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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 Retired Station Officer Ron HEMMY (2745), on Thursday19th May 2022. Ron joined NSW Fire Brigades in August 1960 and served at Stanmore, Fairfield, Cabramatta, Toongabbie, Guildford, Headquarters and the Training College. Ron retired in November 1997. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.


We have received information from Ted Thompson advising of the passing of retired S/F William (Billy) MERCHANT (2897) on 21st May, 2022. Bill joined the NSWFB on 04/08/1991 and retired on 10/07/1992. Bill opted for no funeral and will be farewelled by his family.

Information received from Jessica Glasheen: It is with great sadness I inform you of the passing of my grandfather Retired Captain Douglas McINERNEY, (513001), formerly of (513) Station Young and long serving member of 49 years. Doug passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday May 15th 2022. His funeral will be held Tuesday May 24th at 1pm. I have added a link to the funeral directors webpage for his funeral announcement with further details and the live stream link for those wishing to attend but unable to make it due to time, distance or other reasons. Thankyou for your time. Regards, Jessica Glasheen .

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Robert HIBBERD (4023), formerly of (67) Station Northmead now known as Baulkham Hills, on Friday 13th of May 2022. Robert joined NSW Fire Brigades in July 1968 and served until his retirement in December 1998. Robert served at numerous locations including City of Sydney, Concord, The Rocks, Revesby, Albury, and Appliance Training. A life celebration memorial will be held Sunday 29th May at the Riverstone Schofields Memorial Club, 23 Market St, Riverstone at 12:00pm. Robert’s family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Brain Foundation by utilising the following link:

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Station Officer Neil LAWLER (7055), formerly of Regional & Retained Training, on Monday 16th May 2022. Neil joined NSW Fire Brigades in August 1990 and served at Blacktown, Penrith, Cessnock, City of Sydney and Education & Training. He was aged 63. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired S/O Noel Alexander JONES (5084) formally of 374 Station Maitland on Wednesday 4th May 2022. He retired due to injuries approx 2002.   Funeral

Send Off for:  7111 Station Officer Jonathon Black Thursday, 9th June 2022
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Send Off for:  Superintendent Peter X. Stathis AFSM Friday, 15th July 2022 
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Superintendent Lance GUDGEON (2787), on Monday 9th May 2022. Lance joined the NSWFB on 09/12/1960 and retired on 22/03/1992. Lance turned 90 years of age on 22/03/2022.  Funeral

Retired Supt. 3278 Peter Casey is in Norwest Private Hospital in a very serious condition. He is suffering from a bacterial infection post - op a fortnight ago. He was re-admitted a few days ago & is in Intensive Care. No visitors allowed at this stage except family for 2 one hour periods only. Anne Casey & family have given permission to let everyone know.

Send Off for:  5629 Station Officer Chris Sykes AFSM
Friday, 19th August 2022 Details

The Association has learnt of the recent passing of retired S/O Ray HAMMONDS (2750) formerly of 26 Station Mascot.. Ray joined the NSWFB on 05/08/1960 and retired on 27/09/1990. His funeral was 22/4/2022.

NSWFB Golf club next game Long Reef:
Hello all, it's good to be back on the course and lets hope the weather stays fine. Our next game is at the picturesque Long Reef golf course on Friday, 13th May 2022. it is a shotgun start. More information on the  Flyer. Hope to see you there. Flynny 

Send Off for:  6498 S/F Mick Dent Tuesday, 10th May 2022
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Station Officer Kevin MULLEY (4566) formerly of (424) Station Port Macquarie, on Saturday 8th April 2022. Kevin joined the NSWFB on 25/06/1971 and retired on 16/03/2005. Funeral

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2022/08

Hi Everyone, Next Monday, 2nd May 2022, is our next get-together for our 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

Send Off for:  6333 Inspector Rob Jansen Friday, 5th August 2022
  Details RSVP by 30th June 2022 Flyer

Send Off for:  5433 Inspector Brad Harrison
Saturday, 2nd July 2022  Details   RSVP by Sunday 22nd May 2022

Send Off for:  6203 Chief Supt Paul Bailey Friday, 27th May 2022 
Details  RSVP by Wednesday 4th May 2022  Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Frank MURPHY (3381), formerly of (277) Station Dapto, on Monday 4th April 2022. Frank joined NSW Fire Brigades in January 1965 and served until his retirement in May 1973. The funeral is to be held today, Tuesday 12th April 2022, 12:00pm at Stan Crapp Funerals, 
125 Manning Street Kiama.

We have received information that retired Supt. Lance GUDGEON (2787) is seriously ill in Gosford Hospital and is currently not allowed visitors. Lance joined the NSWFB in 1960 and retired on 22/03/1992. He turned 90 on 22/03/2022. Further information can be obtained by contacting Ted Thompson on 0431 238 062.

Send Off for:  5711 Steve Sharp, 6990 Cole Smith and 7744 Steve Cavanagh. Thursday, 30th June 2022
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter James Charles WESTON (084011), formerly of 084 Station Macquarie Fields. James joined NSW Fire Brigades in March 1983 and served until June 1990. Funeral. From Anne Speechley James's daughter: Not only was my dad a Fire fighter from 83 to 90 in station 84 he also worked in the fire brigade stores for over 30 years I am lead to believe. I have set up a go fund me page to aid in the expenses of James funeral as he did not have any super left nor have a funeral fund in place. The link to the go fund me page is Thank you Anne Speechley.

E District Reunion: The E District Reunion has been scheduled for FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2022 at CLUB REDFERN (REDFERN RSL) from midday onwards. Please pass on the event details to your old mates to enjoy a casual get together. Everyone welcome from past and present no matter which district or zone you served in. Should anyone like to follow and find more information and photos of the Event please search our Facebook page for NSWFB “E” District Reunion and request to join group. Please contact Paul (Demi) Roussis for more information on 0434813131

Reinvestigation into the Luna Park Fire:
We have received advice from FRNSW Fire Investigation and Research Unit that the NSW Police and the State Coroner have commenced a reinvestigation into the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park on Friday 09/06/1979. B Platoon was on duty. If you were on duty on the night and have not spoken with the Police, please contact Ray Kelly on 0458 687 765 for contact details.

The FRNSW Annual Ball has been confirmed for Friday, 3rd June 2022. Due date for payment is March 31st. 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 24/05/2022 ***
Commissioner's Orders 27/04/2022
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 12/09/2021
Retirement Functions 14/05//2022
Social Events 14/05/2022