The New Zealand Fire Brigades’ Institute exists to promote the technical training of members
of brigades. Browse around this section to find out more about the NZFBI and its scheduled
field days, or to download useful information to help you prepare for your exams.
The UFBA is the national body representing and uniting fire brigades of all kinds
throughout the country. In this section, you’ll find out about our rich history, our
mission and vision, and the key people in the organisation.
The UFBA manages a full event schedule that includes four different firefighter challenges and an annual conference. In this section, you’ll find information on all the upcoming events and how to register, as well as reviews of past events. Be sure to check back regularly.
Being a member of a fire brigade or rural fire force takes substantial commitment and time. In this section, you’ll find out about the effective support services provided by the UFBA for member brigades and rural fire forces and their personnel.
Here you'll find the latest on what's happening with the UFBA, including the current issues we're working on. You can also browse our extensive image and video galleries.
UFBA Board of Directors
Rick Braddock was introduced as the Association’s new appointed Director at the Annual Conference in Taranaki and subsequently elected as Chairperson 2012-16.
He is well-qualified to lead the UFBA Board, with over 20 years experience in Chair and Director positions in local government, private enterprise and the agricultural industry.
Glenn was elected to the UFBA Board at the 2011 Conference in Invercargill and was re-elected in 2013 and 2015. He has been a volunteer firefighter for over 35 years and Chief Fire Officer of Te Puke Volunteer Fire Brigade for ten years. He is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Glenn now works as a business broker after 25 years business involvement.
Bill joined the Board as an appointed Director on 1 July 2013 and was reappointed for a further term from 1 July 2015. Bill has completed 39 years of service, starting on 2 February 1976, the year fire services were nationalised and the current Fire Services Act came into force. He has served in both volunteer and paid brigades, as Regional Manager and Commander for three of the eight former fire regions, and as Director, Strategic Development and Assistant National Commander at NZFS National Headquarters before leaving paid service in November 2012. Bill’s current role as CFO of Martinborough combined with national oversight via the UFBA and his significant experience, provides him with a full picture of issues confronting the sector, services and members, allowing him to view issues through many lenses.
Russell joined Port Chalmers Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1989 and transferred to Alexandra in 1996 where he is now Chief Fire Officer. He has served as President of the UFBA, President of Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigades' Association, President of the Central Otago Sub Association, has been a UFBA representative on the National Training Advisory Group and is an Associate Member of the NZFBI.
Judith was elected to the Board in 2016. She is a Senior Firefighter in Paekakariki, where she has been a member for 15 years. Judith has been a representative on the NZFS Training Standards Committee since 2009, and represented volunteer interests on several NZFS volunteer sustainability forums. She is also part of a small team responsible for training nearly 200 teenagers in risk awareness and emergency response skills as a means of supporting workforce sustainability and diversity in the emergency response sector. She has spent ten years working in Parliament in research and advisory roles and is currently an independent project manager and technical writer.