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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.
News Flashes!

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2022/16

Reminder - Please RSVP and pay by 31st August: 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 (269020) retired Firefighter John LAMB. Firefighter Lamb served at Corrimal fire Station from April 1990 until May 2009. Further details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

Reminder: Send Off for:  5629 Station Officer Chris Sykes AFSM
Friday, 19th August 2022 Details Flyer

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

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of retired Captain Murdoch SUCKER. Captain Murdoch served at Morpeth fire Station. A private funeral will be held for close family and friends. Further details of a ‘service of thanksgiving’ will be updated in FR360 once advised.

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

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Walter “Wally” LOWDER (4800), formerly of 46 Station Sutherland, on Thursday 28th July 2022. Wally joined NSW Fire Brigades in September 1972 and served until his retirement in April 2003. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain Robert Andrew DUNCAN (33701), formerly of 337 Station Junee, on Tuesday, 26th July 2022. Robert joined NSW Fire Brigades in June 1970 and served until his retirement in August 2015 . Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

Send Off for: 6918 Phil ‘nighty’ Nightingale Thursday, 1st September 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.

We have received information to say that Bob Smith is currently in RPA hospital. He is in isolation and no visitors are allowed at this time. Contact Ray Kelly 9626 8289 for further details and telephone number.

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: Further details as to cost will be given at a later date along with the News Letter and Invite.

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

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of Retired Firefighter Dean Lewis Pinsak (7773) on the 2nd of July 2022, formerly of Bateau Bay Fire Station. Dean joined the NSW Fire Brigades in June 1998 and served until his retirement in October 2021 at City of Sydney, Pyrmont, Ryde, Gordon, Hamlyn Terrace and Bateau Bay Fire Stations.
 Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised. 

E district reunion IMPORTANT INFORMATION!:
There has been a CHANGE IN VENUE for the forthcoming ‘E’ DISTRICT REUNION. Due to our regular venues closure we have had to source a NEW venue. The E District Reunion will now be held at The Redfern hotel, Cnr REDFERN ST & GEORGE ST REDFERN. 
just a block away from No 10 fire station Redfern. Friday 16th September 2022 from midday onwards. Meals can be purchased at the venue. Contact Paul Roussis on 0434813131 for information.

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 16/08/2022 ***
 *** Commissioner's Orders 18/08/2022 ***
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 12/08/2022
Retirement Functions 03/08/2022

Social Events 12/08/2022