Our country has a land mass like the United Kingdom but with a very low population. Merely ½ the population of London and ¼ that of New York, “we box well above our weight”. Despite the many challenges fronted by New Zealanders, we live reasonably well by any measure. How is this so? A strong
On a very wet and windy evening HWOSU were paged to an incident where a car had crashed into a power pole causing over 500 homes to lose power for most of the night
Our members were tasked with road closure, traffic and crowd control
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After many years of planning, discussing and delays, we're very excited at the prospect of a new fire station!
Remutaka Fire Station (taking on board the spelling change for Rimutaka that was announced last year) is being built on Park St, just down the road from our current station. Yesterday, members of our Unit were amongst those who witnessed
This week, Fire and Emergency launched new promotional content on their Youtube channel, highlighting the value to employers in employing and supporting Volunteer Firefighters.
QFF Mark Foster is featured in the latest video, check it out!
It’s been a very busy month so far between the roadshows that started in the far south and many meetings and workshops with our partners at FENZ.
We’re working on ongoing reviews to two Acts at present to protect the interests of our large volunteer membership. Firstly, the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, which is
FENZ have launched an ew initiative called Beacon. It is an online platform for all FENZ personnel to share ideas to help improve Fire and Emergency NZ, regardless of where in the organisation they are. Beacon will also allow firefighters and operational volunteers to collaborate with colleagues and solve challenges together through commenting and voting. Ideas for future challenges
We’re very proud to see UFBA Deputy Chairman of the Board and CFO of Alexandra VFB Russel Anderson has received a Queens Service Medal for his services to Fire and Emergency NZ in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours. CFO Russell has been a volunteer firefighter since 1989 and joins a list of other deserved firefighter recipients including
As you are aware there were concerns amongst some brigades that the UFBA along with Fire and Emergency NZ and Police signed the recent Memorandum of Understanding regarding firearms training at volunteer fire stations without prior consultation. The signing was towards the principle of the potential use of fire stations but only dependent upon direct consultation and agreement by each
Following consultation with our members the UFBA has submitted a response to Fire and Emergency NZ’s proposed setting of boundaries for sixteen Local Advisory Committees to match those already established by Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM).
LACs will represent a local perspective to the Board of Fire and Emergency NZ to help influence national strategy, address local
By invitation, Volunteering New Zealand has made a submission to the Tax Working Group (on 30 April 2018) regarding making changes to the tax system to benefit volunteers and volunteering. A key recommendation is to give real consideration to the implementation of a ‘Volunteer Tax Rebate’.
The UFBA under our Memorandum of Understanding with Volunteering NZ was consulted to input