Volunteerism: Celebrating the lifeblood of New Zealand. Its Volunteer Week!

Posted on 18th June 2018

Hello everyone, 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

MVA car vs Power Pole Upper Hutt - 11th June

Posted on 15th June 2018

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 You can read about it on stuff by clicking here

Sod-Turning Ceremony at the site of our New Station

Posted on 14th June 2018

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

Member featured in Fire and Emergency promotional video

Posted on 14th June 2018

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!

Bill’s Blog: reviewing H&S at Work Act and Crimes Act

Posted on 8th June 2018

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

Beacon – FENZ new ideas-sharing platform

Posted on 6th June 2018

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

Congratulations to Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients

Posted on 5th June 2018

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

Update on firearms training proposed at 55 volunteer fire stations

Posted on 29th May 2018

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

UFBA/FRFANZ submission on proposed Local Advisory Committee boundaries

Posted on 22nd May 2018

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

UFBA consulted by Volunteering NZ for submission on volunteer tax rebates

Posted on 11th May 2018

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

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