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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!

Commissioner's Orders 2024/11 received.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the sad passing of Senior Firefighter Stefan WATSON (901751) formerly of Mount Druitt. Stefan joined Fire Rescue NSW on 28th February 2012 and served for 12 years at various fire stations including 43 Seven Hills, 97 Huntingwood and 32 Mount Druitt. Funeral details will be posted when available.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the sad passing of retired Retained firefighter Bruce GARRARD (240021) on 13th June 2024. Bruce joined NSW Fire Brigades on 15th April 1990 and retired on 1st March 2011, serving at 240 Brunswick Heads Fire Station. Bruce served with New South Wales Fire Brigades for 21 years. Funeral details will be announced once available. 

We have received information of the passing of 4487 Senior Firefighter Barry Michael O’Brien on the 8th June 2024 at his home in Burnett Heads QLD at the age of 77. Barry joined NSWFB's on 19/03/1971 and retired on 6/11/2003. Barry served at many stations over the years including some time at headquarters and in human resources. His last  Station was 47 Revesby. The funeral is to be live streamed tomorrow 18th June 2024 on the following link. 

Send Off For: 6053 S/F Steven (Chid's) Chiddy. Friday 12th July 2024 Flyer Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise the sad passing of Retired Superintendent Peter CASEY (3278). Peter passed away on Friday 14 June 2024 peacefully in his sleep after a long battle. Peter joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 19 June 1964 and retired on 29 July 2005 serving for 41 years. Peter served at The Rocks, Burwood, Guildford, Auburn, Toongabbie, Headquarters, Stanmore, Parramatta, Bush Fire Rescue, Zone South, Zone Noth West, Zone West and finished his career at West Region 4, Dubbo Zone Office. Funeral

We have received information that Laurence (Laurie) Anthony FORAN has passed away. The only other information we have on Laurie is that he retired on 8/09/1995 and his last known address was Bingi Rd, Coila Lake. A Life Celebration is to be held St Bernard's Church, Batemans Bay, Thursday 20th June 1100hrs.  Funeral

The Association has been advised that retired Insp Paul DRAYTON (4467) is currently in hospital and is not allowed visitors. Further details can be obtained by contacting Ted Thompson on 0431 238 062.

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Robert Lloyd (Bob) BOYLE (4947) 
formerly of 241 Bulli Fire Station. Bob sadly passed away on Monday 10th June 2024 from an illness in hospital. Bob joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 3rd August 1973 and retired on 6 th July 2007, serving for 34 years. Bob served at 20 Hurstville, 503 Wollongong and finished up his career at 241 Bulli Fire Station. Funeral

Recent Whalan Townhouse Explosion: Kernin Lambert has supplied these two photos of the incident, plus a brief description of the scene as found on arrival of first responding Fire Fighters. Article

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of RFF Colin Lindsay HINES (336014) formerly of 336 Jerilderie Fire Station, Regional South 3. Colin joined NSWFB on 15th September 1987 and served until he retired on 21st July 2020. Colin served at 336 Jerilderie. Colin passed away peacefully at home.

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of Retired Station Officer Andrew James McQUADE (5896) formerly of Goonellabah Fire Station. Andrew sadly passed away on Thursday 30th May 2024 after a long battle with illness. Andrew joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 30th October 1981 and retired on 6th July 2006, serving for 25 years.
Andrew served at 316 Goonellabah, 362 Lismore, 94 Kellyville, 86 Penrith, 63 Blacktown, 36 Crows Nest, 15 Burwood, 59 Eastwood, 53 Neutral Bay, 1 Headquarters, 8 Liverpool, 27 Parramatta, Alexandria Comms, 5 Newtown, Stanmore and finished his career at NSWFB Training College. Family and friends are invited to join with Cathy and the family in attending Andrew's funeral service to celebrate the life of this amazing gentleman.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Kenneth Vivian FREEMAN (1283), formerly of Headquarters. Ken sadly passed away on 17th May 2024. Ken joined NSW Fire Brigades on 29th October 1948 and served at Headquarters and Lakemba Fire Stations until he retired. Ken received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 29th October 1953. Funeral

On behalf of Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner, I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the Reopening of 258 Sation Coledale, located at 759 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale NSW 2515, Thursday 27 June 2024 at 13:00. Regards Georgia Hughes. Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise the sad passing of Retired Captain Michael EDWARDS AFSM (321008). Mick sadly passed away on Wednesday 22nd May 2024 peacefully with his family by his side. Mick joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 1st March 1977 and retired on 29th September 2023 serving for 46 years. Mick was appointed Deputy Captain of Hay Fire Station on 1st March 1977 and promoted to Captain of Hay Fire Station on 1st April 2007. On 1st June 2014, Mick was awarded an Australian Fire Service Medal for his outstanding service and contribution to serving the community of Hay. Funeral

Another Report from Fire News Editor Kernin Lambert of the Liverpool Arcade and Shopping Complex Fire Sunday 21st January 2001 also placed in Fire Rescue News Articles. 

Request from Ross Brogan:- I have had a request from a friend who is organising a plaque (to be set into the existing building) and writing a book in regard to the fires that occurred (1975) Down-under Backpackers, and (1989) Savoy hotel (Kings Cross), and the people who lost their lives in those fires - for any photos that may exist, that could be used for the book and to recognise those firies that attended those incidents. If anyone who has any such photos they can contact me -  - and I will pass them on to the author of the proposed book. With thanks Ross

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. 

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

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

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 18/06/2024 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 19/06/2024 ***
Photo Gallery 09/05/2024 
 Regional Retiree Reunions 14/09/2023
*** Retirement Functions 17/06/2024 ***
*** Social Events 17/06/2024 ***