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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: 5655 Brian 'Aubo' Aubusson Saturday 10 December 2022
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Next Monday, 5th December, is our next breakfast get-together. So come along for our breakfast meeting. 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. Looking forward to seeing you there, Mick

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving Deputy Captain Gary CARPENTER (88027) 
of 088 Station Campbelltown, on Thursday 24th November, 2022. Gary joined NSW Fire Brigades in June 1996 serving at Campbelltown until his passing. Funeral details will be given once advised.

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2022/23

We have received a request from Fire Rescue Metro South Zone 2 Georges River to help locate 3 retired firefighters who because of the pandemic were unable to collect their framed certificates of service and engraved tankards as no presentations/send offs were allowed. The Zone Office were unable to make contact by telephone and also drove out and presentations/send offschecked out the addresses that they had on SAP. They were advised that the FFs had left their old home addresses. They also rang the stations to see if anyone there had any contact but to no avail. The Firefighters are Graeme Ottley formerly of A Platoon Menai. Last known address was at Heathcote. There is a mobile number but the only message is ‘your call cannot be completed at this time’ which seems to indicate it is disconnected or out of reach. Peter Askew formerly of C Platoon Menai. Last known address was at Engadine. Landline number only and Adam Sotiri, formerly of D Platoon Matraville last known address was at Maroubra with a landline number only. If anyone has any information on their current contact details or location can they please contact Mary Barthelemy AREA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Metro South Zone 2 Georges River.
T: Zone Office (02) 9561 7900 (Direct: 9561 7907) 
Cnr Kensington & Gray Streets KOGARAH 2217
PO Box 1035 KOGARAH 1485

Extra Photos from the NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon held on 9th November 2022 and Photos of the Retirees Luncheon at Parramatta on 13th November added to Photo Gallery. All photos provided by Alan Hitchell.

We have received notification that Alan Sheppard has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment in Port Macquarie on a regular basis. He has asked us to provide his number so that anyone who wishes to ring him can. His number is 0427 745 977.

Send Off for: 6558 SO Peter 'Jonesy' Jones. Tuesday 29th, November 2022.
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Permanent Messages

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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

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 24/11/2022 ***
*** Commissioner's Orders 23/11/2022 ***
Photo Gallery 15/11/2022 

Regional Retiree Reunions 08/09/2022
Retirement Functions 30/11/2022
*** Social Events 30/11/2022 ***