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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.

Latest News!

Send Off for: 7653 Senior Firefighter Chris Hughes Thursday, 13th June 2024. Flyer 


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Kenneth Vivian FREEMAN (1283), formerly of Headquarters. Ken sadly passed away on 17th May 2024. Ken joined NSW Fire Brigades on 29th October 1948 and served at Headquarters and Lakemba Fire Stations until he retired. Ken received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 29th October 1953. Funeral

On behalf of Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner, I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the Reopening of 258 Sation Coledale, located at 759 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale NSW 2515, Thursday 27 June 2024 at 13:00. Regards Georgia Hughes. Flyer

Next Monday, 3rd June, 2024 is our next breakfast meeting. We meet at 9.30 am at Wamberal Surf Club, Dover Road, Wamberal. All firefighters and retired firefighters are welcome. Come along and renew old and new acquaintances, save a few front fences and set the World to rights. See you there, Mick

The Commissioner regrets to advise the sad passing of Retired Captain Michael EDWARDS AFSM (321008). Mick sadly passed away on Wednesday 22nd May 2024 peacefully with his family by his side. Mick joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 1st March 1977 and retired on 29th September 2023 serving for 46 years. Mick was appointed Deputy Captain of Hay Fire Station on 1st March 1977 and promoted to Captain of Hay Fire Station on 1st April 2007. On 1st June 2014, Mick was awarded an Australian Fire Service Medal for his outstanding service and contribution to serving the community of Hay. Funeral

Commissioner's Orders 2024/09 received.

Another Report from Fire News Editor Kernin Lambert of the Liverpool Arcade and Shopping Complex Fire Sunday 21st January 2001 also placed in Fire Rescue News Articles. 

Photos of Fire Rescue NSW Anzac Day Event at No.1 Station City of Sydney 2024 added to Photo Gallery.

Joint send off for:- 6887 Steve Leshon and 8581 Narell E Evans Tuesday 28th May 5pm
Details. Flyer 

Request from Ross Brogan:- I have had a request from a friend who is organising a plaque (to be set into the existing building) and writing a book in regard to the fires that occurred (1975) Down-under Backpackers, and (1989) Savoy hotel (Kings Cross), and the people who lost their lives in those fires - for any photos that may exist, that could be used for the book and to recognise those firies that attended those incidents. If anyone who has any such photos they can contact me -  - and I will pass them on to the author of the proposed book. With thanks Ross

The Commissioner regrets to advise the sad passing of Retired Station Officer Noel Frederick SWEATMAN (2111). Noel sadly passed away on Tuesday 30th April 2024 peacefully at Gosford District Hospital. Noel joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 20th April 1956 and retired on 31st December 1988 serving for 32 years. Noel served at Headquarters ‘D’, 22 Leichhardt, 23 Gladesville, 4 Darlinghurst and 18 Station Glebe. Memorial Card  Funeral

Message from the President of NSW Fire Brigades Bill Powell Re- Anzac Day at City of Sydney Fire Station. Message

Information for Members
. The NSWFB Retirees Associations Fire News Editor, currently serving FRNSW Inspector Kernin Lambert has been providing our website with his informative and graphic Fireground Incident Reports in Fire Rescue News Articles. At the commencement of some of these reports is a section entitled "Incident Video" click on this to view some very interesting video footage of the scene taken during the incident. Regards, Bill Powell AFSM, President NSW Retirees Association.

Joint send off for:- 6452 Brett 'Hooch' Lennon, 6487 Andy 'H' Haavisto, 6761 Paul 'Cullo' Cullen Friday 31st May 2024.
Details. Flyer 

Send Off for Inspector Mick Wren: Saturday, 1st June 2024.
Details. Flyer

From Paul Cullen: OK folks, this year's Comms 'B' long lunches are: Fri March 15th Glenmore Hotel The Rocks, Fri July 5th the Helm Bar Darling Harbour & Tues, November 26th the Zetland Hotel Green Square, do ya best & spread the word, cheers Cullo. 

If anybody knows the whereabouts of retired Supt. Mick JOHNSON (5517) (ex Zone Commander N4) could you please contact Ray Kelly on 0458 687 765 or alternatively ask Mick to ring.

The next 'E' District Reunion is scheduled for Friday, 27th September 2024 at The Redfern 106 George St Redfern for midday onwards. This event is open to all ex firefighters and firefighters and is not exclusive to E District members. Come along and enjoy an afternoon with old mates and taller stories. 7 months to reserve the day so let all your mates know it’s on again. Any enquiries please contact Paul (Demi) Roussis on 0434 813 131 or join our facebook group NSWFB E District Reunion for updated information. Kind regards Demi.

