Strengthening leadership and governance
The latest UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop was held in October—100 per cent of respondents to a satisfaction survey rated the content of the course and the delivery by the two presenters and their engagement as excellent/above average.
All would recommend the workshop to their brigade members or other brigades.
Key UFBA strategy
A key objective in the UFBA Strategic Plan is to build strong and sustainable brigades.
Chief Executive Officer George Verry says promoting and providing leadership and governance development is just one of the strategies the UFBA has put in place to achieve this objective.
“Strengthening leadership and governance skills leads to the successful operation of brigades,” George says.
“Leadership is a quality that every firefighter can demonstrate in their brigade and in their personal life.
“The UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop is the ideal course to enhance vital life skills.”
To continue to grow the level of leadership resource, the tenth UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop took place in Wellington from 6-8 October bringing the total number of graduates to 153 personnel around the country.
As well as strengthening skills in brigades, workshop graduates are also providing an excellent consultancy resource for UFBA advocacy processes.
“The Leadership and Governance Workshop is definitely beneficial to anyone wanting to develop or enhance their leadership skills. It provides skills that will assist in dealing with staff and the public we serve. I would recommend this to all Fire Service personnel.”
Bradley Quinn, Glenbrook Industrial Fire Brigade
Fire services reform
George says many graduates have made themselves available to help out with our member consultation during the fire services reform.
“Their leadership and guidance makes a major contribution to the tremendous response we get from both brigades and individuals when gathering feedback.”
UFBA/FRFANZ are now working in partnership with the FENZ Transition Team on co-design proposals relating to the fire services reform.
“To achieve the best outcomes for our members and communities we plan to call on Leadership and Governance workshop graduates for their assistance when necessary,” George says.
The UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop connects and engages firefighters from across the country as well as enhancing their skills and knowledge.
“I urge all brigades who are members of UFBA—volunteer, paid, urban, rural, defence or industrial—to consider making nominations,” George recommends.
“I feel the UFBA Leadership and Governance course was extremely beneficial and the information I have taken away from it can be used in everyday life, not just Fire Service related.”
Kerri Pring, Kirwee Volunteer Fire Brigade
UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop Graduates October 2016
Left to right: Tom Rahui (Glenbrook Industrial/Howick), Damian D’Cruz (Presenter), Michael Burr (Ngunguru), Rosie Baker (Kaitaia), Phillip Mackay (Fairlie), Katelyn Polkinghorne (Waitara), Robbie Boyd (Woodend), Michael Tovine (Maungaturoto), Rex Wilson (Paihia), Graeme O’Dea (Greymouth), Shayne Robinson (Woodend), Antony Pedersen (Mangonui), Kerri Pring (Kirwee) and John Klaphake (Wellington Operational Support). Inset: Bradley Quinn (Glenbrook Industrial) and Tim Connell (Takaka)
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