The UFBA would like to sincerely thank all fire brigade members for their service and commitment to the fire service, your community and country.
We keep records for all individuals belonging to every member brigade - over 10,000 people - and award service honours based on these records as follows:
3 Year Certificate
5 Year Medal
7, 9, +2 years up to 23 Years, Silver Bar
25 Year Gold Star
27, 29, +2 years up to 49 Years, Gold Bar
40 Year Certificate
50 Year Medal
52, 54, +2 years, Gold Bar
See recent 50 Year and Gold Star medal recipients here.
There is a Service Honours application process, so remind your CFO or Secretary to download and submit the relevant form below to our Service Honours Administrator at least two months prior to the presentation date.
Nominations are welcome for the rare UFBA Valour medal. The medal is probably one of the rarest medals of its kind in the world having only been presented four times since its inception in 1880. The first to J. Robb of Dunedin in 1882, then to T. Thompson of Wanganui in 1891, A.Ashworth of Alexandra in 1908 and S.Shadbolt of Christchurch in 2014.
Applicants must be from a member brigade who exhibits 'exceptional personal courage saving or attempting to save human life, and may have placed his or her own life in danger at any fire, emergency or other fire brigade operation'. Download and submit the relevant form below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q » What's the process for applying for service honours?
Download the relevant form from this webpage, the CFO/DFO completes and submits at least two months prior to the presentation.
The UFBA checks the eligibility of every recipient. If there is a discrepancy in the service record, a formal letter will be requested detailing the necessary changes and signed by the CFO/DCFO, before making any amendments to the record of the member.
If there are no changes and the UFBA records match that of the brigades, then the UFBA proceeds with the order and sends an invoice to the brigade.
Orders are processed once payment is received, the order is released and sent directly from our jeweller to the brigade.
Q » Our brigade has a Gold Star presentation coming up. How do we arrange for a UFBA representative to make the presentation?
When planning Gold Star and 50-Year service presentations, keep in mind that the UFBA requires at least six months notice to organise presenters.
You should notify the UFBA of your upcoming Gold Star or 50-Year Service presentation by sending a letter to the Chief Executive Officer at PO Box 56079, Tawa, Wellington 5249.
It is the perrogative of the UFBA President to attend the Gold Star functions or appoint another appropriate representative. If there is a request from the brigade for a particular person to present their Gold Star, it must be approved by the UFBA President. Either the President or Vice President must attend a 50-year medal presentation.
Download the 'Protocols for UFBA Gold Star Presentations' document below.
Q » What is the correct way to wear the medals?
Service Honours Price List January 2014
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Service Ribbon Bar Application
3 Year Certificate Application
Silver & Gold Bar Application
5 Year Service Medal Application