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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!

SOUTH REGION GET TOGETHER 2019:  Retired members from South Region, or living in the area, are invited to come and meet up with old friends and workmates at a BBQ to be held on Wednesday 21st August 2019. At No 21 Station, Gray Street (cnr Kensington Street) KOGARAH. Time: 10.30 hours – 14.30 hours. Come and enjoy a BBQ and refreshments with your old workmates and friends and meet up with the new breed of dedicated firefighters and view the new equipment. RSVP Wednesday, 14th August. Contact : Bill Powell Ph: 9583 2706 (Please leave message) Email: or Bruce Johnson Ph: 9417 2187. PLEASE NOTE : No Parking Available At Station. Details

Reminder: Central Coast BBQ:
On Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019 at 1100 hrs. Umina Fire Station, 55-59 Trafalgar Avenue, Umina. Food and drink will be supplied by the Fire Brigade. Please contact (Mick Ryan) on Ph.4324 4809 or 0438 244 803, or by email at to assist with catering. Details

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter Stanley HILL, formerly of Number 79 Station Ingleburn, on 21 June 2019. Funeral details will be distributed as they become available. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter Charles HEDGES formerly of Number 84 Station Macquarie Fields, on 20 June 2019. Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Firefighter James RODER (362005), formerly of 362 Station Lismore, on Friday 31st May 2019. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Deputy Captain Paul LEWIS (383002), formerly of 383 Station Morrisset, on Wednesday 19th June 2019. Funeral


Next Monday, 1st July, is the date for the next breakfast at Wamberal Surf Club, Dover Road, Wamberal, at 9.30 am. 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. The following day, 2nd July is when we are holding the Retired Firefighters BBQ. If you haven’t already indicated if you will be attending or not, please do so as soon as possible. Regards,
Mick Ryan

From Kel Mcnamara: As part of C/Supt Rick Griffiths send off on July 26th at the Bowlers Club in the city we are possibly looking to organise a bus from the Northern Beaches to the city and return. Anyone who may be interested in getting a seat on the bus can contact me direct. We just want to try and gauge numbers and hopefully work out a cheap option for everyone. The bus would probably leave 68 Narrabeen Fire Stn and have a pick up at 69 Dee Why Stn and maybe even 36 Crows Nest depending on interest. Cost would be approx. $10 each way. Thanks. 
Kel McNamara. (m) 0429691153

The Association has been advised of the passing of Alice Fay COOPER wife of Chief Superintendent Des Cooper (ret). Alice passed away on Thursday 20th June 2019. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Volunteer (Retained) Firefighter John SHORT of Number 391 Station Mullumbimby on 15 June 2019. Firefighter Short’s family are undertaking private funeral arrangements


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Senior Firefighter (3411 and 4062) Leonard (Lawrie) Alwin FERGUSON on 2 June 2019. Senior Firefighter Ferguson had two periods of service, retiring from NSWFB in 1979. Firefighter Ferguson has been privately cremated.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Deputy Secretary of the Board of Fire Commissioners Alf McGRATH. Mr. McGrath was the Director of Human Resources for the NSW Fire Brigades on his retirement. Mr. McGrath was the father of retired Senior Firefighter Ian McGrath and the father in law of retired Superintendent Ed Mednis. Funeral .

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Superintendent (1734) Keith HOLTON on Thursday 6 June 2019. Former Inspector Holton was a VIP guest at the 2018 Dubbo State Championships. Funeral

We have received information that 5831 Edmund Joseph SALSKI ex 802 Katoomba Comms passed away on 30/05/2019. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter John ELLIS, formerly of 203 Station Albury. Retained Firefighter Ellis is the father of retired Station Officer Guy Ellis. Funeral

Latest Commissioner's Orders 2019/11 


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of retired Retained Firefighter (389010) Leslie CAMERON, formerly of Number 389 Station Harden.

The next "E" District Reunion 4 (EDR4) will be held on Tuesday 15th October 2019 to be held at Club Redfern (Redfern RSL) commencing at 12 noon. All welcome to attend and you don’t have to be ex E district just turn up. Great way to rekindle old friends. For more information Contact Paul (Demi) Roussis 0434813131 or Peter McCoy 0405675416. Also there is a facebook group ‘NSWFB “E” District Reunion’ for those on facebook who would like to join for updated information. Thank you, Paul Roussis.

We have received a request from Marianne Robinson the daughter of 1855 Leslie Victor Ahearn who joined the brigade on 9th September 1955 and left in 1963. He was stationed both at No 13 Waterloo and also in the city in Castlereagh St. Leslie is turning 90 in August and Marianne is trying to find a photo of him in his uniform. He knows that there was a photo of him in the newspaper taken when they were fighting a fire which was the St Peters Ice Cream factory and he also thinks that there was a photo of him in a group in uniform when the Queen came past the fire station. Any help that anyone can provide would be welcome. Complete email and contact details.

Permanent Messages

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

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Commissioner’s Orders 05/06/2019
Photo Gallery 17/03/19
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