Message from George Verry, Chief Executive Officer
Minister Dunne introduced legislation today to modernise New Zealand’s fire services by setting up a single organisation responsible for urban and rural fire services.
See the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill at www.dia.govt.nz/Fire-Services-Transition
In my message to members Fire services reform: Our key areas of focus, published on our website yesterday 29 June, I advised the UFBA would urgently:
a) Seek to establish a Memorandum of Understanding with the NZFSC Board to cement formally the role of UFBA as the representative advocate for the current membership, and
b) That having already clearly expressed our concerns of the potential implications of a ‘direct relationship’ between volunteer brigades and the new FENZ organisation at all levels, we would seek an early meeting with the Minister to convey and reinforce our members’ views on this matter.
I can confirm the UFBA Chairman and other representatives are meeting with the Minister on Monday 4 July.
We have been advised by the Department of Internal Affairs that they expect to release a Discussion Document on regulations to support Fire and Emergency New Zealand In the next few days.
The Fire Services Transition team is also having a Transition Seminar on Thursday 7 July. A number of UFBA representatives will attend this seminar.
We will continue to update you on the actions UFBA is taking to represent members’ interests during the fire services reform.
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