It is with sadness, the UFBA acknowledges the death of Frank Hardy OBE, QFSM on 15 September 2017, aged 96.
Frank was a UFBA Life Honorary Member, a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Past President of the Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigades’ Association and a New Brighton Volunteer Fire Brigade Life Honorary Member.
After immigrating to New Zealand in 1949, Frank joined the Christchurch Metropolitan Fire Brigade. He served there for 12 years, attaining the rank of Station Officer.
Frank moved to Dunedin Brigade as Chief Fire Officer in 1961 and then returned to Christchurch Brigade as Chief in 1968.
The inaugural Fire Service Commission was headed by a public servant, Sir Jack Hunn. Frank was approached by the Minister of Internal Affairs in 1974 about becoming a Fire Commissioner. He was appointed as one of the first two uniformed Fire Commissioners in 1975 and served in that position until his retirement in 1982.
Frank was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in 1971 in recognition of his service and made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1980.
At the 2016 UFBA Conference in Christchurch, Frank captivated the 400 attendees with an engaging address at the age of 95 years old.
Frank was acclaimed with a standing ovation by delegates. See more about his stories of his service here
Frank was invited by Fire and Emergency New Zealand to attend the Day One celebrations of the new organisation in Ashburton on 1 July 2017. He is pictured with UFBA Chair Rick Braddock and UFBA Past President and Benevolent Fund Chair Alan Cockburn QFSM, JP.
A guard of honour from retired and current fire and emergency services personnel sent off Frank at his funeral at Westpark Chapel in Burnside on 22 September. He was carried out on the No. 1 fire engine, which he rode on numerous times during his service in Christchurch.
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