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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 Station Officer Robert JOHNSON (6075), formerly of Forestville Fire Station and OTEN assessor, on Wednesday 10 October 2018. Funeral

Latest In-Orders 18/20

The NSW Fire Brigade Museum has requested help in identifying the Station Officer and District Officer in the attached photo. The photo was taken at the 'Delos' Ship Fire on 8/9/1970. They would also like any information on the ship fire itself. Photo


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer George SMITH (3924), formerly of Bulli Fire Station, on Sunday 7 October 2018. Funeral

Please be advised that 521181 Firefighter Dallas Thurlow (Lithgow Fire Station) has been admitted to hospital with a serious illness. He is currently undergoing tests. Enquiries can be directed to Captain Melanie Palmer on 0448 531 231.

From Jim Neal:
Update on Retired Station Officer Reg Brown, he has been transferred from Gosford hospital to Brisbane Water private hospital 21 Violets ave Woy Woy, he is improving each day, Iím sure reg would welcome visitors . Further updates will come through his ex son in law Jim Neal 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer Bruce GIBSON, previously attached to Katoomba Communications Centre. Bruce passed away recently while on holidays in Germany. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Inspector John MAGUIRE (2887), formerly Inspector for City of Sydney. John is the father of current Firefighters Mark and Todd Maguire. Funeral

From Mick Ryan: Hi Everyone, Just a reminder that we will not be meeting for breakfast this coming Monday, as the Wamberal Club cafe will not be opening because of the long weekend. This was decided upon when we met last time. The date for our next BBQ has been decided upon. It will be held on Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 at Stn. 351 Bateau Bay, which is in Community Drive, Bateau Bay. Cross street is Village Road. Iíll be sending out a brochure with full details in a few weeks time. In the meantime, please mark the date in your diary. Cheers Mick.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 449034 Senior Firefighter Brad CLARKSON, attached to Coffs Harbour Fire Station A Platoon, on Tuesday 18th September. Funeral

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

" G " District - North West Region or West Region 18 th Annual Roll Call. Retired members B-B-Q at Parramatta Fire Station Every one welcome . Saturday 10th November 2018 11am " C " on Duty. Grandchildren Welcome. RSVP required : numbers attending : 27 stn. 98954620 / email . or 9628567. Support us So we can support you. All retired functions rely on your attendance.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the death of Retired Captain WH (Harold) GOWEN, of 236 Station Braidwood. Harold passed away on the 8th September, and his funeral was held in his home town of Braidwood.


(Reminder) The 3rd Annual E District reunion is being held on Wednesday 24th October 2018 at Club Redfern (Redfern RSL) from 12noon onwards. All welcome (you donít have to be ex E District). Ask to join the Facebook group NSWFB E District Reunion for more details or contact Paul (Demi) Roussis on 0434813131.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer Ian EBZERY (5045) formerly of Headquarters and Campbelltown Fire Stations, on 15 September 2018.

Photos of Kogarah Retirees Luncheon
held on 30th August 2018 added to
Photo Gallery

We have received information for Shanya WARNER's funeral. Shanya is the daughter of retired Firefighter Jason Warner and granddaughter of retired Station Officer Tim Warner. Shanya was killed in a car accident on Thursday 6th September 2018. Funeral


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer Peter OíBRIEN (1354) formerly of Blacktown Fire Station, on 12 September 2018. Funeral

Permanent Messages

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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Commissioner Corner 18/03/17
*** Funeral Notices 15/10/18 ***
*** In-Orders 11/10/18 ***
Photo Gallery 17/09/18
Retirement Functions 06/10/18
Social Events 06/10/18