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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.
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retained Firefighter Edward (Ted) Marlic ERLAND (428025), formally of 428 Station Queanbeyan on Sunday 11th October 2020. Funeral To submit a message of condolence, visit Online Condolence Form.

We have received advice that retired Q/F Robert BEATTIE (3934) passed away suddenly last week ?? October 2020. No other details are available but will be posted when known.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Geoff WILSON (4446), formerly of 101 Station Bonnyrigg Heights, on Monday 5th October 2020. A Funeral Service will be held today (9th Oct) at 1200hrs. The Service will be streamed and is watch only. Please use the following link to view the Service To submit a message of condolence, visit online condolence form.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Eric PITT (3204), formerly of 57 Station Wentworthville and 19 Station Silverwater, on Tuesday 6th October 2020. Funeral. To submit a message of condolence, visit online condolence form.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/20 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter William ‘John’ SUCKERSMITH (4253) formerly of 31 Station Busby, on Thursday 1st October 2020. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised. To submit a message of condolence, visit online condolence form.

The Commissioner wishes to advise that retired Station Officer Len Dixon (4890), has been unwell and is now resting at home. Len cannot have visitors but would however welcome phone calls on 0427 456 998.


A Date For Your Diary:
After conferring with Club York, re the Covid situation, the Committee has made the decision to hold the NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon on 18th November 2020. Covid restrictions prohibit buffets, standing and mingling, so this will be a plated lunch in the Red Room. Invites with full details will be posted in the near future.

NSWFB Golf Club's November golf trip to Coffs Harbour is replacing the 43rd Annual Australasian Fire Brigades Golf Championships that was to played in Victoria but had to be cancelled due to Covid. Come along and have some fun. Arrive Sunday 8th November. Depart Friday 13th November. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter (5102) Kim GREENWOOD formerly of 260 Station Newcastle, on Tuesday, 15th September 2020. Kim joined the brigade on 18/10/74 and retired on the 23/5/2003. Funeral Details.. Any further information required please contact 5115 Mick Gilchrist ..retired, on 0407 073 157 Acting on behalf of the family.
To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Colin SEIVWRIGHT (4892), formerly of 23 Station Gladesville, on Friday 4 September 2020. He was 80 years of age. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private Funeral Service will be held. To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book.

Permanent Messages

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. Details

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: Email: Website:  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

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

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Commissioner Corner 25/03/2017
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Commissioner's Orders 07/10/2020
Photo Gallery 11/01/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
Retirement Functions 19/02//2020

Social Events 29/09/2020