The theme of our Conference this year is Leading together—a crucial aspect in ensuring UFBA, FRFANZ and our members continue their major contributions to building safe, sustainable communities.
Four interactive workshops at Conference will provide delegates with ideas and resources on leading together in the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand environment—thereby building stronger brigades and communities.
1. Leading Positive Cultures – creating positive cultures in groups and teams: NZ Coaching and Mentoring Centre
Culture eats strategy for lunch! This well-known leadership maxim reminds us that no matter how effective a leader is or how brilliant the people are, if the culture is not right, it will always win.
This workshop looks at how to create positive cultures in teams that enable people to do their best work. It looks at:
- What makes or breaks team spirit
- The three elements that determine professional (rather than personal) trust
- What the neuroscience has discovered about trust in teams, and
- How to create the levels of trust and safety that are necessary for a high performing team.
Walk away with simple exercises you can use and a greater understanding of what builds or undermines trust in your team.
2. Leading a rescue response – a modified Mass Rescue Operation (MRO): Dave Greenberg
Dave Greenberg has over 40 years of experience in the emergency services, beginning as a junior fireman in his local volunteer fire department in New York City followed by volunteer stints as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in New York and Dallas, and then 25 years of service as a crewman on the Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Leadership in rescue response is critical to success and in this tabletop exercise, you can put tools you learn along the way into practice when thrown into an overwhelming rescue event.
3. Leading Psychological Wellbeing: Damian D’Cruz, MindSpring
Damian D’Cruz returns to introduce the UFBA’s new Leading Wellbeing in Brigades workshop. Damian will cover:
- How to have tough conversations.
- How to promote a culture of openness and acceptance to wellbeing issues, and
- Where to find the tools and the support for leaders and their teams when wellbeing concerns are raised.
4. Leading resilient teams and managing fatigue – helping your mates get home safe: Sarah Harmer, Vitality Works
Sarah Harmer (BSc) is a Wellbeing Specialist with Vitality Works and teaches workshops on Mental Health and Resiliency and Managing Fatigue to organisations throughout New Zealand.
She has a special interest in fatigue in emergency responders having had the responsibility over the last 3 years to report back to Fire and Emergency NZ on the overall health of firefighters in New Zealand from the results of annual health checks.
The interest is personal as well as professional having been married to an emergency worker who has been on-call 24/7 to respond to emergencies and disasters for over a decade.
In this workshop Sarah will discuss ways:
- To keep yourself and your colleagues safe from working while fatigued
- How to spot signs of fatigue
- The preventative measures you can take to look after yourself and your mates, and
- The recovery strategies critical to getting you back on your feet.
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