The panel is the responsible for regulating the rules that govern UFBA Challenges, selecting Officials and ensuring that Challenges run smoothly from a technical perspective.
Ces who is Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Amberley Volunteer Fire Brigade was elected to the Technical Panel in 2016. He has been strongly involved in all four of the UFBA Challenges since he joined the service a little over 25 years ago - as a competitor, coach and an official. A proud moment was receiving his National Waterways Challenge Medal, one he will never forget. The Technical Panel role is one Ces is extremely passionate about. Over the years Ces has been a firefighter, he has got much out of the UFBA Challenges and feels privileged to put something back into the events so competitors can continue to enjoy them. He considers his election as Convenor a true honour, given the credentials of the current national Technical Panel. It is a position he intends to take extremely seriously.
Alan was elected at the 2014 Conference in Tauranga. He is currently Chief Fire Officer of the Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade where he has served over 35 years. He has participated in Challenges, coached competition teams and judged Challenges at provincial and national levels. Alan has completed over 18 years service of the West Coast Technical Panel.
Shayne (Tua) Kennedy
Shayne (known as Tua), is currently the Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Silverdale Fire Brigade covering Silverdale and Manly Stations. From the day he started as a firefighter over 18 years ago, Tua has been involved with the activities and competitive challenges of the UFBA including: competing in Waterway, Road Crash Rescue and Drivers Challenges at local, provincial, and national level, assisting with set-up, judging and refereeing Waterway Challenges at local, provincial, and national level, reviewing rules and judging at Driving Challenges at local, provincial, and national level, reviewing rules and judging at Combat Challenges at provincial, and national level and representing New Zealand judging at Waterway Challenges in Australia. Tua has an intense interest in helping people succeed in whatever they pursue. He believes his wealth of experience with setting up, judging and assisting to run events has given him a solid platform which adds real value to the UFBA Technical Panel and ultimately the membership.
Mark brings over 33 years of volunteer firefighter experience and over 23 years as a frontline paramedic to the position. He has competed in Waterway, Road Rescue and Combat Challenges and has officiated at Combat, Driving and Road Rescue Challenges. Mark is an Australasian Road Rescue Assessor, a role he has had for over 7 years and has been a national Road Rescue Assessor for over 10 years. He has also assessed at the World Road Rescue Challenges in Upper Hutt and Clearwater, USA. Mark feels he can make a very positive contribution to the UFBA Technical Panel with his experience and knowledge of challenges. His main goal is to see more firefighters competing in challenges over the next four years.