM farewell function is fast approaching on Saturday 07/04/18, if you are coming could you please make payment and let me know as RSVP are due by next Friday 30/03/18 there are no tickets available at the door. If you have any questions please contact me by email or on 0413648479. Acting Captain Luke Rowles.


Message from retired Firefighter David Donohoe:
Dear Friends,  I just signed the petition "STOP The Unsafe Changes to Aviation Safety Regulations!" and wanted to ask if you could add your name too. This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:
Thank you! Dennis.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retained Firefighter 521434 Anthony (Tony) HENNESSY 
of 359 Lawson Fire Station on 19th March 2018. Tony had a long term illness, Funeral details will be advised once arrangements have been made. 


Retired Inspector Bryan Booker is still in Concord General Hospital, following a Stroke last week, He is undergoing rehab and has been transferred to the Rehab Ward 14.. Contact is available on 9767 6014.


The 2018 Guns & Hoses Surf Comp is on again 8th/9th May 2018. Any queries please call Station Officer Andrew White 0412561028 or 353 Kincumber Station. Entry Form & Details.

Latest In-Orders 18/05


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Phillip Edward BOOKER (3860) formerly of No. 54 Station Cronulla, ‘C’ Platoon, on Sunday 11 March 2018. 


The Annual Sean Maroney 000 Aquathon is again to be held at Brighton Le Sands at 10am, Wednesday the 28th March 2018. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 5800 Retired Station Officer Wayne McMAHON on 24th February 2018. Wayne served at 36,01,25,50,43,61,58,341,304,434 stations. Wayne had a long term illness.

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.


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. 

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

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 25/03/18 ***
In-Orders 16/03/18
***  Photo Gallery 24/03/18 ***
 Retirement Functions 18/02/18
Social Events 16/03/18