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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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Latest Commissioner's Orders 2022/19


Hi Everyone, Next Monday, 3rd October, is the next get-together for our breakfast meeting. I have contacted the cafe and ascertained that they will be open, as it is a public holiday, however there is an extra charge due to the holiday. 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 Ryan

We regret to advise that Retired Inspector Bruce Michael (BJ) JOHNSON (2655) passed away this morning, 24th September 2022, formerly of the Fire Investigation and Research Unit. Bruce joined NSW Fire Brigades in January 1960 and retired in August 1998. Bruce is the father of Retired Senior Firefighter Andrew Johnson. Bruce was the current President of our Retirees Association and was Secretary of the Association for a good many years before that. He was made a Life Member in 2018. He was an active and valued member of the Committee who worked tirelessly to promote and serve the NSWFB Retirees Association. He will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Margaret, son Andrew and family. Funeral
Updated: NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon 2022:
The Red Room at Club York has been booked for 11:30 on Wednesday, 09/11/2022. Please RSVP by Sunday, 30/10/2022 to Ray Kelly 10 RIDGEWAY CRESCENT, QUAKERS HILL NSW 2763 - Phone/Fax: 02 9626 8289 - Mobile: 0458 687 765 - Email: Cost: $35. Invite

Photos of 'E' District get-together on 16th September 2022 have been added to the Photo Gallery.

Upcoming community/mental health event - 22nd September 2022 Details Flyer

Well-Ahead Study: Phoenix Australia has recently developed a mobile app, called Well-Ahead SOLAR for female ex-serving military and former emergency service members. This mobile app is designed to improve mental health and wellbeing. The Well-Ahead SOLAR app teaches evidence-based ways of improving sleep, managing strong emotions, enhancing wellbeing, and coming to terms with difficult experiences. They are seeking volunteers who are experiencing challenges with mental well-being (e.g., difficulty sleeping or concentrating, low or irritable mood, disengaging from usual activities) to participate in the Well-Ahead Study and trial the app. Details  Flyer

The Association has been advised of the passing of Thomas (Tom) HARRIS (3179) formerly of #57 Station Wentworthville on Monday 12th September, 2022. Thomas HARRIS was the father of retained member Mark Harris.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Fred GEAR (2657), formerly of (14) station, Ashfield. Fred joined NSW Fire Brigades in January 1960 and served until October 1972. Fred served at City of Sydney, Burwood, Parramatta & Ashfield.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain George William HEYDON (489004), formerly of 489 Station Warragamba, on Thursday 8th September 2022. George joined NSW Fire Brigades in October 1975 and served until his retirement in December 1995. Funeral details will be updated once advised.

The Association has received information that Station Officer Chris WINDSOR (4988) passed away on Monday 12th September, 2022 at Old Bar, New South Wales.

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of Retired Firefighter Rodney HARVEYSON (308005). Firefighter Harveyson served at Grenfell Fire Station from August 1971 until August 2003. A funeral was held on the 8th September 2022.

Send Off for:  6139 S/O Paul Smith Tuesday 27th September 2022  Details Flyer

BBQ at Gosford Fire Station:
Hi Everyone, I just want to alert you to the fact that we are negotiating to arrange a BBQ at Gosford Fire Station on Monday, 28th November 2022. Because of Covid we have been unable to have a BBQ in a fire station for the last two years, and because of Covid there are a few rules that we will have to abide by. 
Firstly, we must be vaccinated against Covid and be able to prove it on the day, ie a certificate or on our mobile phones. Also, on the day we will be RAT tested at the fire station. It would be appreciated if you would advise me if you are interested in attending, phone me on 0438 244 803 or by email . You will of course be notified closer to the date. Mick Ryan

Information from Mrs Sandy Breen. Just to advise you that Glen Breen, retired NSW Fleet Office, is in Campbelltown Private Hospital undergoing major surgery. Visiting restrictions are in place. Thank you Sandy Breen.

Forgotten to pay? Spots are nearly full, absolutely last payments by COB Monday 5th. Money will not be accepted on the night. Send Off for: Sup't Bruce Cameron AFSM, Sup't Tony Waller OAM, Insp. Clay Allison AFSM Friday 9th September 2022 Details Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of Firefighter Peter PALMER (399023) on the 24th of August 2022, 
aged 58 years. Firefighter Palmer served at Narrabri Fire Station from August 1994 until his resignation in September 2011. A private funeral service will be held to say farewell and celebrate Peters life.

Send Off for: Chief Supt Ken Murphy Friday, 30th September 2022 6pm  Details Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of Rodney McGOWAN (280033). Firefighter McGowan served at Dubbo Fire Station from December 1991 until May 2007. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter Stephen GARD (280014), formerly of 280 Station Dubbo, on Tuesday 23rd August 2022. Stephen joined NSW Fire Brigades in December 1982 and served until his retirement in April 1992. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.


Received from 5966 Ian Timewell ( retired): Hi Barry - just to let you know of the passing of retired S/O Brian DILLON on 12th August 2022. Dillo was stationed at No 4 Darlinghurst for many years & finished his career at No 26 Stn Mascot. He was 96 years old - his funeral was held on Friday 26th August 2022. I am not sure of his Brigade No. He served in the R.A.N. during the 2nd World War after putting his age up in what is now the Navy Seals & was a long serving active member of the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Robert Arthur James WIGHTON (4200)(331028), who passed away on Monday the 22nd August 2022. Robert Joined NSW Fire Brigades as a Permanent Firefighter in August 1969 and served until his resignation in December 1989. During this time Robert served at Headquarters, Glebe, Leichhardt, Liverpool and Campbelltown Fire Stations. Robert then re-joined NSW Fire Brigades as a Retained Firefighter in June 1992 and served until his retirement in April 2005 at Inverell Station. Robert is survived by his son Captain Robert Wighton of Inverell Station. Funeral

27 Station Parramatta retired firefighters
Bar-B-Q Sunday 13th November 2022 Details

HQ C Platoon Reunion: After a couple of Covid cancelations we are pleased to announce the 4th biennial Headquarters 'C' Platoon reunion, on Saturday the 8th of October from midday at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel on the corner of Pitt and Bathurst Street around the corner from the fire station. Kicking off from noon to allow all the old firies to have a few beverages and be tucked up in bed at a decent hour. I'll be paying a $250 deposit so I need to know numbers of those attending. RSVP to - or Mark Reilly via

Send Off for: 6581 S/O Chris 'Colonel' Sanders Tuesday, 25th October 2022 Details Flyer

Can You Help? Senior Fire Fighter George Lloyd, under the guidance of Supt. Peter Stathis and Supt Greg Houston, have assembled a newly formed NSW Fire & Rescue Ceremonial Team currently comprising of 24 Members who volunteer their time in representing Fire and Rescue NSW at funerals, as well as Anzac Day and graduation ceremonies. Protocol procedures play an important role in the Brigades’ future. The team is asking retired Members if they are willing to donate whole or partial old-style fire tunics (lion tamers) for wearing by the Ceremonial Team on special occasions. This would enable the continuation of past Fire Brigade traditions. If you can assist in any way, please contact George Lloyd on 0405 551 929 or email him at Thanking you Bill Powell AFSM.

Send Off for: Inspector Bob Barton Thursday, 13th October 2022. RSVP by Monday, 3rd October 2022 Details Flyer

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 27/09/20222 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 28/09/2022 ***
Photo Gallery 18/09/2022
Regional Retiree Reunions 08/09/2022
Retirement Functions 08/09/2022

Social Events 08/09/2022