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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 Former Captain Angus Kenneth McINTOSH (421011), formerly of 421 Station Picton, on Sunday 09 May 2021. Angus is the father of Senior Firefighter Rob McIntosh, who is a serving firefighter at 093 Station Narellan. Angus resigned from NSW Fire Brigades on 31 August 2002. He passed aged 69.
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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.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2021/08 


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Laurence “Max” WALKER (2618), formerly of 07 Station Stanmore, on Sunday 25 April 2021. Max joined NSW Fire Brigades on 10 July 1959 and served up until his retirement on 16 November 1991. Funeral details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Brett ROBINSON (520051), formerly of 251 Station Cardiff, on Saturday 24 April 2021. Brett passed away at John Hunter Hospital, as a result of an aggressive brain tumour. He retired from FRNSW on 08 September 2010.
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Next Monday, 3rd May 2021 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 of the passing of Retired Station Officer Robert 'Bob' CAMERON (5368), formerly of 088 Station Campbelltown, on Tuesday 20th April 2021. Bob joined NSWFB on 30 February 1978 and retired on 01 May 2003. A private funeral will be held.

From Graham Manners Coordinator, Retirees Peer Support Program: ABC Television have been running an expose over the last four weeks concerning The Ghost Train fire at Luna Park on 9 June 1979, where there were several fatalities. If these programs have raised issues for you, either as a firefighter that attended that call or just in general, support is available from the Retirees Peer Support program. We are not counsellors but can be someone you can talk to and discuss any further help you may need.  Contact can be made through our website: or by calling our Duty Officer: 0477 342 750.

Send Off for 5955 S/O Phil Gardner. Thursday, 20th May 2021 at Blacktown Workers. RSVP by 3rd May 2021.
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Retained Firefighter David INGRAM (261003) formerly of (261) Coolah Fire station, on Sunday April 11, 2021. David joined NSW Fire Brigades on 15th February 1965 and served until his retirement on the 27th of November 1995. He was 84 years old. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Wayne Michael ANDERSON (5346), formerly of 304 Station Gosford, on Sunday 4 April 2021. Wayne commenced with the NSW Fire Brigades in 1978 and served until his retirement on 15 December 2017. Funeral details This Service will be live streamed and can be viewed via the following link; Watch Service

Change of details:
Memorial for the late Chief Superintendent Michael (Mick) Ryan AFSM. 17th April 2021, 12pm - 4pm Details The dress code has been confirmed as semi-formal, and no uniforms are to be worn. This is at the request of his family, who would like all in attendance to relax and enjoy each other’s company, whilst remembering Mick.

The Commissioner wishes to advise that Retired Firefighter Brett ROBINSON (520051), of 251 Station Cardiff, is currently in John Hunter Hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage and undergoing subsequent brain surgery. Brett’s condition is listed as critical, and his family have requested there be no visitors at this time. For information on Brett’s condition, or to forward messages of support, please contact Stuart Norris on 0417 296 864. 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Ronald JARRETT (455005), formerly of 455 Station Telarah, on Thursday 1 April 2021. Prior to retirement, Ron was Engine Keeper with 455 Station Telarah (now known as 455 Station Rutherford) and previously served as Captain at 374 Station Maitland. He rendered good and faithful service to the people of NSW for a period of 55 years and 4 months. Commencing with the NSW Fire Brigades on 15 April 1954, Ron served until his retirement on 15 August 2009.  Funeral details

We have received an urgent request for a fallen fire fighting brother John Pepper-Edwards Senior (Poppa John) from his Daughter-In-Law, Andrea Pepper-Edwards. John was a fulltime fire fighter in New Zealand for 32 years and lived his retired years here in NSW. John recently died and his funeral service is set for 9.25am on Thursday 8th April, 2021 at East Chapel, 199 Delhi Road, North Ryde. It is the family's wish to incorporate firefighting representation at his funeral service. The request has been sent on to the Commissioner NSW Fire and Rescue. Andrea's email is provided in full here.

The Commissioner wishes to advise that retired firefighter Laurence (Max) WALKER (2618) is suffering from a serious illness. Mr Walker is not able to receive visitors at this time.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Dennis PENDERGAST (5305), formerly of 033 Station Engadine, on Wednesday 17 March 2021. Dennis joined NSW Fire Brigades on April 22, 1977 and retired on July 8, 2004. Funeral 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

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