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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.

News Flashes!

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of (2600) S/O Lionel BROWN (Retired) passed away this morning 29/03/2020. Lionel was stationed at #6 Mona Vale and retired in 1989. Funeral details will be forwarded when available.

Michael P. Ryan funeral: Senior Firefighter Adam Ryan has advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions surrounding social distancing, his Late Father’s funeral will be a private service for the immediate family only. Adam wishes to pass on his Mother Lesley, Sisters Alisha and Natalie and the extended Ryan Families’ sincere thanks to the many people who have forwarded their kind words and condolences on his Father’s passing. Adam also wishes to advise that the Family plan to hold a Memorial Service later in the year when the current pandemic emergency has passed. 

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/06 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Firefighter (904253) Don THOMAS  of 398 Narooma (formerly of 513 Toung) on Tuesday 10th March 2020.
Funeral   All firefighters and staff attending must c onsider Government Health Advice prior to and when attending public gatherings. Unfortunately Firefighter Don Thomas (398 Narooma) Memorial Service is postponed and will be held at a later date (TBA)

Museum Closed to the public until further notice: The Museum of Fire is closed to the public until further notice due to current public health orders issued. Onsite security and limited operations will be maintained. During this period, we will deal with inquiries on a priority basis. Access to Museum grounds will be by appointment. Shop online orders will be processed regularly but not daily. We will continue to support Fire and Rescue NSW through our supply and service agreements. All requests for Museum services or access, please email and if important contact 0418 402 478. We ask you to consider information on these sites to assist you. also  and Warmest Regards, Mark. Mark White AFSM OAM  Executive Chairman Museum of Fire 1 Museum Dr, Penrith NSW, 2750|PO Box 400, Penrith NSW, 2750. P:(02) 4731 3000|M:0418 402 478|F:(02) 4731 2983 NSWFB Firenet Ext: 5930 E:  |W:  HERITAGE PARTNERS TO FIRE & RESCUE NSW  DROPBOX to upload large files to me.  ABN 82 857 840 289, Reg Charity DGR # 57122, Authority to Fundraise CFN10426

Cancellation of The Fire and Rescue Annual Ball - 27 March 2020: As events unfold, we have made the decision to cancel the Fire and Rescue NSW Annual Ball scheduled for Friday 27 March 2020. We are currently in negotiations with the venue as to a new date. All tickets will be held in credit for this new date, which we hope to announce shortly. 
We are very sorry for any inconvenience, we have considered long and hard and determined that we must put the health and safety of our guests first. We will communicate more in the near future. Kind Regards, The Ball Committee

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Chief Superintendent (5575) Michael P. Ryan AFSM.  Funeral Details to be advised. 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Lemuel (Lem) ROSE (392001), formerly of 392 Station Muswellbrook, on Friday 6th March 2020.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of (392005) Retire Firefighter David McNAMARA formerly of 392 Station Muswellbrook on Monday 2nd March 2020. 


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Harold CLARKE formerly of 418 Station Paxton. The Late Firefighter Clarke is the father and grandfather of several (9) current and past serving firefighters in FRNSW. Funeral


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Engine Keeper Dennis JOLIFFE (401012), formerly of 401 Station Narromine and 467 Station Tumut, on Tuesday 3rd March 2020. 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Senior Firefighter (2700) Robert (Bob) CONNERTON  formerly of number 8 Station Liverpool, on Thursday 27 February 2020. Funeral

FRNSW Station Open Day will be held on Saturday 16 May 2020, with stations being open from 09:30 hours to 15:00 hours. FRNSW Zone ME1 (the old A District) is seeking support from retired members to assist by attending stations in ME1 which will be open to talk to members of the public about their career in the Brigades and, in particular, to remain at the station if the crew respond. ME1 Stations that will be opened are: No. 1 City of Sydney, No. 10 Redfern, No. 4 Darlinghurst, No. 11 Woollahra, No. 12 Balmain, No. 13 Alexandria, No. 18 Glebe, No. 22 Leichhardt, No. 38 Pyrmont, and No. 76 Bondi. Members who participate will be provided with a polo shirt and new style baseball cap. Interested members are requested to contact Zone Admin via email (preferred);  or by phone 9265 2700. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Supt. Peter Stathis on mobile 0419 993 065

Hi all, FRNSW 2020 Ball is fast approaching with tickets to this year’s event are selling fast! At the request of staff, ticket sales have been extended to Friday 8 March. To avoid disappointment please email and secure your tickets. Table bookings of 8 – 12 people are also available. Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Roberta “Bobbie” BROOKER, the wife of 511001 Captain Neil BROOKER AFSM (Deceased), formerly of Yass, on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Allan KELSO (5137), formerly of 19 Station Silverwater, on Tuesday 4th February 2020. A Funeral Service has already been held.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Athol SHELTON (471021), formerly of 282 Station Dungog and 471 Station Tea Gardens, on Saturday 15th February 2020.

E District Reunion (EDR5) will be held earlier this year on Wednesday 26th August 2020 at Club Redfern (Redfern RSL) from 12 noon onwards. This event is for E District members and also anyone else who would like to attend. You don’t have to be exclusively E District. As previous years it is a casual get together of old friends for a few beers and tall stories. Any further enquiries contact Paul (Demi) Roussis on 0434813131 or join our Facebook group “NSWFB E DISTRICT REUNION” for updates and photos.

Fire Rescue 360 App.
Fire Rescue NSW has released an app for mobile phones that gives current information on various subjects. Simply download the app and login as a guest to view the information. More information an be viewed here.

NSWFB GOLF CLUB: NSWFB Golf Club games 2020. Note all FRNSW staff, friends and family are invited to play any or all of the Golf Clubs games. Any questions please contact me (Glenn) on 0407 516252 or at 68 Stn Narrabeen on C Platoon, or Greg Flynn on 0404885675 (Retired FF), or Gav Nagle on 0407 233127 or 36 Stn Crows Nest on C Platoon. Golf 2020 Games

Photos of Parramatta Annual Luncheon
added to Photo Gallery.

Permanent Messages

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

Dates Items Last Updated

Commissioner Corner 25/03/2017
*** Funeral Notices 30/03/2020  ***
Commissioner’s Orders 11/03/2020
Photo Gallery 11/01/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
Retirement Functions 19/02//2020

Social Events 26/02/2020