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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!

We have received information from Retired Station Officer Peter Briton that he is entering Hospital this afternoon. Peter is entering North Shore Private Hospital for a Back Operation to occur to-morrow. The Operation is expected to take 5-6 Hours, with bone graft and fusion in different locations. He is not expected to be suitable for any contact until Saturday. A contact number at the Hospital may be available by then.

Photos of NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon and Parramatta Luncheon placed in
Photo Gallery.

Please be advised that retired Firefighter Rod Trueman, formally of Burwood and Liverpool Fire Stations, has been admitted to Concord Hospital for surgery. Visitors are welcome and Rod can be contacted on his mobile phone – 0411 704 849.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter James MARTIN (6585), formerly of Belmont, Charlestown and Cardiff Fire Stations on the 18th of November 2018.  Funeral


The Commissioner regrets to advise thar Shellharbour SES member Billy Joe (Winch) MARTIN passed away suddenly while serving the community on the 28th November 2018, aged 39. A Celebration of his Life is to be held on Friday the 7th of December 2018 commencing at 11.00am. Northcliffe Chapel of Hansen & Cole, 634 Northcliffe Drive, Kembla Grange. Brigade members attending may attend in uniform. Dress Code: Summer dress uniform (without galatea), Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons. Donations are invited to the SES in lieu of flowers, a box will be located in the Chapel.

The Museum of Fire is asking for assistance in the production of historic research for the upcoming station and brigade celebrations of several Fire Stations. Details

Latest In-Orders 18/24

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Captain Russell John McDONALD (387004) formerly of Mudgee Fire Station, on the 26th November 2018.  Funeral

NSWFB Golf Club final game flyer for 2018,
our annual Tom Mood ambrose event at Carnarvon Golf Club Friday 7th December 2018Please note all FRNSW staff, friends and family are invited to play any or all of the Golf Clubs games. 

From John Sinclair Retired Station Commander.
Inviting all fighters retired/current to morning tea at Warnies Cafe, adjacent to Warnervale Rail station,  on the last Friday of each month at 1000hrs. See you all this Friday 30 November 2018 ! John Sinclair, Retired Station Cndr.

Annual SOUTHSIDE XMAS GET TOGETHER Friday 7th December 2018 all welcome. Poster 

From Stephen Nadin. Central Coast Xmas Races. Gosford Races, Riverdale Bar, 6th December 2018, All Welcome Come one, Come All.

Christmas Goodies from the Museum of Fire. Flyer

Hi Everyone, Next Monday, 3rd December 2018, is the day for our monthly breakfast, ie Paul Brown's soiree, at Wamberal Surf Club, Dover Road, Wamberal, at 9.30 am. All firefighters and retired firefighters are welcome. Although this is only the day before our BBQ at Bateau Bay Fire Station, it is hoped you will be able to attend both. Hoping to see you there, Mick

On Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 at 1100 hrs, NSW Fire Brigade Retiree’s Assoc. Inc. Central Coast Area, is having a BBQ lunch at Bateau Bay Fire Station (351), at 4 Community Road, Bateau Bay. Food and drink will be supplied by the Fire Brigade. It is hoped that you will be able to attend, together with your wife, partner or friend. Please contact me (Mick Ryan) to assist with catering on - Ph.4324 4809, mobil 0438 244 803, or by email at . (No alcohol is allowed on Fire Brigade premises) We are updating our list of retired firefighters on the Central Coast, so if you know of any retired firefighters who have come to the Central Coast, would you ask them to contact me so that they can be included on our list. If you do not wish to be contacted regarding these functions, please let me know so that your name can be removed from the list.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of etired Firefighter David George KEMP (88004), formerly of Campbelltown Fire Station on Saturday the 17th November 2018. Funeral

Please be advised of the following illness update; Retired Firefighter Robert 'Bobby' Stewart, formally of Queanbeyan Fire Station has been transferred to Cooma Hospital and is recovering after a recent fall from the roof of his house. Visitors are welcome and Bobby can be contacted on his mobile phone - 0411 549 446

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Col ROSE, formerly of Sawtell and Warialda Fire Stations on Thursday the 15th November 2018. Col had family within FRNSW; his son-in-law is Firefighter Allen Gatenby of Sawtell Station. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of firefighter Michael PATERSON (902040), attached to Narrandera Fire Station, on Monday 12th November 2018. Funeral

Dear Retired Firefighters and Officers, On Friday 30th November 2018, Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Recruit Firefighter Graduation Parade and Ceremonial Day will take place at our State Training College, 189 Wyndham Street, Alexandria. This will be the last Graduation Parade and Ceremonial Day held at the State Training College Alexandria before relocating to the Fire and Emergency Services Academy at Orchard Hills. On behalf of the Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter, I invite you to attend the Graduation. 16 Recruit Firefighters from Class 4/2018 will be presented with Graduation Certificates by the Commissioner as well as a number of Certificates of Promotion to Inspector and long service medals. The ceremony will commence at 1000 hours and all guests are required to be seated by 0930 hours. At the conclusion of the ceremony, light refreshments will be served. Flyer

From: Darin Sullivan Hi mate, I know - It's Movember again and it's annoying, and there are charities all over the place asking for money. Nonetheless, I'm leading the Movember Fire team again this year and need your help - just a little bit. If you can spare a few dollars, can you donate to help us again this year? Appreciate any help you can offer. Cheers, Sully More Info

White Ribbon Walk Friday 23rd November 2018. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter John WATKINS (2669), formerly of the Specialist Maintenance Section on Sunday 11 November 2018. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Ian BUCHANAN (1335), formerly of Glebe and Newtown Fire Stations on Thursday the 8th November 2018. Ian also served as a Station Officer with ACT Fire & Rescue. He had family within FRNSW; his brother is retired SO Warren Buchanan, his brother-in-law was SO Alan Salter (deceased) and his nephew is serving Inspector Ray Buchanan. Funeral

Information regarding Reg Brown has been received from Paul Brown, stating that he has now been admitted to Yallambe Court aged care facility at 22 Yallambe Avenue, West Gosford, near Gosford RSL. If you should wish to visit Reg, phone 4349 2300 for a suitable visiting time. Regards Mick Ryan

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Retained FF Brian HIBBERD (238002), formerly of Broken Hill Fire Station on Friday 2nd November 2018 . Funeral

Please be advised that retired Firefighter Robert “Bobby” Stewart, formally of Queanbeyan Fire Station, is currently in the intensive care unit at Canberra Hospital as a result of a fall from the roof of his house. Visitation is limited at this time. Further information can be obtained by contacting A/Inspector Jason Murphy on 0410 645 730

he Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Captain Albert (Bert) SMITH (464001) formerly of 464 Station Toronto, on 4th November 2018. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of retired Captain Stephen FITZ (495011), formerly of 495 Station Wentworth Falls, on 1st November 2018. Funeral


NSWFB Golf Club
next game is at PENRITH Golf Club, Monday 26th November 2018. Flyer

Presumptive Legislation for Firefighter Cancers
:- information from Chief Super Mick Ryan

Permanent Messages

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.

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.

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