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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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NSWFB Golf Club first game for 2021, Eastlakes game flyer January 22, 2021

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of former Firefighter Charlie JOHNS (3626), formerly of 021 Station Kogarah, on Sunday 10 January 2021. Charlie joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1966 and is the brother of Retired Senior Firefighter Richard “Dicky” Johns.  He passed aged 75. Due to covid-19 restrictions Charlie will be farewelled in an invitation-only service for family and close friends. Prior to his passing Charlie requested donations be made to Can Assist in lieu of flowers.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Musician Thomas "Tommy" MOORE, formerly of the FRNSW Band, on Monday 11 January 2021. Tommy, or as he was affectionately known "The World Famous Tommy Moore", was the lead drummer, joining the NSW Fire Brigades Band in 1987. He passed aged 77. This Service will be live streamed and can be viewed via the following link, using PIN 3257; Watch Service

Received From Bill Powell:
The St George & Sutherland Leader, January 13th, carried a death notice for a Member of NSWRF.Charlie JOHNS, aged 75yrs. passed away peacefully on Sunday 10th January, after a 6yr battle with prostate cancer. Charlie serviced on B Platoon No 21 Kogarah resigning as a Senior Fireman in the mid 70s. He lived at Bowral.
His younger brother Richard (Dicky) was in the NSWFB, and may still be.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Phillip “Surfie” LEWIS (233014), 
formerly of 233 Station Bourke, on Thursday 31st December 2020. Funeral details.

Notice to members re-Rembrandt Apartments fire Bayswater Rd. Kings Cross 1981: Dear Retirees, I am 5749 David Redmond. I would like to hear from any who attended the Rembrandt Apartments Fire in 1981 at Baywater Road, Kings Cross. I recently, by chance met with a Resident survivor of that fire. We had a tremendous afternoon together. It was the first time he had had a chance to meet with any Firefighter who served on that night. I believe there were sadly 10 fatalities. John whom I spoke with was one of the last rescued to get out alive. I am hoping to meet with him again and possibly other survivors with any Firefighters that may be interested. I can be contacted on 0402146012 or e-mail This year marks 40 years since that tragic event. 

From Mick Ryan: Hi Everyone, I just wanted to clarify with you that we will not be meeting in January, but will meet again on Monday, 1st February, 2021. Marg and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and please keep safe over the holiday season. Cheers Mick

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Superintendent Paul MASON (3445), formerly of Zone South 4 Wagga Wagga, on Tuesday 15 December 2020. Paul joined NSW Fire Brigades on June 4, 1965 and retired on August 17, 1998. He passed aged 79. Funeral details.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Mr Cecil 'Jimmy' CHILDS, formerly of NSWFB Workshops, on Tuesday 22 September 2020. Jimmy joined NSW Fire Brigades on April 10, 1944 and retired on March 4, 1981. He passed aged 99. A Funeral has already been held.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2020/25 


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Chief Officer Stanley Raymond HEARN AFSM (2131), on Monday 7 December 2020. Stan joined NSW Fire Brigades on May 18 1956 and rose through the ranks to become the nineteenth Chief Officer, leading the organisation from July 4 1991 until his retirement on June 10 1994. Funeral Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and location, the Service will be live streamed via;

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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Regional Retiree Reunions 14/10/2019
Retirement Functions 19/02//2020

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