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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!

The Retirees Association has been advised of the passing of retired Station Officer Herbert HERRMAN (3086) on 20th September 2023. Herbert joined the NSWFB on 31/05/1963 and he retired on 14/12/1999. Funeral details will be provided when advised.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Senior Firefighter Peter JOHNSON (4440) of Penrith Fire Station. Peter joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 8 January 1971 and served for over 31 years until his retirement on 8 May 2002. Peter was awarded the National Medal and the National Medal 1st Clap, serving at Stanmore, Headquarters (City of Sydney), Leichhardt, Turvey Park, Albury, Wentworthville, Seven Hills, Huntingwood, and Penrith Fire Stations. Funeral details will be distributed when available. 

Photos of the
'E' District Get Together held on Friday 15th September 2023 have been added to the Photo Gallery.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Superintendent David McKENZIE (2645) QFSM. 
David joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 8 January 1960 and served for 37 years until his retirement on 21st October 1997. David served at Botany, Alexandria, The Rocks, Beecroft, BA Section, and Zone South West 1. 

The following is a text from Garry Malpass via Ron Morasso: Hi all it's me this time and feeling a little better. Had operation to voice box last night but mouth and throat still full of ulcers caused by chemotherapy they are trying to strengthen me up for round 3 of chemo hopefully next week. So if I don't answer your calls it's because I can't. Thanks for understanding. Moose.

Send Off for: 4941 S/O Freddy Parkhouse - 2nd November 2023. Details Flyer

Retired members & family are cordially invited to attend Parramatta Fire Stations BBQ.  
On duty " A " plt. Sat. 18th November 2023 11am. We welcome firefighters to our annual roll call , to join with old workmates and friends to share old memories and join with today's firefighters for a bar-b-q lunch. Parking is limited in the area but being a Saturday may help. Please book in your attendance by Mon. 13th for lunch. Your support is always needed for these events. Please pass this information on. Contact :  9628 5675 Parramatta Stn. 94931027  9626 8289 - Alan Hitchell J.P. SSAPS 61 02 96285675
M: 0414477467

Commissioner's Orders 2023/18 received.

Send Off for: 6749 RAY DIXON - 6th October 2023 Details Flyer


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 Wednesday 28th January 2004. Regards, Bill Powell AFSM, President

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. 

Notice Of Committee Election for NSW
Fire Brigades Retirees Association Incorporated: The Constitution of the Association requires that an election for the members of the Committee be held every three years at the Annual General Meeting. The positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee Members x 6. Any member wishing to nominate for a position on the Committee should contact the Secretary Mr. Ray Kelly by telephone on 0458 687 765 or by email at by no later than Wednesday 11th October 2023.

FRNSW 2023 Annual Ball: Friday, 20th October 2023 - 6.30 pm - 11.30 pm. Dockside, Darling Harbour, Level One, Cockle Bay Wharf. You are invited to join us for a glittering night of fundraising overlooking Sydney's beautiful Cockle Bay. Gather your colleagues, family and friends together and dance the night away with live music and entertainment, plus special guests, a silent auction and raffle as we raise funds for The Burns Unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Flyer

We have booked Wednesday, 18th October 2023 at Club York for this year's Annual Retirees Luncheon. Details

Permanent Messages

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

Presumptive Legislation for Firefighter Cancers
:- information from Chief Super Mick Ryan

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 24/09/2023 ***
Commissioner's Orders 13/09/2023
Photo Gallery 16/09/2023 
 Regional Retiree Reunions 14/09/2023
Retirement Functions 14/09/2023
Social Events 14/09/2023