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 2012-2017. 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.
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 16 years. Since 2009, she has been a representative on several NZFS training and sustainability committees. Between 2013-16, she was involved in training nearly 200 teenagers in risk awareness and emergency response skills. Judith has worked in secondary and tertiary education. In 2014 she won an NZFBI scholarship to visit Victoria (Aust) to study their youth programme. Over the past twenty years she has worked in research and advisory roles and developed communications for political, business, and community organisations including manuals, guidelines, summaries, media releases, columns and features. Her poems and stories have been published in anthologies.
Scott was appointed to the Board in 2017. Scott has been Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand for almost three years, during which time he was actively involved in the Fire and Emergency New Zealand transition work. Scott is an experienced Director, currently serving on several other Boards, works as a consultant to a US democracy think tank and is an active volunteer in his Wellington community.
Warren was elected to the Board in 2017. He is a Senior Firefighter from Ashburton Volunteer Fire brigade with 15 years’ experience as a volunteer achieved in Akaroa which he joined in 2001 when he was the Bank Manager in the town, followed by a move to Kaikoura brigade in 2003 before settling in Ashburton in 2005. He has been a competitor/official in many competition formats at regional and national levels and wants to give back to other brigades. Warren has served as President of the Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigades’ Association, is a change support champion and a Fire and Emergency NZ volunteer working group member. He is an Asset Finance specialist and has completed 30 years in banking with commercial lending, facilitation, negotiation and people management skills acquired in many different roles over the years with BNZ.