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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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The Commissioner regrets to advise that firefighter 9135 Matthew Jones of 428 Station Queanbeyan and his wife (Ratree) were involved in a motorbike accident in Canberra on Friday 4th June 2021.  Matt and his wife are still in hospital. Matt is happy for members of FRNSW to contact him on his mobile phone 0428 296 526. At this stage he will be in hospital for up to 6 weeks.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Mrs Rosemary REED, wife of Retired Captain Merv Reed AFSM, on Sunday, 6th June 2021. Rosemary, together with Merv, contributed greatly to Fire and Rescue NSW, Firefighter Championships, and the Tocumwal community. She passed following a long illness.
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter Walter (Wally) MORRIS, formerly of 208 Station Aberdeen and 455 Station Rutherford, on Monday, 7th June 2021.
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Retirement Function for 5270 Superintendent Norman Buckley
on Friday, 23rd July 2021. The event is a mixed cocktail event being held in the Red Room at Club York, 99 York Street, Sydney. Drinks will be served from 1800 and last drinks called at 2300. The boy from Bondi is putting a substantial bank roll on the bar tab so don’t be late! Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Qualified Firefighter Jason SCHEJNIN (9185), formerly of 097 Station Huntingwood, on Thursday, 3rd June 2021.
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Engine Keeper Eric STANFORD, formerly of 229 Station Boggabri, on Monday, 31st May 2021. Eric retired from NSW Fire Brigades on 1st, October 1995 after many years of service. He passed aged 88.
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We are pleased to announce that the Fire and Rescue NSW Ball will be held on Friday, 6th August 2021. We have been able to transfer previous ticket holders over to the new date and can now open up ticket sales to other staff, family and friends that may want to book in. Please see attached flyer for all details, noting final payments are due 9th July 2021.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer William 'Bill' EDWARDS (2747), formerly of 051 Station Forestville, on Sunday, 27th May 2021. Bill joined NSW Fire Brigades on 5th August 1960 and retired on 21st January 1993. He passed aged 88.
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Latest Commissioner's Orders 2021/10 

Next Monday, 7th June, 2021 is our next breakfast meeting
at Wamberal. We meet at 9.30 am at Wamberal Surf Club, Dover Road, Wamberal. All firefighters and retired firefighters are welcome. Come along and renew old and new acquaintances, save a few front fences and set the World to rights. See you there, Mick

Send Off for 6445 George Richard Heinrich on Thursday, 15th July 2021 at The Henry Sport Club. Please RSVP by 2nd July 2021.  Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Captain Ian SMITH (454011), formerly of 454 Station Tarro, on Saturday, 22nd May 2021. Funeral details will be updated in FR360, once advised.
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The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Robert 'Bob' EARL (5876), formerly of 241 Station Bulli, on Sunday, 16th May 2021. Bob joined NSW Fire Brigades on 4th September 1981 and retired on 18th August 2017. He passed aged 59.
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Send Off for Jim OUTRED, Grant MYERS and Dean HANNAM. Friday, 4th June 2021. At Dee Why RSL,
Battery House Bar. Due to the ongoing Covid restrictions we need to provide names and numbers to the Dee Why RSL a week prior to the event so we need to ensure people are listed and paid by Friday, 28th May 2021. This will also assist in catering. People attending need to ensure they add their NAME when depositing funds so we can tell who has paid. Any queries/questions please call Kel McNamara on 0429691153. Other Details

The next E District Reunion has been scheduled for Tuesday, 7th September 2021 from midday at Club Redfern, Cnr Redfern & Gibbons St (old Redfern RSL site). Please let any of your old mates know it's on. All welcome, It's not a strictly E district event, just an opportunity to get together in a casual atmosphere. We would like to see all of you there retired and serving . For more details please contact Paul (Demi) Roussis on 0434813131. We also have a Facebook group 'NSWFB E DISTRICT REUNION' if you would like to join for information. Thank you Paul Roussis.

From Graham Manners Coordinator, Retirees Peer Support Program: ABC Television have been running an expose over the last four weeks concerning The Ghost Train fire at Luna Park on 9th June 1979, where there were several fatalities. If these programs have raised issues for you, either as a firefighter that attended that call or just in general, support is available from the Retirees Peer Support program. We are not counsellors but can be someone you can talk to and discuss any further help you may need. Contact can be made through our website: or by calling our Duty Officer: 0477 342 750.

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 09/06/2021 ***
Commissioner's Orders 02/06/2021
Photo Gallery 24/11/2020
Regional Retiree Reunions 12/09/2021
Retirement Functions 05/0y6//2021
Social Events 05/06/2021