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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: 6280 S/F Rob Maciejowski Friday 15th July 2022 Details Flyer

Update: Please RSVP by COB MONDAY 27 JUNE 2022 Send Off for:  6238 Graham Tait Tuesday 5th July 2022 Details Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of Retired Firefighter John HOR (251017), formerly of 251 Station Cardiff, on Friday 17th June 2022. John joined the NSW Fire Brigades in November 1982 and served until his retirement in January 2015 at Cardiff Station. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of former Deputy Captain Adrian KUITERS (520788), 
on Sunday the 12th of June 2022. Adrian joined NSW Fire Brigades in March 2009 and served at Saratoga Fire Station until his resignation in March 2016. Funeral  

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2022/12

Information received from Retired Inspector Bob Boon: 5275 Retired Station Officer Tom O'SHEA passed away on Sunday 19th June following a long term illness of pain and suffering only a man of Tom's strength and courage could endure. Tom leaves behind his devoted wife Christine, His daughters Megan, Marney and Michelle and his son Grahame as well as his Grandchildren. Thomas joined NSW Fire Brigades in December 1976 and served at Kogarah, Campsie, Mt Druitt, Fairfield, Lidcombe, Chester Hill, Cabramatta, and Horningsea Park. Thomas retired in July 2009. A celebration Remembrance of Tom's life will be celebrated at a location yet to be arranged and will be announced at a future date. Funeral  

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of retired Inspector Harry COHEN (2584), on Friday the 17th of June 2022. Harry joined NSW Fire Brigades in May 1959 and served at Stanmore and HQ Fire Stations, Staff Training and Development and Fire Prevention. Harry retired in June 1989. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Station Officer Matthew BRAMALL (7433), formerly of 464 Station Toronto, on Monday June 6, 2022. Matthew joined NSW Fire Brigades in December 1991 serving at Toronto, City of Sydney, Eastwood, Hamilton & Newcastle. He was aged 50. Funeral For anyone that is unable to attend Matthew Bramall's funeral on Tuesday 14th June the funeral will be live streamed. Please follow the link below.

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of retired Firefighter Brendan SHAW (6764), on Saturday the 4th June 2022. Brendan joined NSW Fire Brigades in November 1987 and served at Stanmore, St Mary’s, Silverwater, Kellyville, Schofields and Bathurst Fire Stations. Brendan retired in December 2019. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.


Send Off for:  5744 Craig Osborne Saturday, 30th July 2022 Details Flyer

Peter Casey Update:
Peter is out of ICU & in a private room. His condition is still serious, family visitors only. Doctors say he will need a long time to properly recover. Would you please advise same on retirees website.
Kind regards Pat Johnston. Original message.

The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of Retired Station Officer Ricky HUGHES (3313), 
on Wednesday 25th of May 2022. Richard joined NSW Fire Brigades in August 1964 and served at Drummoyne, Fairfield, Cabramatta, Liverpool, Smithfield, Lidcombe, and Fire Safety. Richard retired in November 2000. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Ron HEMMY (2745), on Thursday19th May 2022. Ron joined NSW Fire Brigades in August 1960 and served at Stanmore, Fairfield, Cabramatta, Toongabbie, Guildford, Headquarters and the Training College. Ron retired in November 1997. Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.


We have received information from Ted Thompson advising of the passing of retired S/F William (Billy) MERCHANT (2897) on 21st May, 2022. Bill joined the NSWFB on 04/08/1991 and retired on 10/07/1992. Bill opted for no funeral and will be farewelled by his family.

Information received from Jessica Glasheen: It is with great sadness I inform you of the passing of my grandfather Retired Captain Douglas McINERNEY, (513001), formerly of (513) Station Young and long serving member of 49 years. Doug passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday May 15th 2022. His Funeral will be held Tuesday May 24th at 1pm. I have added a link to the funeral directors webpage for his funeral announcement with further details and the live stream link for those wishing to attend but unable to make it due to time, distance or other reasons. Thankyou for your time. Regards, Jessica Glasheen .

Send Off for:  Superintendent Peter X. Stathis AFSM Friday, 15th July 2022 
Details Flyer

Retired Supt. 3278 Peter Casey is in Norwest Private Hospital in a very serious condition. He is suffering from a bacterial infection post - op a fortnight ago. He was re-admitted a few days ago & is in Intensive Care. No visitors allowed at this stage except family for 2 one hour periods only. Anne Casey & family have given permission to let everyone know.

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

Send Off for:  6333 Inspector Rob Jansen Friday, 5th August 2022
  Details RSVP by 30th June 2022 Flyer

Send Off for:  5711 Steve Sharp, 6990 Cole Smith and 7744 Steve Cavanagh. Thursday, 30th June 2022
Details  Flyer

E District Reunion: The E District Reunion has been scheduled for FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2022 at CLUB REDFERN (REDFERN RSL) from midday onwards. Please pass on the event details to your old mates to enjoy a casual get together. Everyone welcome from past and present no matter which district or zone you served in. Should anyone like to follow and find more information and photos of the Event please search our Facebook page for NSWFB “E” District Reunion and request to join group. Please contact Paul (Demi) Roussis for more information on 0434813131

Reinvestigation into the Luna Park Fire:
We have received advice from FRNSW Fire Investigation and Research Unit that the NSW Police and the State Coroner have commenced a reinvestigation into the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park on Friday 09/06/1979. B Platoon was on duty. If you were on duty on the night and have not spoken with the Police, please contact Ray Kelly on 0458 687 765 for contact details.

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 23/06/2022 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 22/06/2022 ***
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 12/09/2021
*** Retirement Functions 27/06//2022 ***
*** Social Events 27/06/2022 ***