The United Fire Brigades’ Association of New Zealand (UFBA) serves and represents the interests of 525 fire brigades and fire forces throughout the country, comprising more than 10,000 firefighters.
Our members consist of volunteer, paid, urban, rural, industrial and defence brigades, with 80% being volunteers. The UFBA is the only national organisation that unites and represents fire brigades of all kinds.
We recognise that our actions are the key to delivering excellent advocacy and support services to our members.
The UFBA Strategic Plan summarises the main activities we will focus on over the next three years to make sure members' needs are independently represented at a local and national level.
Our Vision: Better, more sustainable emergency services for New Zealand communities
Our Purpose: Providing effective advocacy and support services for our member brigades and their personnel
- Fit-for-purpose legislation
- Strong sustainable brigades
- New UFBA operating model
- Effective advocacy
Our Values: Community, Volunteerism, Independence, Integrity, Sustainability, Unity, Recognition
See more about our strategies and the work now underway to achieve our objectives at UFBA Strategic Plan
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:
- Providing advocacy and representation services
- Administering service honours
- Resolving disputes
- Managing firefighter challenges, training and conferences
- Providing exclusive firefighter apparel through the Fire Shop
- Administering the Benevolent Fund for members in times of hardship
- Administering the Accident Assurance Scheme to assist firefighters who become injured while undertaking approved fire brigade activities
- Arranging member discount benefits through retailers, hotels, and other service providers.
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:
- The context for our advocacy and the actions we will take
- Target audiences - who we will proactively advocate the interests of our members and promote the cause of volunteerism to
- Ethical principles - the standards we will follow to deliver effective advocacy
- Member consultation - we will consult members to ensure we accurately portray the position of a majority of brigades
- Effectiveness - we will periodically assess our advocacy programme and determine opportunities for improvement.
Find out more about our advocacy and support services for members - download:
UFBA 2014/15 Highlights of Advocacy, Events & Support Services (PDF, 1MB)
2014/2015 Annual Report (PDF, 3MB)