I have spent lot of time out and about in my first month in the new job as Chief Executive Officer and it’s pleasing to see and feel such a good vibe out there. For those of you have taken the time to give me a call and talk about the happenings in your part of the country, thank you! This type of feedback is invaluable.
There seems to be a good general understanding that the reform process in our sector is only just beginning. While the lead up to 1 July was a busy time for many, there is so much more to do and more opportunity for more of you to get involved. The next three years is when the ‘rubber will really hit the road’.
Why should you get involved? Well, if you don’t, someone else will do all of the thinking for you and the results might not be as good as they could have been with your input.
How can you get involved?
Keep an eye out for opportunities on our website, participate in our online surveys, register to get the UFBA E-News, register your interest in specific topic areas by email to the UFBA team, or just share a good idea. You can find our contact details here.
If you have the will to get involved, we have the means to connect you up. Remember, you are the UFBA. It’s your Association and its here to work for you.
Our relationship with the Forest and Rural Fire Association (FRFANZ) has continued to flourish since we entered into a partnership via the Memorandum of Understanding in July 2016.
The UFBA Office has been supporting the FRFANZ Executive with their daily administrative needs and this is working well.
We have much in common with FRFANZ. Our respective Associations provide benefits that are difficult to replicate elsewhere:
- A sense of community
- Personal interaction with like-minded individuals
- A way to participate and contribute within the industry.
We have previously signalled our plans to amalgamate the two organisations - find out more here
Last week FRFANZ held its 30th AGM at their Annual Conference.
An historic motion was put to the meeting that the members give the FRFANZ Executive the power to proceed with a merger of the operations and services of FRFANZ with the UFBA and should this proposal be accepted by the FRRANZ membership, the UFBA would consult with their membership, and if all agree, a merger will take place in early 2018.
The motion was passed with unanimous support.
The UFBA has a very broad membership base that comprises 537 Members:
- 388 Volunteer Brigades
- 47 Volunteer Rural Fire Forces
- 77 Career Urban Brigades
- 3 Fire and Emergency NZ Communication Centres
- 7 Operational Support Units
- 4 Airport Authority Brigades
- 6 Defence Force Brigades
- 5 Industry Brigades
FRFANZ also has a broad-based membership from within the rural fire industry comprising forestry contractors, forest companies, Rural Fire Managers and Voluntary Rural Fire Forces (VRFF).
Of approximately 180 VRFF units, 133 are FRFANZ members. Of the 47 VRFF that are members of the UFBA, 26 of them have dual membership.
A merger will provide significant benefits to the strength of our respective Associations. We look forward to talking to you about the merger in the lead-up to our AGM and Conference in October.
11 August 2017
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