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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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Send Off for: 5436 SO Pete 'Mother' Mills, 5366 SF Matt 'The Wedge' Richmond, 6341 SF Ross 'Black Cloud' White,
Tuesday, 30th November 2021,  Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Barry WHATMAN (385001), formerly of (385) Station Moss Vale, on Monday 15th November 2021. Barry joined NSW Fire Brigades in August 1965 and served until his retirement in March 1999. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

Manly Fire Station Centenary:–
On behalf of the FRNSW Commissioner, I would like to extend an invitation to any retired personnel to attend the Manly Fire Station Centenary located at 128 Sydney Road, Fairlight on Friday 10th December, commencing at 9.30am. The dress code: Firefighters & NSW Uniformed Organisations: Summer dress uniform, ribbons, peak cap and tie, Non-uniformed personnel and guests: business attire/smart casual. Please RSVP with your acceptance to email by 1st December 2021. Please contact me if you have any further inquiries about this event, this event will run for approx. 1 hour. Unfortunately there is no allocated onsite parking available for this event however there is local on street parking. Warm Regards, Joanna Sperring, Fire & Rescue NSW Admin Officer Metropolitan East 2 Zone Office. T: 02 8588 9300

** Reminder ** Retirement Function for:- Chief Superintendent Brett Davies.
Friday, 19th November 2021 Details

** Reminder ** Send Off for 5711 Station Officer Steve Sharp
rescheduled to Friday, 26th November 2021. There is no variation to the 6:00pm commencement time or the venue.. Details

Send Off for: 5270 Superintendent Norman Buckley
on Friday, 4th February 2022 Details

Send Off for: Superintendent Craig Wright
on Friday 18th February 2022 Details

Send Off for: 6141 S/F Scott SIMMONS
on Sunday 12th December 2021 Details

We have received the following information regarding the passing of Elaine ROGERS who passed away suddenly on 16 October, 2021 aged 93. Elaine is the wife of former Deputy Chief Officer Warwick (Buck) Rogers and mother of Lynette (dec’d), Robyn, Bruce, Craig, Brett and Dana, and grandmother and great-grandmother. Funeral Family and friends are invited to attend and then join the family for refreshments after the service at Asquith Bowling Club, 1 Lodge St, Hornsby. The service will also be live streamed for those who are unable to attend. Details to follow.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Mr Peter RATH AM, former Director General of the NSW Fire Brigades, on Wednesday 20th October 2021. Mr Rath was appointed as President of the Board of Fire Commissioners in 1986 and served in that position until 1990. In 1990 he oversaw the transition of the NSW Fire Brigades from a Statutory Authority, under a Board, to a NSW Government Department under a Director General. He was appointed as the first Director General in 1990 and served in the position until 1994. During his tenure as Director, he introduced significant reforms the Brigades, the most significant being the restructure of the Executive Administrative Management and Executive Operational Command structure of the NSW Fire Brigades which resulted in the amalgamation of the offices of Director General and Chief Officer into the Office of Commissioner under a single Commissioner. Mr Rath retired as Director General of the NSW Fire Brigades in 1994 following the appointment of Vice Admiral Ian Mac Dougall AC AFSM as the first Commissioner. Mr Rath was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 1995 Queens Birthday Honours in recognition of his Public Service particularly through the NSW Fire Brigades. He is survived by his wife Dorothy.  Funeral

Mega Send Off for:- SO Chris Bingham, SF John Guinery, SF Paul Ban Eimeren, SF John Watson. Wednesday, 17th November 2021.
From: 1300 Details

Send Off for: The Three Amigos S/O's Weir, Melinz and Hyland. 
Thursday, 25th November 2021 From: 1300 Til Whenever. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter David PROUST (7157), formerly of 351 Station Doyalson, on Wednesday 20th October 2021. He joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1992 and served until his retirement in June 2019. Dave is the father of Senior Firefighter Anthony Proust, 65 Station, Qualified Firefighter James Proust, 55 Station, and Firefighter Peter Proust, 30 Station. Funeral

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2021/20 

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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