Brigade delegates have the opportunity to vote for two Directors to join the Board, one Vice President and one Technical Panel member at the 138th AGM of the United Fire Brigades’ Association in Christchurch from 28-30 October.
Alan Kittelty was elected as Vice President at the 2015 AGM. Alan joined Springfield Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1985 and transferred to Darfield in 1990 where he has been Chief Fire Officer since 2010.
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.
He has served as President of Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigades’ Association. 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.
What have been the highlights of your time as UFBA Vice President?
Meeting member brigades and presentations of Gold Stars. Being involved with the UFBA Board in discussions, submissions and representations around the fire services reform.
What would you like to achieve in your time as an Officer of the UFBA?
Continue to represent the UFBA and meet as many member brigades and individuals as possible, listening to their concerns and assisting where possible. Be fully involved in the fire services reform process with the UFBA Board.
You are a graduate of our Leadership and Governance workshop. How does this programme benefit brigades and their communities?
This UFBA workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn from experts in their field and allows them to grow their leadership skills and understanding of governance. It provides positive learnings for their fire service, personal life and career. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to strengthen their professional development.
What are the advantages for brigade delegates attending Conference?
The opportunity to meet and network with like-minded people from across the country, hear fantastic keynote speakers, share ideas with others and understand UFBA’s direction and future plans. And it is funded for one delegate from each NZFS Brigade and NRFA Rural Fire Force that are members of the UFBA.
How do members benefit from UFBA representing their interests?
Being a UFBA officer is exciting and challenging as it is a time of change for all. The fire services reform is at the forefront of the areas UFBA is focusing on and it is vitally important we continue to influence the outcome of the reform in a positive way for our members.
The MOU between the UFBA and FRFANZ provides a very strong unity for urban and rural firefighters. The positive affirmation from Minister Dunne during the first reading of the new FENZ legislation shows the UFBA is a strong voice for us all.
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