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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.
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Ronald DRUMMOND (2146), formerly of 260 Station Newcastle, on Sunday 10th October 2021. Ronald joined NSW Fire Brigades in June 1956 and retired in January 1987. Funeral

We received this notification from Nancy Brigden regarding the passing of Ronald E. BRIGDEN (3375): Ron passed away on the 5th August, 2018, notice was in the SMH on the 11th, if you want to update these details please do, sorry I have taken so long to do so, Regards, Nancy Brigden. 

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2021/19 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Community Diversity Officer David WEIR (30100), formerly of Community Engagement Unit, on Wednesday 22nd September 2021. Dave joined the MFB on 07 February 1986 before commencing with FRNSW on 11 April 2005. He is the father of Qualified Firefighter Jacqueline Weir and father in-law to Qualified Firefighter Geoffrey Kanagaratnam  and Qualified Firefighter Karouna Micheal. Dave passed aged 58. Funeral Members who are unable to attend are welcome to join the service via; To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book Dave’s family have requested a donation be made, in lieu of flowers, to Please select “Heart Lung Innovation Fund” as your chosen recipient. 

Reminder: Send Off for Deputy Commissioner Jim Hamilton AFSM.
Jim has announced his retirement after 41 years of dedicated service with Fire and Rescue NSW. Date: Thursday 4th November 2021. Details

** Rescheduled ** Send Off for 5711 Station Officer Steve Sharp
rescheduled to Friday, 26th November 2021. There is no variation to the 6:00pm commencement time or the venue.. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Mark HARPER (7632), formerly of 462 Station Mayfield West, on Thursday 18th September 2021. Mark joined NSW Fire Brigades on 1st February 1985 and served until his retirement on 3rd July 2017. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised. To submit a message of condolence, visit online condolence book

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Captain William BULLER, formerly of 202 Station Abermain, on Wednesday 15th September 2021. William’s funeral service will be live streamed this Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 at 1330hrs on the following link: To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book

** Postponed **
Due to current Covid restrictions the  E District Reunion scheduled for Tuesday, 7th September 2021 has been postponed till further notice.

** Postponed **
Due to the current Covid restrictions the Send Off for 5769 Superintendent Craig Wright scheduled for Friday 3rd September 2021 will be rescheduled to later in the year.

Request for assistance with research into retired firefighters from Nicholas Gahan Doctor of Social Work student at Charles Sturt University. Details. 

** Postponed ** Due to the current Covid restrictions the send off for Chief Superintendent Brett Davies scheduled for Saturday, 14th August 2021 will be rescheduled to later in the year.

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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Commissioner's Orders 06/10/2021
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 12/09/2021
Retirement Functions 01/10//2021
Social Events 01/10/2021