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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!

Latest Funeral Details for Mark WHITE:
Due to social distancing restrictions, Mark's service will Live Stream from 1pm on Monday 1st June. Details

Latest Funeral update:
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving member Station Officer Brian AUBUSSON (5655), formerly Training Officer Regional, on Thursday 14th May 2020.

Update on Bruce Johnson:  Bruce is now home recovering after having a stroke. Doctors removed two blood clots from his brain. I rang him this morning and he tells me he is feeling that he is recovering well. Mick Ryan.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Ross HATSWELL, formerly of 226 Station Blackheath, on Tuesday 19th May 2020. Ross was a member of the Blackheath Brigade for 33 years. Joining in 1956, and Captain for 24 years, he retired on the 31st December 1989. Ross's son, Peter, is the serving Captain at 226 Station Blackheath. Funeral details will be distributed once advised.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/09 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Deputy Captain Kenneth PERRETT (392007), formerly of 392 Station Muswellbrook, on Monday 18th May 2020. Ken was a past President of the Firefighter Championships Association.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the sudden passing of current serving member Senior Firefighter Mark WHITE AFSM, OAM (5960) whilst on duty at 077 Station St Marys on Tuesday 19 May 2020. SF White was also the Executive Chairperson of the Museum of Fire located at Penrith. Funeral Details to be advised. 


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Raymond THOMPSON (3872), formerly of 088 Station Campbelltown, on Monday 06th January 2020. Ray joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1967, and retired in 2001.  A Funeral Service has already been held.

NSWFB Golf Club - 15 June intercity challenge:
Hi all hope all's well and not to bored. We have the good news and the bad news. Our next game on the 27th May at Roseville has been called cancelled due to the virus. However the firefighters at Newcastle are trying to get the inter-city challenge up and running. (Sydney, Newcastle & Central Coast) With the following game on the 13th July at Cronulla, a decision will be made closer to the date. Stay safe and hope to see you soon. Regards, Flynny. Details here.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Don McALPINE, formerly of 341 Station Kariong, on Tuesday 28th April 2020. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday 12th May 2020. Please find a link below to the online webcasting service that will stream his funeral. Please note attendees require a pin to join, the pin being 5565. 
Funeral 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

Postponed - GUNS HEARTS N HOSES CHARITY SURF CONTEST: Dear Guns, Hearts n Hoses Supporters (From Fire, Police and Ambo services), Over the last month we have been monitoring the COVID-19 developments. Myself and Jamie Sewell have decided how we best move forward. Whilst there's great value in promoting surfing as a healing sport that alleviates stess in frontline responders, there is more value in protecting our families, friends, workmates, and indeed all Australians at this crucial time in our nations, and indeed the world's history. As I write, new measures to minimise human contact and increase the public's awareness around the need to isolate develop. We have decided to postpone Guns Hearts n Hoses Charity Surfest 2020 to promote measures which cease the spread of COVID-19. We will keep an open mind on holding the event at a later date this year in the vicinity of early September to mid October (skipping School Holidays) should biological enviromental conditions allow. This also serves to maintain strategic capability across the state for our respective services and and gives our Health System a greater chance to manage the high demand we expect will be placed on it over the next 6 months. We will keep you informed as the year develops. In the meantime practise extending your meditation time a couple of minutes each day to relax. Then add Creative Visualisation seeing yourself wherever you want to be, doing whatever you want to do. Follow Guns Heart n Hoses on Facebook (Guns and Hoses @gunsandhosesnsw) as we'll be ramping up some great isolation ideas for keeping fit, healthy cooking and next week our Album of the Week will make a return. Good health to yourselves, family and friends. Keep your chin up. It is what it is. Be a real mate, ISOLATE. #bearealmateisolate Kindly, Mouse McGuire For Guns Hearts n Hoses

Museum Closed to the public until further notice: The Museum of Fire is closed to the public until further notice due to current public health orders issued. Onsite security and limited operations will be maintained. During this period, we will deal with inquiries on a priority basis. Access to Museum grounds will be by appointment. Shop online orders will be processed regularly but not daily. We will continue to support Fire and Rescue NSW through our supply and service agreements. All requests for Museum services or access, please email and if important contact 0418 402 478. We ask you to consider information on these sites to assist you. also  and Warmest Regards, Mark. Mark White AFSM OAM  Executive Chairman Museum of Fire 1 Museum Dr, Penrith NSW, 2750|PO Box 400, Penrith NSW, 2750. P:(02) 4731 3000|M:0418 402 478|F:(02) 4731 2983 NSWFB Firenet Ext: 5930 E:  |W:  HERITAGE PARTNERS TO FIRE & RESCUE NSW  DROPBOX to upload large files to me.  ABN 82 857 840 289, Reg Charity DGR # 57122, Authority to Fundraise CFN10426

E District Reunion (EDR5) will be held earlier this year on Wednesday 26th August 2020 at Club Redfern (Redfern RSL) from 12 noon onwards. This event is for E District members and also anyone else who would like to attend. You don’t have to be exclusively E District. As previous years it is a casual get together of old friends for a few beers and tall stories. Any further enquiries contact Paul (Demi) Roussis on 0434813131 or join our Facebook group “NSWFB E DISTRICT REUNION” for updates and photos.

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 30/05/2020 ***
Commissioner’s Orders 23/05/2020
Photo Gallery 11/01/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
Retirement Functions 19/02//2020

Social Events 16/05/2020