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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 complete the Membership Form on line.
News Flashes!

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2022/01 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Engine Keeper Ken GRAHAM (506002), formerly of the 506 Station Wee Waa, on Tuesday 18th January 2022. Ken joined the NSW Fire Brigades in January 1967 and served until his retirement in January 1997. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

President's Message 2022 Post 2021:
Association Committee Members and Retirees, the Association is pleased to be able to provide a Reunion Luncheon for your attendance this year in place of November 2021. 
Even though the pandemic situation is still with us, we have found that with your help and assistance in confirming the restriction we are required to follow, we as responsible members of the community, we can follow the necessary restriction to achieve our goals. 
It must also be understood that in our careers as professional firefighters and emergency responders we always understood our responsibilities to maintain a proper perspective of conforming with necessary directives to complete the tasks before us. 
With the understanding of our present situation, it is hoped that as many of us look at attending as suitable minded people of conviction. 
As indicated in our departed members list, we have lost too many of our friends. On behalf of the Committee, I offer our sympathy and kind thoughts to their families and relations. 
If you are aware of any retired member who is not aware of our Association, please contact them and mention to your Coordinator in your area. In this way the advantages of being able to reconnect with their workmates and friends from previous times is possible. 
As President I wish on behalf of the Committee all the best to our members and families for a better and healthy New Year ahead in 2022. Bruce Johnson.

Send Off for: Superintendent Greg Windeatt has been postponed until 25th March 2022 due to the current COVID 19 situation. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Brian WICKENS (3822), formerly of the Fire Prevention Department, on Tuesday 10th January 2022. Brian joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1967 and served until his retirement on 14 November 2002.  Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Paul FRAZER (343027), formerly of 343 Station Katoomba, on Saturday 8th January 2022. Paul joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 15 November 1976 and served until his retirement on 28 January 2018. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain David 'Max' NIXON AFSM (205002), formerly of 205 Station Armidale, on Wednesday 22nd December 2021. Max passed unexpectedly at home, late of Toormina, aged 86. A Funeral Service has already been held.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter William BENNETT (2505), formerly of 086 Station Penrith, on Tuesday January 4, 2022. William joined NSW Fire Brigades in July 1958 and served until his retirement in April 1992. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Deputy Captain John KENNEDY Snr (266007), formerly of 266 Station Cootamundra, on 28th of December 2021. John joined NSW Fire Brigades in November 1973 and served until his retirement in 1988. He was aged 82. Funeral

A date for your diary:
A firm booking for lunch has been made at Club York for our Annual Luncheon on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. You can download the invite here.

Send Off for: 5270 Superintendent Norman Buckley
on Friday, 4th February 2022 Details

Send Off for: Superintendent Craig Wright
on Friday 18th February 2022 Details

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

Dates Items Last Updated
Commissioner Corner 25/03/2017
*** Funeral Notices 19/01/2022 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 20/01/2022 ***
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 12/09/2021
Retirement Functions 15/01//2022
Social Events 15/01/2022