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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!

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Former Firefighter Peter LACEY (4109), formerly of 024 Station Manly. Peter joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1969 and served until his resignation in July 1973. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Stuart BEAR (5429), formerly of 260 Station Newcastle, on Sunday 18th July 2021. Stuart is the brother of current serving Station Officer Scott Bear. A private funeral service will be held for family members only on Friday, 23 July 2021.

Deputy Commissioner Jim Hamilton AFSM has announced his retirement after 41 years of dedicated service with Fire and Rescue NSW. Details of his retirement function are as follows, so you can SAVE THE DATE: Date: Thursday 4th November 2021. Time: 6:30pm. Venue: QVB Tea Room. Due to current COVID restrictions, further details will be distributed closer to the date.

Send Off for 5769 Superintendent Craig Wright Friday 3rd September 2021. Flyer

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2021/13 

Work at NSW Local Government Elections:
From the NSW Electoral Commission, in relation to the employment opportunities associated with the NSW Local Council Elections to be held on Saturday 4 September 2021. "Weíre looking to recruit people from all over NSW, to work in their local area and communities, and I wondered whether this may be of interest to members of the NSWFB Retirees Association. The NSW Electoral Commission is hiring approximately 20,000 people to make the election process run smoothly across NSW. Attached is the poster about employment at the election, that can be printed and displayed or distributed. Thereís a variety of positions available, including working on polling day, and other office roles of up to 8 weeks in duration. Applications are welcome from anyone who is interested, with no previous election work experience required. Training is provided. Itís a great way to connect with the local community, and earn some extra cash as well. More details on the election, and positions available, can be found on this web site.  People can apply to work at the election by completing their expression of interest online via our website: Anyone who is interested should apply as soon as possible."

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Allen 'Dick' ELLIOT (239001), formerly of 239 Station Broken Hill South, on Sunday 4th July 2021.  Funeral

Send Off for 5711 Station Officer Steve Sharp
. Friday 6 August 2021. Waterside Bar, The Ivory Tavern Tweed Heads, 156 Wharf St Tweed Heads, NSW. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Superintendent Robert 'Bob' WILLIAMS (1578), 
formerly of Fire Safety, on Sunday 04 July 2021. Bob joined NSW Fire Brigades on 20 January 1954 and served until his retirement on 09 April 1991. He passed aged 90. Funeral

Notice from FRNSW: Dear All, Warwick Kidd retired on Friday the 20th of November last year but due to the restrictions placed upon us by COVID we have been unable to have a send-off for him. However, please hold the following date! Friday 1st October 2021, Venue: Bankstown Sports Club, Time: 1800 hours. More information to follow. There will be many people who will be looking to celebrate with Warwick so please spread the word.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Allen 'Dick' ELLIOT, formerly of 239 Station South Broken Hill, on Sunday 04 July 2021. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

From Mick Ryan - Breakfast at Wamberal:
As you know, we are in lockdown, but just in case there was a chance, I contacted the cafe at the surf club at Wamberal, and they confirmed that they would not be operating next Monday, 5th July. So, I am hoping to see you all for our breakfast meeting on 2nd August. In the meantime, please stay safe.  Cheers, Mick

University Of Sydney Research - Retiree Association assistance:  Attention Retired Firefighters, You are invited to participate in a study on how best to support you and your former colleagues in managing alcohol and other drug use. Researchers need the perspectives of former members of Fire and Rescue NSW (worked for FRNSW in the last 12 months), and of your family and friends, even if you donít currently need help managing your alcohol and/or other drug use. Take the survey now to represent Fire and Rescue NSW in this research. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. If you have family or friends who might want to offer their perspective, please send them this link to the family and friends survey.

Who is conducting the research
? The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use is conducting this research project. The Matilda Centre is not affiliated with Fire and Rescue NSW in any way.

Why should I participate?
This project seeks to understand alcohol and other drug use amongst personnel in the NSW public service, and their views on the kinds of resources and support that may be helpful for them and their colleagues. Your perspectives and experiences will be used to help inform NSW public service agencies of how best to support their current and retired personnel to manage alcohol and other drug use.

Do I have to participate?
No - your participation is entirely voluntary, and your decision to participate will not affect your relationship with your employer or any organisations related to your employment in any way.

Will my answers be confidential? Any information you give as a participant in this research will be kept completely confidential and anonymous. If you have any concerns about participating, please contact Dr Ashleigh Morse ( for more information. 

Send Off for Chief Superintendent Brett Davies
on Saturday, 14th August 2021 at Gosford Golf Club - 1800hrs Details.

Retirement Function for 5270 Superintendent Norman Buckley
on Friday, 23rd July 2021. The event is a mixed cocktail event being held in the Red Room at Club York, 99 York Street, Sydney. Drinks will be served from 1800 and last drinks called at 2300. The boy from Bondi is putting a substantial bank roll on the bar tab so donít be late! Details


We are pleased to announce that the Fire and Rescue NSW Ball will be held on Friday, 6th August 2021. We have been able to transfer previous ticket holders over to the new date and can now open up ticket sales to other staff, family and friends that may want to book in. Please see attached flyer for all details, noting final payments are due 9th July 2021.

The next E District Reunion has been scheduled for Tuesday, 7th September 2021 from midday at Club Redfern, Cnr Redfern & Gibbons St (old Redfern RSL site). Please let any of your old mates know it's on. All welcome, It's not a strictly E district event, just an opportunity to get together in a casual atmosphere. We would like to see all of you there retired and serving . For more details please contact Paul (Demi) Roussis on 0434813131. We also have a Facebook group 'NSWFB E DISTRICT REUNION' if you would like to join for information. Thank you Paul Roussis.

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 Retireeís 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 retireeís 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 24/07/2021 ***
Commissioner's Orders 14/07/2021
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 12/09/2021
*** Retirement Functions 21/07//2021 ***
*** Social Events 21/07/2021 ***