Who we are

The United Fire Brigades’ Association of New Zealand (UFBA) serves and represents the interests of 543 fire brigades and fire forces throughout the country, comprising more than 12,000 firefighters. 

Our members consist of volunteer, paid, urban, rural, industry and defence brigades, with 80% being volunteers. The UFBA is the only national organisation that unites and represents fire brigades of all kinds.

Our Strategy 
What we do 
Advocacy Charter
Our work in brief


In July 2016, UFBA and the Forest and Rural Fire Association (FRFANZ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to make sure urban and rural firefighters had a single powerful voice during the transition to Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

By working closely together, UFBA/FRFANZ have effectively represented the interests of our members during the transition to ensure the best possible outcomes.

As part of our ongoing arrangement with FRFANZ, the UFBA has also provided administration and financial support to the FRFANZ Executive to meet the needs of their rural fire force members.

The positive ongoing relationship between UFBA and FRFANZ gives us an exceptional opportunity to build on our collective strength.

2017 Strategic Planning

With the aim of taking a collaborative approach to the activities we will focus on over the next three years, the UFBA invited FRFANZ to attend our 2017 strategic planning session.

The planning session proved a constructive time to clarify the issues facing our organisations and our members, set our future direction and, most importantly, develop clear goals to meet our refocused Vision of Safe sustainable communities.

To deliver advocacy and support to our emergency services members that will enable them to provide highly-skilled contributions to the health and safety of the communities they serve, we have established six key goals:

For more details of the principles underpinning these broad goals, download the UFBA/FRFANZ Strategic Plan below or visit UFBA/FRFANZ Strategic Plan

What we do

We advocate for our members on key topical issues and work to represent their best interests.

To add value for our members, we continually strive to improve and expand our service offerings. These include:

Advocacy Charter

UFBA was established expressly to represent and promote the interests of member fire brigades and fire forces.

Advocacy is the key to fulfilling this objective.

To set out the enduring high level principles we will follow to deliver effective advocacy, we have established a UFBA Advocacy Charter.

The principles include:

Our work in brief

To find out more about our advocacy and support services for members download below the:


UFBA/FRFANZ Strategic Plan 2017

The UFBA/FRFANZ 2017 Strategic Plan summarises the main activities we will focus on over the next three years.

Download File (pdf, 114KB, last modified June 14 2017)
2017 Annual Report
Download File (pdf, 3MB, last modified November 02 2017)
2017 UFBA Annual Report Advocacy Extract
Download File (pdf, 159KB, last modified January 19 2018)
UFBA 2016/17 Highlights of Advocacy and Support Services
Download File (pdf, 2MB, last modified November 02 2017)
UFBA Advocacy Charter
Download File (pdf, 175KB, last modified February 26 2017)

Remit 2 passed – new Constitution to be adopted!

Click here to view the information and documentation on the new UFBA Constitution passed at November's AGM.


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