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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 Association has received information of the passing of Fay SELBY on the 24/07/2017. Fay was the wife of the late Retired Station Officer Alan SELBY. For further information contact Ray Kelly on 0458 68 7765. Information regarding the funeral will be forwarded when available.

From: Roger Bucholtz Re- Bob Smith update. All, I have spoken to Bob today and he is feeling slightly better, and hoping to go home on Wednesday. He is still recuperating from the surgery, and as he said, "There are many people worse off than me". A really good attitude. Roger.


From:-Roger Bucholtz Re- Illness Stan Grunsell.
All, Just spoke to Stan he has been in hospital for a few weeks and is now home recuperating. He is confined to home at present as he is not permitted to drive for a month. If you wish to talk to him his number is 9489 6109. Roger.

from Paul Tattersall a retired firefighter with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. Details.

We have received information of the passing of 2357 S.F Rowley HOLDER on the 14th of July 2017. No other details are available.

Inorders 2017/14 received. 

We have been contacted by an Angela Brown a Casting Producer currently working for Breakthrough Media, a London & Sydney based Media & Communications production company. She is casting for a new National Online TV Series & looking for people, aged "Over 50", who love to chat, have a laugh & would like to know how to either Email, Skype, Facebook, Online Shop, Online Bank, or use the Internet. There would be a fee paid to people chosen. Attached is a Flyer with contact details.

Reminder: South Region Annual Get Together 2017
at 21 Station Kogarah, cnr Gray & Kensington Streets Kogarah on Thursday 24th August 2017, from 1030 to 1430 hours. Please contact Bill Powell on (02) 9583 2706 or Bruce Johnson on (02) 9417 2187. Please RSVP by 18th August 2017 to assist with the catering.   Flyer  

E District Reunion: A reunion for E district members is being organised for Monday October 9th 2017 at Club Redfern (Old Redfern RSL). Starting at 10 AM to 6PM. Last year was a great success and we are aiming to make this an annual event. The reunion is open to ex E district and any other people interested in attending. Anyone with facebook who would like to be added to our group can find us as the NSWFB “E” District Reunion page. It is a closed group, just request to be added and you will be included to the group. Further information please contact Paul Roussis on 0434813131 or Peter McCoy on 0405675416. Thank You, Paul Roussis.


Dave Gardner  is in Liverpool Hospital following a fall at Mounties Club on Monday. He tripped in the Gymnasium in the Morning and was taken to Liverpool Hospital with an injury to his Left Hip. He had a Metal Plate and Screws fitted to a Fractured Pelvic Bone on Wednesday. Bruce Johnson spoke to him this afternoon, Thursday, He indicated there was pain and difficulty in moving and being able to be comfortable, but he was his normal self and told a couple of jokes. There is no indication as to how long he will be in the Hospital, but it is expected he will  have to go for Physio treatment when he is let out. Details for contact and visiting are – Liverpool Hospital located Elizabeth St and Goulburn St Liverpool. Visiting Hours 8-00 AM – Till 8-00 PM Every Day . Dave’s location Bed 6 – Ward – 5 D. Telephone Contact – 8738 – 3000. Ask for patient and you will be put through to his connection

Date for your diary: NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon: Wednesday 18th October 2017
to be held at 'Club York' 99 York St. Sydney. Invites will be posted later to those who have elected to receive mail.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Retained Firefighter Max CORBY (271013), formerly of 271 Station Crookwell on 27th June 2017. Funeral

Retired Superintendent Robert ( Bob ) SMITH (Assistant Commissioner in today’s rank structure) is suffering from a serious illness. No visitors or phone calls at this time. All enquiries to Assistant Commissioner Mal Connellan, Director People and Culture or Superintendent Peter Stathis, Zone Commander ME1.

