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.
Dame Margaret Bazley ONZ DNZM
Dame Margaret Bazley was made Patron at our 2014 Conference in Tauranga. She has extensive experience and knowledge of government as a senior public servant and was a former Chairperson of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission.
She has held the positions of Acting Chief Executive of the Department of Work and Income, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Policy, Director-General of Social Welfare, Secretary for Transport, and Deputy Chairperson of the State Services Commission. She is a former Chairperson of the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology ; a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and the Royal Commission into Auckland Governance, and Commissioner for the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct; Chair of the Fundamental Review of the Legal Aid System.
Alan joined Springfield Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1985 and transferred to Darfield in 1990 where he has held the position of Chief Fire Officer since 2010. He has served as President of Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigades' Association. Alan spent a term as a member of the UFBA Board from 2012-2014 and has many years’ experience in both governance and management roles. An advocate of strong leadership, he has been part of working parties and advocacy groups on behalf of the UFBA for a number of years.
Joe was elected as an Executive Officer at the 2016 AGM in Christchurch. In 2011, he was elected a member of the UFBA Technical Panel serving three of four years as Convenor establishing a strong network with brigades throughout the country. It also highlighted a world of constant change and the need to ensure this is managed and embedded in a proper manner. This tenure and current role as a Volunteer Support Officer in Area 25 (Southland), provides a strong appreciation of the topical issues that are common with volunteers.