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.
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Retained Firefighter
David INGRAM (261003) formerly of (261) Coolah Fire station, on Sunday April 11, 2021.
David joined NSW Fire Brigades on 15th February 1965 and served until his retirement on the 27th of November 1995. He was 84 years old.
Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.
Updated: The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter
Wayne Michael ANDERSON (5346), formerly of 304 Station Gosford, on Sunday 4 April 2021.
Wayne commenced with the NSW Fire Brigades in 1978 and served until his retirement on 15 December 2017.
This Service will be live streamed and can be viewed via the following link;
Change of details:
Memorial for the late Chief Superintendent Michael (Mick) Ryan
AFSM. 17th April 2021, 12pm - 4pm
The dress code has been confirmed as semi-formal, and no uniforms
are to be worn. This is at the request of his family, who would
like all in attendance to relax and enjoy each other’s company,
whilst remembering Mick.
The Commissioner wishes to advise that Retired Firefighter Brett ROBINSON
(520051), of 251 Station Cardiff, is currently in John Hunter Hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage and undergoing subsequent brain surgery.
Brett’s condition is listed as critical, and his family have requested there be no visitors at this time.
For information on Brett’s condition, or to forward messages of support, please contact Stuart Norris on 0417 296 864.
Latest Commissioner's Orders
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter
Ronald JARRETT (455005), formerly of 455 Station Telarah, on Thursday 1 April 2021.
Prior to retirement, Ron was Engine Keeper with 455 Station Telarah (now known as 455 Station Rutherford) and previously served as Captain at 374 Station Maitland.
He rendered good and faithful service to the people of NSW for a period of 55 years and 4 months. Commencing with the NSW Fire Brigades on 15 April 1954, Ron served until his retirement on 15 August 2009.
We have received an urgent request for a fallen fire fighting
brother John Pepper-Edwards Senior (Poppa John) from his
Daughter-In-Law, Andrea Pepper-Edwards. John was a fulltime fire
fighter in New Zealand for 32 years and lived his retired years here
in NSW. John recently died and his funeral service is set for 9.25am on Thursday 8th April, 2021 at East Chapel, 199 Delhi Road, North Ryde.
It is the family's wish to incorporate firefighting representation at his funeral service.
The request has been sent on to the Commissioner NSW Fire and
Rescue. Andrea's email is provided in full here.
The Commissioner wishes to advise that retired firefighter Laurence (Max) WALKER (2618) is suffering from a serious illness.
Mr Walker is not able to receive visitors at this time.
The next E District Reunion has been scheduled for Tuesday 7th September 2021 from midday at Club Redfern, Cnr Redfern & Gibbons St (old Redfern RSL site). Please let any of your old mates know it’s on. All welcome, It’s not a strictly E district event, just an opportunity to get together in a casual atmosphere. We would like to see as many of you there. For more details please contact Paul (Demi) Roussis on 0434813131. We also have a Facebook group “NSWFB E DISTRICT REUNION” if you would like to join for information.
Thank you Paul Roussis.
Send Off for Captain Peter “Pedro” Hancock & Deputy Captain Ian “Butch” Butler
Barraba Fire & Rescue
Saturday, 17th April 2021. Please RSVP by the 14th April.
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer
Dennis PENDERGAST (5305), formerly of 033 Station Engadine, on Wednesday 17 March 2021.
Dennis joined NSW Fire Brigades on April 22, 1977 and retired on July 8, 2004.
Online Condolence Book:
With the recent sad passing of firefighters within our FRNSW family,
it is fitting to honour them and reflect on their service by
creating a personalised online condolence book.
Need someone to talk to? The Retiree’s Peer Support Team is a group of retired firefighters, who are there to support other firefighters when personal difficulties arise in their life.
Right now, many people are experiencing further challenges caused by draught, bushfire crisis and now a worldwide pandemic.
The members of retiree’s peer support are not counselors, but someone to talk to and if appropriate, guide you to professional help.
All conversations are treated with confidentiality. Contact Information:
Duty Officer: 0477 342 750
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Presumptive Legislation for Firefighter Cancers:-
from Chief Super Mick Ryan
PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION BILL:
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.
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.
Information Sheet - PFAS Questions & Answers
Information Sheet Firefighting Foam and PFAS
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. email@example.com
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
Notices 13/04/2021 ***
Orders 07/04/2021 ***
Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019