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.
Updated: The Commissioner regrets to advise the sad passing of Retired Deputy Captain
Michael RYAN (397005). Michael sadly passed away on Wednesday 21st February 2024.
Michael joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 1st September 1967 as a volunteer firefighter and retired on 1st September 2000 as Deputy Captain of 397 Nambucca Heads Fire Station serving for 33 years.
Michael was awarded an Honorary Membership of the NSW Fire Brigades.
An Illness notice has been received from the Commissioners Office for Retired Deputy Captain
Michael RYAN (397005) formally of 397 Nambucca Heads. Deputy Captain Ryan joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1967 and retired in 2000, serving for 33 years.
Sadly, we have been given information that Michael is seriously ill.
The Illness notice has been placed in FR360.
UPDATE ON PETER CASEY. Peter is now out of hospital and is doing well at home. He would like a phone call or two and welcomes all to Friday Firies at Toongabbie Sports Club. Please contact Ray Kelly for further details.
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain
Paul CARTER (364006), formerly of 364 Lithgow West Fire Station.
Paul sadly passed away on Saturday 3rd February 2024. Paul joined NSW Fire Brigades on 1 March 1968 and served until his retirement on 17 July 2020.
During his tenure, Paul was the Engine Keeper, Deputy Captain, and was appointed Captain at 364 Lithgow West in March 1993.
Funeral details will be distributed when available.
Send Off for Michael Pitt.
Thursday, 28th March 2024.
After what could only be described as a stellar career Michael has decided to hang up the keyboard and file away the terabytes.
We have all born witness to the technological advancements that have taken Fire and Rescue NSW into a new age.
Michael has been the driving force behind the majority of those changes, always keeping the front line firies foremost in his mind.
Come and help us celebrate his fantastic legacy. Details.
Updated: Metropolitan North - Retiree Function:
Terrence Farley is conducting a FRNSW Retiree Function at 260 Station, Newcastle and invites all Retirees to attend.
Date: Monday 26 FEB Time: 1000 Location:
260 Station, Newcastle.
Morning Tea will be provided. Also a Display of new Compressed Aeiral Pumper
(Skyjet replacement), Display of Aerial Platform, Display of new Technical Rescue Vehicle, Display of Communications Centre. Please
RSVP to MNAOAdmin@fire.nsw.gov.au by
21st February, for catering purposes
Retired S/F Fred Wales is currently going through a rough patch having recently battled cancer, he lost his house in a fire last week. He would appreciate a call from fellow retirees. Please contact
Ray Kelly on 0458 687 765 for further information.
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Deputy Captain
Reginald LAWSON (337009), formerly of Junee Fire Station on 30th January 2024 after a long battle with illness.
Reginald joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 1 March 1975 and served for 26 years until his retirement on 31 July 2003.
Reginald served at Junee Fire Station and was awarded the National Medal with the 1st Clasp.
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Inspector
Garry MALPASS (5281), formerly of the Fire Investigation and Research Unit.
Garry joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 28 January 1977 and served for 31 years and 11 months until his retirement on 14 December 2008.
Garry served at the City of Sydney, The Rocks, Alexandria, Stanmore, Ashfield, Newtown, and Leichhardt Fire Stations, Zone West 6, and the Fire Investigation and Research Unit.
Garry was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with the 2nd Clasp and the National Medal with the 1st Clasp.
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter
Billy TODD. Billy sadly passed away on 18th January 2024. He was a boxing welterweight champion of Australia and fitness conditioner for a number of rugby league football teams such as Western Suburbs, Canterbury/Bankstown, Parramatta and Cronulla.
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.
INTRODUCTION – FIRE NEWS EDITOR
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.
Bill Powell AFSM President
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
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
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
Bill Powell AFSM President NSWFB Retirees Association
FORMATION OF NSW FIRE AND RESCUE CEREMONIAL TEAM:
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Another report on the problem with old type Foam.
Latest PFAS information
supplied by Chief Superintendent Dave Felton AFSM.
Information Sheet - PFAS Questions & Answers
Information Sheet Firefighting Foam and PFAS
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
Retiree Reunions 14/09/2023
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