In July 2016, UFBA and the Forest and Rural Fire Association (FRFANZ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to make sure urban and rural firefighters and their personnel had a single powerful voice during the transition of 40 organisations—including the National Rural Fire Authority (NRFA) and the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS)—to Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
By working closely together over the past year, UFBA/FRFANZ have effectively represented the interests of our members during the transition to ensure the best possible outcomes.
As part of our ongoing arrangement, the UFBA has also provided administration and financial support to the FRFANZ Executive to meet the needs of their members.
The positive ongoing relationship between the UFBA and FRFANZ gives us an exceptional opportunity to build on our collective strength. Both UFBA and FRFANZ will now ask members to consider a merger.
At the FRFANZ 2017 AGM in August, the FRFANZ Executive will ask their members to consider a proposal to merge their organisation with the UFBA. If this proposition is accepted, then the same proposition will be brought to UFBA members at the UFBA Annual Conference in October for consideration.
Should both memberships agree to merge, then the UFBA and FRFANZ Boards will work together to formalise this process. However, until then (and should either membership vote not to merge) there will be no change to services for both memberships.
Key elements of the change
(Provided the merger is confirmed)
- A Rural Subcommittee will be set up to represent and advocate for the needs of rural fire forces
- FRFANZ members will benefit from all UFBA member services including:
- Advocacy and support services
- Learning and Development—Leadership and Governance Workshops, Secretaries and Treasurers Workshops and New Zealand Fire Brigades’ Institute (NZFBI) Field Days
- Competitions and events
- Annual Conference
- Accident Assurance Scheme
- Benevolent Fund
- Regular updates on sector news including a monthly newsletter.
- The two current Service Honours systems—UFBA Service Honours and FRFANZ Rural Honours—will remain unchanged. However, the UFBA will manage FRFANZ Service Honours—we will run these alongside the UFBA Service Honours.
Additional points for consideration
- Our membership may want to consider a rural representative on the UFBA Board
- Between now and 1 July 2018, there will be no change to the UFBA membership model
- After 2018, if the merger is agreed upon, there will be some slight changes to the membership model to ensure we can capture the unique requirements of every brigade and fire force.
UFBA/FRFANZ Strategic Plan
These points align with the updated vision, purpose and goals of the UFBA/FRFANZ Strategic Plan as outlined here
Download the UFBA/FRFANZ Strategic Plan below
The UFBA/FRFANZ 2017 Strategic Plan summarises the main activities we will focus on over the next three years.
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