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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.

News Flashes!

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retained Firefighter Peter HOUSLER (488005) formally of 488 Shellharbour earlier this week.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Captain 270001 Albert DOUST formerly of 270 Station Cowra earlier this week. Albert was appointment to the Brigade 01/04/1956, appointed as Captain 05/08/1981 and resigned 31/10/1990. Details of a funeral service to follow when they become available.

Reminder: Parramatta NSWFB Christmas Luncheon 2017. Friday 3rd November 2017. Details


Central Coast Retired Firefighters BBQ Lunch:
On Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 at 1100 hrs, NSW Fire Brigade Retiree’s Assoc. Inc. Central Coast Area, is having a BBQ lunch at Fire Station 353 Kincumber, 836 The Scenic Road, Kincumber (cnr. Abundance Street). It is hoped that you will be able to attend, together with your wife, partner or friend. Please contact me (Mick Ryan) on 0438 244 803 or 4324 4809, or by email at to assist with catering. (No alcohol is allowed on Fire Brigade premises) We are updating our list of retired firefighters on the Central Coast, so if you know of any retired firefighters who have come to the Central Coast, would you ask them to contact me so that they can be included on our list. If you do not wish to be contacted regarding these functions, please let me know so that your name can be removed from the list. Regards from Mick Ryan.

Our next Paul Brown breakfast soiree is at Wamberal Surf Club, Dover Road, Wamberal, at 9.30 am on Monday, 6th November. 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. Mick Ryan

Newcastle Ball Cancellation: The Newcastle Firefighters Fundraising Event scheduled for Saturday 4th November 2017, has been cancelled. The Committee will continue with their fundraising efforts by way of a massive raffle in time for Christmas, as well as some auctions. More information on these will be forwarded in the coming weeks. Please forward any enquiries to 

Reminder: Tamworth Firefighters Ball: Saturday 21st October 2017
at Wests Leagues Club. Flyer

Reminder: HQ "C" Platoon Reunion 2017: Saturday 21st October 2017. Details.

Email received Re-Kayaking event Tweed Heads 21st October 2027 Email  Flyer

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Station Officer Peter WOODS (5343), formerly of Berkeley Vale Station on 29/9/17. Funeral

Another report on the problem with old type Foam.

Photos of 'E' District Reunion held on Monday 9th October added to
Photo Gallery.

Latest In-Orders 17/20

Reminder: NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon: Wednesday 18th October 2017
at 'Club York' 99 York St. Sydney.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of that Retained Firefighter 488005 Peter Housler formally of 488 Shellharbour is suffering a serious illness. Peter is currently at Port Kembla Hospital in palliative care. More details to be advised when they become available. Any questions please contact Captain 488 Warren Murray 0408 621 256.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Firefighter QFF Anthony HESLOP (5756) 1980-1997 formerly of 47 station (Revesby) earlier this week.  Funeral


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 3015 Retired Firefighter Robert Hugh WHYBRO on the 3rd October 2017, formerly of Stanmore Fire Station 20/9/88. Father of Mark and Phillip Whybro. Funeral

The Museum of Fire is requesting your assistance. Please see attached flyer on how you can help.


Some of you would be aware that whilst holidaying in Minsk, Belarus, Paul Rugg’s wife Clare was taken ill and sadly passed away. A Celebration of Clare’s life is to be held next Wednesday, 04 October 2017, details as follows; Date: Wednesday 04 October 2017. Time: 13:30 hours for 13:50 hours commencement; Location: The Rowers on the Cooks River, 1 Levey Street, WOLLI CREEK NSW. Drinks and canapes to follow the service.

After the recent mailout of the Newsletter and Invite we have received information that 3733 Neil ROSS passed away in Dec 2016 and that Hensley ( Peter) CLARKSON  passed away in Nov 2016.

Reminder-NSWFB Retirees Election for Committee 2017.
Committee Vacancies:- Information has been received from Dave Gardner, Bruce Johnson and John Davis regarding their desire to stand down from their positions on the Committee to take effect from the AGM in October. The work done by these three members has been tireless and their combined contribution will be sorely missed. See below for a brief outline of their service.  If you are interested in participating on the Committee please feel free to contact any member of the committee  Details

2017 Emergency Services Golf Day:
17th November 2017. Welcome to the 3rd annual Emergency Services Golf Day. Attached is the information and entry pack, and Hole In One Prize which has everything you need to know about putting your team in this year! 

Permanent Messages

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

I'd just like to remind members that if they have any old photos, or stories, they wish to publish on the web.  You can either download the photos yourself by making an account on the photo application, or, if that is too daunting, you can attach them to an email, or post them to me on a cd and I will place them on the web.  If you make an account on the photo application, please email me so I can authorise it!  Also, if you provide some info on the photographs I will add that too!     Barry Fiddler.

Dates Items Last Updated

Commissioner Corner 08/03/17
***  Funeral Notices 17/10/17 ***
In-Orders 11/10/17
Photo Gallery 11/10/17
  ***  Retirement Functions 16/10/17 ***
 ***  Social Events 16/10/17 ***