Permanent Messages

From National Emergency Worker Support Service | Black Dog Institute:
Good afternoon NSWFB Retirees Secretary, I am an Implementation Practice Manager at Black Dog Institute, working on the National Emergency Worker Support Service (NEWSS). NEWSS is a free, confidential mental health support for emergency service workers – both active and retired. Details

Workplace illness Claims including cancer - update from Darin Sullivan:
Retirees are still advised to contact FRNSW Health and Safety Branch, as well as an experienced Solicitor, to ensure they receive support and guidance for workplace illness claims, including cancer related illnesses. Masselos and Co are still the FBEU preferred/suggested solicitors as the most experienced in these matters. Contacting the FBEU directly may still be of some benefit if having trouble navigating these difficult issues. - Darin Sullivan, Former FBEU President. 

The NSWFB Retirees’ Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of current serving FRNSW Inspector, Kernin Lambert as Fire News Editor. This position on our website has been vacant for some time. Kernin has been a Member of the NSWFB / FRNSW for twenty-seven years and is currently a Deputy Commander at Metropolitan West 1, C Platoon, Western Sydney. Since joining the fire service Kernin has always had a strong desire to contribute to the improvement of operations by studying and learning from operational incidents of an unusual, complex or significant nature. His knowledge, coupled with an enormous insight into all aspects of Fire Service operations Statewide, enables him to produce comprehensive operational submissions. Kernin sent his first article to Fire News in 1997 and in 2000 the Commissioner generously allowed him to write an insert in Fire News known as Fire Operations Journal. Over the years this publication has come and gone a number of times due to changes in editorial direction. However, he never stopped believing in the importance of learning and sharing from operational incidents. 
Kernin’s aims have always been to improve fire fighter safety and the effectiveness of operations. This is particularly important as the materials involved in building construction are constantly changing. Some important examples include insulated sandwich paneling, combustible external cladding, tilt slab buildings and now we are seeing a wave of fires due to lithium-ion batteries, not to mention the always present dangers of bush fires. Congratulations Kernin on this very important appointment of Fire News Editor. We are looking forward very much to reading, viewing and enjoying your Fire News reports, the first of which is already on our website – Port Kembla Ethanol Storage Tank fire. Regards, 
Bill Powell AFSM President

Further EAP provider information for retired members
The Association has received from FRNSW Retirees' Peer Support Officer, retired Superintendent Chris Jurgeit, the following new document recently published by FRNSW about Transitioning into Retirement. It contains great information both for staff contemplating retirement/separation and for those who have already made the move. Chris states - Two important points will be added at the next review of the document, however they are pertinent now ie 
- Page 10 (Section 4) - Under EAP that the service is now also available to staff who have left FRNSW (up to 5 years post leaving) - so they can continue to get support for their transition out of FRNSW after they have officially left
- Page 16 - All staff have access to 6 free sessions with a financial counsellor per year (through EAP "Money Assist" program) - this could be useful for those planning to transition away from FRNSW. Various sections of this document are both applicable and helpful to current retired firefighters. For example, Section 4 - Well Being, Section 6 - Volunteering, Section 7 - Know Your Finances and Page 21 - Check List. For information or questions, please contact the FRNSW Retirees' Peer Support Duty Officer 0477 342 750
Bill Powell AFSM President NSWFB Retirees Association

Senior Fire Fighter George Lloyd, under the guidance of Superintendent Peter Stathis, (now retired), and Superintendent Greg Houston have assembled a  NSW Fire & Rescue Ceremonial Team. This team currently comprises twenty four Members who volunteer their time to represent FRNSW at funerals, as well as Anzac Day and Graduation ceremonies. Protocol procedures play out an important role in the Brigade’s future. Over the past two years the Ceremonial Team has attended a number of funerals for both retired and currently serving Members. Please find attached a short video of the Ceremonial Team at the funeral of Bruce Johnson. If any NSW retired fire fighters or their family would like to have the Ceremonial Team participate in a service, please contact the President, Bill Powell at 

Updated email address:
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

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

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

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

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 28/05/2024 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 23/05/2024 ***
Photo Gallery 09/05/2024 
 Regional Retiree Reunions 14/09/2023
*** Retirement Functions 28/05/2024 ***
*** Social Events 28/05/2024 ***