Message from George Verry, Chief Executive Officer
The Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Peter Dunne announced today that the Hon Paul Swain has been appointed as chair of the Board of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, with effect from 1 April 2016.
Mr Dunne said the sector is facing significant change as we build a fit-for-purpose, 21st century fire service capable of serving both rural and urban communities.
“Mr Swain brings an extensive knowledge of the fire services sector to the role, along with change management expertise,” he said.
The UFBA is delighted with the appointment of Mr Swain as Chair. He has a good understanding of the issues facing our fire services and, in particular, the matters that affect volunteer firefighters.
Of note is Mr Swain’s role as Chair of the 2012 Fire Review Panel that recommended changes to New Zealand’s fire services including to legislation, funding and the mandate regarding non-fire services brigades now provide.
This review contained 55 recommendations, ten of which were specifically around the volunteer sector. UFBA signalled our support of all the recommendations.
Now, with the Government signalling a new unified fire services organisation under the latest Fire Services Review, we look forward to working with Mr Swain and the new Board with further appointments expected shortly.
The UFBA thanks the Rt Hon Wyatt Creech for the contribution he has made to the sector while serving on the Commission for seven years. Mr Creech was appointed as Deputy Chair in 2009 and has been Chair since 2012.
See Mr Dunne’s full statement here
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