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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!

(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 don’t 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 O’BRIEN (1354) formerly of Blacktown Fire Station, on 12 September 2018. Funeral

The NSW Fire Brigades Retirees Association Incorporated cordially invites you and your wife or partner to attend our 41st Annual Reunion Luncheon. Wednesday 10th October 2018 To be held at ‘CLUB YORK’ Function Centre
99 York Street, Sydney. (Near Market Street) Also attached is the 2018 News Letter. Details/Invite    News letter.


PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION BILL: Attention firefighters who have, or have had, any of the following cancers with years of service specified in the attachment. We are seeking your (de-identified) stories to include within the second reading of the Presumptive Legislation Bill. These stories will contextualise the political debate and hopefully, contribute to getting the Bill across the line. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 365014 Deputy Captain Graham PERTZEL of 365 station Lockhart. Deputy Captain Pertzel passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the evening of Friday 31st August 2018. Graham’s wife was also injured in the accident and is receiving hospital care for her injuries. Funeral

Latest In-Orders 18/18

Coolamon Fire Museum & Coolamon Lions Club Inc. Historical Fire Engine Muster. Sunday 30th September 2018 10am till 4pm Cowabbie St, Coolamon. Flyer

The Association has received information on the passing in Makay Qld. of retired firefighter Boleslav (Bill) PERSIK (1682) on 5th September, 2018 aged 86 years. Bill joined on 01/04/1955 and retired on 19/11/1987.   Funeral

Please be advised that retired Captain Albert (Bert) Smith, formally of 464 Station Toronto, is suffering a serious illness and is currently in Toronto Private Hospital in respite care. The hospital may be contacted on 02 4956 0102.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Deputy Captain Albert “Mate” McWHIRTER, foundation member of Port Macquarie Fire Station, on 5 September 2018. Albert is the father of Steve McWhirter, Station Commander of Armidale Fire Station.  Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Dale BAGNELL (520888), formerly of Macksville Fire Station, after a long battle with cancer. Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.

We have received information that Retired Station Officer Chris Lawley, N.W. Region & Chullora, is seriously ill with cancer. He was living at Girraween but has moved to Qld. to be close to one of his daughters. More details will be added as we receive them.

We have recieved infomation that Gary WATSON a firefighter who served at 21 Station in the mid to late 70's has passed away. More details will be given if recieved. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Howard William LAY (493003), formerly of Wellington Fire Station on 31 August 2018. Funeral

On behalf of the Commissioner, I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend Mittagong Fire Station Centenary at 10 Bowral Road, Mittagong on Friday 28th September 2018 at 1500 hours. Details

On 6th October 2018 a Memorial Service will be held for Todd Anthony Oyston who passed away 10 years ago on 05/10/2008. Flyer

Central Coast Retirees Christmas BBQ.
Tuesday 4th December 2018. At Bateau Bay Fire Station. Details

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.

Dates Items Last Updated

Commissioner Corner 18/03/17
Funeral Notices 17/09/18
In-Orders 12/09/18
Photo Gallery 17/09/18
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