UFBA blog

Minister committed to advocating for firefighters within Government

Posted on 14th November 2019

Did you know the UFBA and FRFANZ maintain a close working relationship with Government advising on current issues and advocating for broader consideration of the sector to include volunteers? While we take a quieter approach – establishing a trusted and credible partnership – we believe change begins with conversations. That’s why we’re pleased to see the

FENZ review of Memorandum of Understanding with St John.

Posted on 29th October 2019

The recently reviewed MoU with St John had provision for all personnel to respond to more than purple calls eg red medical emergencies. We are advised by Fire and Emergency Deputy Chief Executive for Service Delivery Kerry Gregory that this provision will not be actioned until personnel are appropriately trained for the work and responsibilities. This is important so that

Funding review consultation

Posted on 24th October 2019

In March, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced a review into the way that Fire and Emergency is funded. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is leading the review and has released a public consultation document on different funding options that can be viewed here https://www.dia.govt.nz/firefundingreview. The consultation closes with DIA in early February 2020 so

The UFBA/FRFANZ provides Association voice through joint submission to FENZ

Posted on 21st October 2019

A big thank you to all who provided the fantastic feedback we received – a real variety of views but some common themes definitely shone through. We have tried to represent all views in the submission, as our members are all types of brigades. Some common themes were: that although Fire and Emergency has good intentions for unifying urban and

UFBA hosts agencies for further discussions on supporting psychological wellbeing

Posted on 18th October 2019

Today we hosted another special Associated Agencies Meeting. We carried on our previous discussion around psychological wellbeing for firefighters. Attendees came from UFBA, FRFANZ, FECA, Sports Council, Welfare Society, plus representatives from Fire and Emergency including Brendan Nally (Deputy Chief Executive - People), and firefighter Josh Darby, author of the Why We 360 report and Jim Ryburn, FENZ Welfare Officer from

Bills Blog: Presumptive legislation and psychological wellbeing

Posted on 9th October 2019

Presumptive Legislation and Psychological Wellbeing

UFBA leading on psychological wellbeing collaboration to finding solutions

Posted on 25th September 2019

While we acknowledge Mental Health Awareness week, this is not a subject that can remain confined to just seven days. These are conversations we need to have every week of the year (and not just the rainy ones during winter!). The UFBA is driving a workshop on psychological wellbeing, inviting our partners at the Associated Agencies to work in collaboration.

Bill’s blog: what we advocated for on the draft proposal

Posted on 23rd September 2019

Facts about UFBA’s sector advocacy for volunteers Our close relationship with FENZ meant we were asked to review the recently published consultation document on the proposed structure and approach to rank prior to its embargoed release.  Changes were made following our submission and you can now have your say direct to Fire and Emergency or contribute to

Further consideration being given to FENZ consultation

Posted on 27th August 2019

We’d like to share the announcement from FENZ Chief Executive Rhys Jones about the extension to the date for consultation on a proposed organisational structure and approach to rank and role. UFBA and FRFANZ submitted robust submissions on early draft proposals, on things that we knew would not sit well with you. We are pleased that FENZ have

Membership advocacy update

Posted on 23rd August 2019

In response to recent public commentary by some regarding rank and role, we want to assure our members that the United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA), Forest and Rural Fire Association NZ (FRFANZ) and Rural Professional Association (RPA), collectively part of the Partner Agencies that support the reform, are working in partnership with FENZ to advocate on your behalf. We

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