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.
The Commissioner regrets to inform of the passing of (207018) Firefighter
Phillip DUCK (Ret). Phillip joined NSW Fire brigades in June 1986 serving at Albion Park Fire Station until his retirement in May 2012.
Update: The funeral for Wayne is to be
live streamed on Wednesday, March 22nd 2023 at 11:00 AM
(Australia/Sydney time) Details
Here. The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Inspector
Wayne 'Bucko' BUXTON AFSM (3812), formerly of 001 Station City of Sydney, on Saturday 11 March 2023.
Inspector Buxton served with NSW Fire Brigades for 47 years, until his retirement on 08 August 2014.
Latest Commissioner's Orders
The Commissioner regrets to inform of the passing of L/F Colin RICE on the 22/02/2023 at his home in Penrith.
Colin served on 'D' Platoon at 86 Station Penrith until his medical retirement in 2018 after suffering injuries from a road accident.
FORMATION OF NSW FIRE AND RESCUE CEREMONIAL TEAM: 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
We have been advised that retired S/F Ken WHITE (2699) passed away yesterday morning, 23rd February 2023. Ken joined the NSWFB on 06/05/1960 and retired on 10/10/1987.
Date for your diary:
We have booked Wednesday, 18th October 2023 at Club York for this year's
Annual Retirees Luncheon. Further details will be made available at a later date.
The Commissioner regrets to inform of the passing of Retired Senior
Firefighter Phillip WHOLOHAN (4235) . Phillip joined NSW Fire Brigades in October 1969 serving until his retirement in November 1984. Phillip served at the Parramatta, City of Sydney, Rydalmere and Northmead.
Phillip will be farewelled in a private ceremony.
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Honorary Captain
Laurence Herbert MURRAY (075001) formerly of Berowra Fire Station.
Laurence joined NSW Fire Brigades in August 1971 serving until
We have received advice that Harold "Harry" BARKER (4799) passed away on 17th February, 2023. Harry joined the NSWFB on 26/08/1972 and retired on 15/10/2001.
A private funeral service will be held in the near future.
We have been contacted by current serving 7333 S/F Todd Maguire, regarding a
request for information as outlined in the attached doc. Document.
We would appreciate any members who know anything of the following members to contact Ray Kelly on 0458 687 7651.
Alexander King BLACK (2930) joined NSWFB 13/10/1961 and retired on 13/03/1996. He lived in Drummoyne.
Stephen O'SULLIVAN (6208) joined NSWFB on 25/05/1984 and retired from FRNSW on 20/09/2013. His last station was #23 Gladesville.
Send off for:- 5462 Inspector Mick Carroll. Sunday, 2nd April 2023
The next 'E District Reunion'
is scheduled to be held on Friday, 15th September 2023 at The Redfern Hotel commencing at midday. This is a casual event and is open to one and all. Being from E district is not a prerequisite. Meals and refreshments can be purchased at the bar. For further information please contact Paul Demi Roussis on 0434813131. Or search for NSWFB E District Reunion on Facebook and join our group for updates.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Presumptive Legislation for Firefighter Cancers:-
from Chief Super Mick Ryan
PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION BILL:
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.
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.
Information Sheet - PFAS Questions & Answers
Information Sheet Firefighting Foam and PFAS
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. email@example.com
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
Retiree Reunions 08/09/2022