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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!

Report from Fire News Editor Kernin Lambert of the Major Fire Milperra 6th Alarm Timber Joinery Fire Tuesday 21st December 2023 also placed in Fire Rescue News Articles. 

Commissioner's Orders 2024/07 received.

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

Report on Morning Tea for retired firefighters at 260 Newcastle Station in February:
The mornings activities included the displays and demonstrations of the latest Fire Fighting equipment. The Retiree's Association is very appreciative of the organizing and presentation of this event. With grateful thanks to Acting Assistant Commissioner Farley, Charlotte Cowie Command Business Support Officer Metropolitan North, FRNSW, and the staff of No. 260 Stn. Newcastle. Thank you, Terry and Charlotte, for the following account and photographs of what was a marvellous day. Report

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

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

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Deputy Captain Maxwell MORRIS (508004), formerly of 508 West Tamworth Fire Station. Max sadly passed away on Saturday 30th March 2024. Max joined on 15th September 1969 and retired on 31st August 2000 serving for 31 years. Max received the National Medal, National Medal – 1st Clasp and a Group Commendation for Meritorious Actions. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Desmond IGGLEDEN (4412), formerly of Wollongong Communications, on 27th March 2024. Desmond joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 20th November 1970 
and served for over 32 years until his retirement on 8th March 2003. Desmond served at Kogarah, Marrickville, Pyrmont and Wollongong Fire Stations and Wollongong Communications.  Funeral The service will be live-streamed via the Hanson and Cole website: 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired on call firefighter Robert (Bob) MANNING (253008), 
formerly of 253 Casino Fire Station. Bob sadly passed away on 20th March 2024 after a short illness. Bob joined on 1/10/1975 serving for 30 years until his retirement on 1/12/2005. Bob was awarded the 2nd Clasp LSGC medal in 2006. He was also a keen member of the 253 Stn Firefighter Championship team for many years. Funeral

Invitation from Bernie Walsh - 58 Station: I'm writing to invite all retirees to a social event, St Florian's Day, Long Luncheon Saturday, 4th May 2024. It's an event organised by Firies for Past, Present and Emerging Firies. We'd love to see as many retired legends as possible in attendance for a catch up .  I'm wondering if you could post the attached Flyer on your website. Any questions, drop me a line or call me at 58 D Platoon. Cheers, Bernie Walsh 58 Station. 

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

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 05/04/2024 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 11/04/2024 ***
Photo Gallery 27/11/2023 
 Regional Retiree Reunions 14/09/2023
*** Retirement Functions 05/04/2024 ***
*** Social Events 10/04/2024 ***