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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!

Send Off for 6262 Inspector Grant (Westy) West: Wednesday, 5th February 2020.
North Cronulla SLSC. Details

Centenary of 68stn Narrabeen:
Retired members are invited to celebrate the Centenary of 68stn Narrabeen on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 1330pm. Please RSVP to the email addresses below or contact the zone office on the number provided. This will help with seating and catering numbers.  or  Office: 99013539 (please leave a message if not answered).

Centenary of Wentworthville Fire Station. Retired members are hereby invited to attend the upcoming centenary of Wentworthville Fire Station on Monday 24th February 2020 at 1000 hrs. Address: Cnr Garfield and Pritchard Streets, Wentworthville NSW 2145. Dress code: Business attire/smart casual for non-uniformed personnel and guests 
RSVP: email or by phone 9895 4600 by Friday 7 February 2020.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of former Firefighter Bruce CAMERON (520609), formerly of 217 Station Batemans Bay. Funeral

NSWFB Golf Club first game of 2020, at Cromer Golf Club. This game will be held on Tuesday 11th February, tee off will be 08:30, and “A” Platoon is on shift. All FRNSW staff, family and friends are invited to play any or all of the Golf Club games. All necessary contact details and directions are contained within the attachment, or accessed via the FR360 App. Hope to see you there. Greg Flynn. Flyer

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/01 

Photos of Parramatta Annual Luncheon
added to Photo Gallery.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer George SHEPHERD (1382), formerly of 23 Station Gladesville, on Monday 23rd December 2019. A Funeral Service was held on Monday 6th January 2020.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of former Senior Firefighter Stephen CORBIN,  formerly of 27 Station Parramatta, on Monday 30th December 2019. Stephen was a current serving Paramedic with NSW Ambulance. 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Deputy Chief Officer Ray ROBERTS (1585), on Friday 3rd January 2020. Ray resided on the Gold Coast and is the brother of Retired Superintendent Wayne ROBERTS.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Senior Firefighter Glen SMEDE (8415), formerly of 277 Station Dapto, on Monday 30th December 2019.

From Mick Ryan: Just a reminder that we do not meet for breakfast at Wamberal in January. Our next meeting will be the first Monday in February. Happy New Year to all. Cheers, Mick Ryan.

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 18/01/2020 ***
Commissioner’s Orders 15/01/2020
Photo Gallery 11/01/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
*** Retirement Functions 24/01//2020 ***
*** Social Events 24/01/2020 ***