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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 Firefighter Andrew James REID (402040), formerly of 402 Station Nelson Bay, on Sunday 12th September 2021. Andrew joined FRNSW in October 2001 and served until June 2004. He was aged 58. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised. To submit a message of condolence visit, online condolence book

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2021/16 

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of former Firefighter George JONES, formerly of 256 Station Cobar, on Sunday 15th August 2021.
George joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1971 and served until his resignation in 1985. A Funeral Service will be held as follows: Thursday, 26 August 2021 at 13:00 hours. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, numbers are limited. Members are welcome to join the service via;
https:/// To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Deputy Captain Lindsay HAY (459036), formerly of 459 Station Terrigal, on Sunday 15 August 2021. Lindsay joined NSW Fire Brigades in June 1993 and served until his retirement in August 2011. Lindsay is the father of current serving firefighter SF Stuart Hay attached to 304 Station, Gosford. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised. To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Form

** Updated **
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Inspector Kenneth 'Kenny' GREENHALGH (5263), formerly of South 3 Zone Office Wollongong, on Saturday 7th August 2021, whilst holidaying with his wife Jenny in Bundaberg, Queensland. Kenny joined NSW Fire Brigades in September 1976 and served until his retirement in September 2005. He passed aged 66. To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Form The funeral is on Friday 20th August 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is a private service howe4ver members are welcome to join the service via;

** Updated ** The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Station Officer Terence 'Terry' QUINNELL (7235), formerly of 434 Station Hamlyn Terrace, on Sunday 8th August 2021. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, 20th August 2021 at 10:30 hours. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, numbers are limited. Members are welcome to join the service via; . To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Ron HOLDER (266003), formerly of 266 Station Cootamundra, on Wednesday, 4th August 2021, aged 87 years. Ron joined NSW Fire Brigades in November 1956 and served for forty years until his retirement in 1996. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

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

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Daniel CHARD (5247), formerly of 036 Station Crows Nest, on Friday 16th July 2021 in Wangaratta, Victoria. Daniel joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1976 and served until his retirement on 16 September, 2016. 

** Rescheduled ** Send Off for 5711 Station Officer Steve Sharp
rescheduled to Friday, 1st October 2021. There is no variation to the 6:00pm commencement time or the venue.. Details

** 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.

Deputy Commissioner Jim Hamilton AFSM has announced his retirement after 41 years of dedicated service with Fire and Rescue NSW. Details of his retirement function are as follows, so you can SAVE THE DATE: Date: Thursday 4th November 2021. Time: 6:30pm. Venue: QVB Tea Room. Due to current COVID restrictions, further details will be distributed closer to the date.

Work at NSW Local Government Elections:
From the NSW Electoral Commission, in relation to the employment opportunities associated with the NSW Local Council Elections to be held on Saturday 4 September 2021. "We’re looking to recruit people from all over NSW, to work in their local area and communities, and I wondered whether this may be of interest to members of the NSWFB Retirees Association. The NSW Electoral Commission is hiring approximately 20,000 people to make the election process run smoothly across NSW. Attached is the poster about employment at the election, that can be printed and displayed or distributed. There’s a variety of positions available, including working on polling day, and other office roles of up to 8 weeks in duration. Applications are welcome from anyone who is interested, with no previous election work experience required. Training is provided. It’s a great way to connect with the local community, and earn some extra cash as well. More details on the election, and positions available, can be found on this web site.  People can apply to work at the election by completing their expression of interest online via our website: Anyone who is interested should apply as soon as possible."

Notice from FRNSW: Dear All, Warwick Kidd retired on Friday the 20th of November last year but due to the restrictions placed upon us by COVID we have been unable to have a send-off for him. However, please hold the following date! Friday 1st October 2021, Venue: Bankstown Sports Club, Time: 1800 hours. More information to follow. There will be many people who will be looking to celebrate with Warwick so please spread the word.

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 14/09/2021 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 25/08/2021 ***
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 12/09/2021
Retirement Functions 21/07//2021

Social Events 21/07/2021