An independent review into Fire and Emergency NZ workplace policies, procedures and practices to address bullying and harassment has now started. Retired Judge Coral Shaw will lead the review supported by a reference group including sexual violence advocate Louise Nicholas, Samantha Turner (Partner at Simpson Grierson), Dr Carol MacDonald (Researcher) and Mike Freely (Independent mediator).
UFBA CEO Bill Butzbach recently
We are delighted that New Zealand teams from volunteer brigades have claimed victory this year over competitors at one of Australasia’s leading international challenges – the ARRO Australasian Rescue Challenge.
The event held in Warragul, Victoria, 26-29 July, saw 18 teams from three countries (Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong) compete in a number of scenarios designed to replicate
Barely a week has gone by since the Macaulay Metals call last Thursday, and Seaview has again played host to a major blaze.
This time it was the Chair Solutions building on Hutt Park Road, and the fire was quickly escalated through multiple alarm levels, with a 5th alarm ultimately transmitted.
Our friends from Wainuiomata were part of the initial
This morning saw members respond to a large blaze at a metal recyclers in the Lower Hutt suburb of Seaview.
Massive clouds of toxic smoke were billowing across Seaview and Point Howard as a result of a fire in a scrap metal pile, featuring old refrigerators. 1 person was transported to hospital with smoke inhalation.
Stuff has a detailed report including
In the early hours HWOSU were turned out to a 2nd alarm house fire in Taita.
The house was well involved with crews assisting from all over the Hutt Valley.
Our members assisted with traffic and crowd control and canteen supplies.
In the horrible winter weather HWOSU were paged to power lines down across the road and one house.
We were tasked with road closure, lighting and scene safety so that the Power Authority would work on getting the lines back up onto the power pole
Rebecca attended a 2-day Operational Support training course in Rotorua at the National Training Centre where you are put through your paces with all sorts of exercises and events to test your knowledge both in theory and practical.
After a very busy and tiring weekend Rebecca passed with flying colours - Congratulations!
Later in the chilly evening HWOSU were paged to a 2nd alarm house fire in Kelson. The garage suffered alot of damage but was brought under control quickly by fast working firefighting crews who managed to save the house
Our unit was tasked with assisting the Command unit with communications with fire safety and crowd control
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On Saturday 16th June some our female members attended an Area 15 WFENZ get together meeting held at Greytown station in the Wairarapa. These are held within each area throughout the country for women to offer support, promote and facilitate the participation and success of women in Fire and Emergency roles within New Zealand.
It was a very successful day connecting
Last week we mentioned our work on reviewing changes to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. The Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill proposes that Associations “that employ a person or persons for not greater than 100 hours per week.” will be granted exemption from H&S legislation.
Another issue is that while an