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 advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter
Ronald DRUMMOND (2146), formerly of 260 Station Newcastle, on Sunday 10th October 2021.
Ronald joined NSW Fire Brigades in June 1956 and retired in January 1987. Funeral
We received this notification from Nancy Brigden regarding the
passing of Ronald E. BRIGDEN (3375): Ron passed away on the 5th August, 2018, notice was in the SMH on the 11th, if you want to update these details please do, sorry I have taken so long to do so,
Regards, Nancy Brigden.
Latest Commissioner's Orders
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Community Diversity Officer
David WEIR (30100), formerly of Community Engagement Unit, on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.
Dave joined the MFB on 07 February 1986 before commencing with FRNSW on 11 April 2005. He is the father of Qualified Firefighter Jacqueline Weir and father in-law to Qualified Firefighter Geoffrey Kanagaratnam
and Qualified Firefighter Karouna Micheal. Dave passed aged 58. Funeral
Members who are unable to attend are welcome to join the service via;
To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book Dave’s family have requested a donation be made, in lieu of flowers, to
https://www.supportstvincents.com.au/ways-to-give/donate/. Please select “Heart Lung Innovation Fund” as your chosen recipient.
Reminder: Send Off for Deputy Commissioner Jim Hamilton AFSM.
Jim has announced his retirement after 41 years of dedicated service with Fire and Rescue NSW.
Date: Thursday 4th November 2021.
** Rescheduled **
Send Off for 5711 Station Officer Steve Sharp
rescheduled to Friday, 26th November 2021.
There is no variation to the 6:00pm commencement time or the venue..
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter
Mark HARPER (7632), formerly of 462 Station Mayfield West, on Thursday 18th September 2021.
Mark joined NSW Fire Brigades on 1st February 1985 and served until his retirement on 3rd July 2017.
Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised. To submit a message of condolence, visit
online condolence book
The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Captain William
BULLER, formerly of 202 Station Abermain, on Wednesday 15th September 2021.
William’s funeral service will be live streamed this Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 at 1330hrs
on the following link: https://youtu.be/iRfsngQj3I8
To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book
** Postponed **
Due to current Covid restrictions
the E District Reunion scheduled for Tuesday, 7th September 2021
has been postponed till further notice.
** Postponed **
Due to the current Covid restrictions
Send Off for 5769 Superintendent Craig Wright
scheduled for Friday 3rd September
2021 will be rescheduled to later in the year.
Request for assistance with research into retired firefighters from Nicholas Gahan Doctor of Social Work student at Charles Sturt University.
** Postponed ** Due to the current Covid restrictions
the send off for
Chief Superintendent Brett Davies
scheduled for Saturday, 14th August 2021 will be rescheduled to later in the year.
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.
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
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
Notices 15/10/2021 ***
Retiree Reunions 12/09/2021