On 23 December 2017, Keith Nixon hung up his level twos as he retired following more than 43 years of active service as a firefighter.
After joining Petone Brigade on 28 November 1974, Keith later transferred to Lower Hutt Brigade where he has spent most of his firefighting career.
In his spare time, Keith is well known for his work as Chair of the New Zealand Firefighters Welfare Society, an organisation he helped to establish in its formative years. His demonstrated passion for this organisation and the people it serves has been outstanding.
Keith was also instrumental in establishing an Accord between the UFBA, Welfare Society and Firefighters Credit Union to collaborate for the common good of our members. Less well known is that Keith helped to establish an ‘Associated Agencies Forum'. He has been a great supporter of this Forum over the years.
Current membership of the Forum includes the UFBA, NZ Firefighters Welfare Society (NZFFWS), Forest and Rural Fire Association of New Zealand (FRFANZ), New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union (NZPFU), Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Fire and Emergency NZ Commanders Association (FECA), Public Service Association (PSA), Firefighters Credit Union and the Firefighters Sports Council.
The Forum is currently coordinated and chaired by the UFBA.
Keith intends to remain in an active role with NZFFWS for the foreseeable future. UFBA/FRFANZ convey the best of wishes for his semi-retirement and hope he gets more time to spend with his wife, four children and 13+ grandchildren.
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