Urban fire brigades and rural fire forces have the first opportunity in 40 years to influence future fire services following the government’s announcement of a fire services review.
The UFBA will draw on the collective voices of over 500 member brigades and fire forces for its submission in response to the proposals announced on 27 May in the government’s Fire Services Review Discussion Document (PDF, 1.1MB)
Rural and urban volunteer firefighters make up 80 percent of New Zealand’s fire services.
UFBA Chief Executive George Verry says, “Volunteers know what they need to be sustainable and well-supported.
“They also have ideas for how fire services can be improved.”
The UFBA is determined to make a comprehensive independent submission based on its own consultation with volunteer brigades and rural fire forces.
A questionnaire on the discussion document options will be sent to all brigades by the UFBA. There will also be a number of one-on-one interviews. This information will be combined with research and international experience to form the UFBA submission on behalf of its members.
There will also be other opportunities for consultation coming up – including meetings with the Minister and with NZFS.
The UFBA urges its members to make the most of these opportunities to find out more and have their views heard.
For more on the Fire Services Review visit www.dia.govt.nz/Fire-Services-Review#3
27 May 2015
Download the Fire Services Review Discussion Document
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