About UFBA Events
Every year, the UFBA runs a variety of challenges and an annual conference.
Many of our members find great benefit in participating in Waterway, Road Crash Rescue, Combat, and Drivers Challenges. Each of these events is designed to help firefighters hone their skills in a competitive environment, while building camaraderie with other members of the fire and rescue community.
The Annual Conference is another opportunity for delegates from brigades throughout the country to exchange ideas and knowledge.
Our aim is to continue to grow participation in all of our events. We encourage brigades that have members interested in competing in a challenge to find out more through this website, or to contact the Events Team or Technical Panel with questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Annual Conference will take place in November and details on how to register will be available in due course through the Conference Page.
Visit the Challenges page of the website to see the list of upcoming events and find out how to register for each.
Visit the Officials page of the website to join the Officials Database for any of the Challenges that we hold. Registering your interest does not automatically guarantee a place as an Official at any event. Officials are selected by the Technical Panel prior to each event.
Visit the Challenges page to find out more information about equipment requests and download the necessary form.
Conference presentations are posted under the relevant event on the UFBA Conferences page one week after the conference. At the request of our speakers, presentations are not available prior to the conference.
As events come up for which we are seeking hosts, we'll post information on the Host an Event page. Generally, we request official proposals from prospective hosts. On the host an event page, you'll find all the details you need as well as templates to guide you in putting together your proposal.
An easy way of accessing the details of all of our upcoming events is through the Upcoming Events page.
The UFBA funds six (6) team members to each Challenge. Teams who wish to have additional people involved (managers, coaches, spares) will need to fund those people themselves.
The closing date for expense claims is advertised on the appropriate Challenge or Conference page. We impose deadlines to ensure we were able to manage our finances prudently and establish our final costs in a timely fashion. Late expense claims will not be accepted under any circumstances.
Alcohol is not reimbursed under any circumstances.
Mileage is calculated using Wises Online Maps, and is calculated from the centre of the departure town to the centre of the destination town. Please note that this is not door-to-door in most cases. Mileage will be paid at a rate consistent with NZFS policy on a per kilometre rate for surface travel. Mileage undertaken during the challenge or conference will not be reimbursed.