FBEU 2017 REX THRELFO ANNUAL TOAST: Join 400 members, serving and retired on 18 July 2017 for what has become the premier social event of the year for NSW firefighters - the Union’s Rex Threlfo Annual Toast. Members who retired over the preceding 12 months will be our guests of honour for an afternoon short on speeches and big on comradery. If you make it to only one send off this year, make it the Threlfo Toast. Tickets are limited and cannot be purchased on the day. Ticket prices include drinks and canapés. Great value and good company. 

WHERE: Doltone House, Hyde Park, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.
WHEN: Tuesday 18 July, midday to 4pm.
DRESS: Smart casual (collared shirts, no thongs or shorts please)
TICKETS: $45 - FBEU members & Retired members, $85 – others

Get your tickets here -  Or visit the Union's web site-
Contact your State Committee representative or the Union office for more info.

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

Captain Garry STEWART of 441 Station Sawtell suffered a sudden medical illness on Friday 23/06/2017 and was flown to John Hunter Hospital. He returned home on Tuesday and is currently recovering well. Garry would welcome phone calls on 0418 653 826.

The Association has received information from Mr Steve Smith that his father Retired Senior Firefighter 1224 Joseph James Francis (JJ) SMITH passed away on Thursday 8th June 2017. His Funeral was held on Friday 16th June 2017.

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Retired Retained Firefighter Alfred James HARDMAN formerly of 381 Station Moree on Monday 19th June 2017. Alfred had 40 years service. Funeral

The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of Chris FRASER (29615) retired, formerly a Transport Assistant in Fleet Operations and Championships.  

There will be no funeral for Chris Fraser as per his request. Cards can be sent to 43 Lakkari Street, Coutts Crossing NSW 2460

51 Photos of the Central Coast NSWFB Retirees Reunion held on 13th June 2017 added to
Photo Gallery.

Retired 401 Narromine Captain Robert Hawkins recently suffered a serious health event. Former Captain Hawkins underwent an intense medical procedure last week in Strathfield Private Hospital, where he is still recovering.

NSWFB Retirees Election for Committee 2017. Details

NSWFB Retirees Cloth Badge
now available for purchase. Details

FIRE INVESTIGATION & RESEARCH UNIT 30th Anniversary Function. Please join us in celebrating 30 years of Fire Investigation and Research at FRNSW. We would love to see all who’ve been involved with the Unit over the years and have lived to tell the tale! THURSDAY 24TH AUGUST 2017 – 1900 HRS, Details

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 before the next Committee meeting on 11/07/2017.

Parramatta NSWFB Retirees Annual Luncheon 2017. Friday 3rd November 2017.

Permanent Messages

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.

Email from the Commissioner concerning possible contamination issues due to old AFFF foam. Email

Letter From Roger Bucholtz Re: Defined Benefit Income. Letter

The Museum of Fire is the heritage research partner for Fire and Rescue NSW and assists the Brigade in preserving its history. As part of the Museum’s partnership with FRNSW we compile and produce the historical booklets and slideshow for Station Centenary Celebrations and new Station openings. To assist with the production of these historical pieces the Museum of Fire needs your help to bring the spotlight on the stations listed below! If you have any photographs or information about the following Stations; or if you know anybody associated with the following stations please contact the Museum of Fire. Station Celebration Dates: 073 Fairfield (now Yennora) 2nd February 2016 , 302 Glen Innes 6th February 2016, 038 Pyrmont 13th February 2016, 081 Windsor 16th February 2016. 
Contact:- Mark White AFSM OAM. Executive Chairman, Museum of Fire, 1 Museum Dr, Penrith NSW, 2750|PO Box 400, Penrith NSW, 2751. P: +61 2 4731 3000. M: 0418 402 478. (Int) +61 418 402 478. F: +61 2 4731 2983. 
E: |W: DROPBOX to upload large files to me.

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

Go2 Travel is offering generous discount to Firefighters serving and retired and also to families and friends. Info.

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 24/07/17 ***
*** In-Orders 21/07/17 ***
Photo Gallery 13/06/17
*** Retirement Functions 21/07/17 ***
*** Social Events 21/07/17 ***