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Member representatives needed for existing working groups

Member representatives needed for existing working groups

Posted on 19th October 2020

There are vacancies for member representatives on two Fire and Emergency working groups as Glenn Williams, Immediate Past President, CFO Te Puke Fire Brigade has recently resigned. Local Planning/LAC Project Safety Health and Wellbeing Workstream Member representatives and the support groups that will work with them, need to have skills and experience relevant to the working group’s

Support needed for member reps on working groups

Support needed for member reps on working groups

Posted on 15th October 2020

Over the past month, the Membership Advisory Panel (MAP) has appointed member representatives to three working groups. Medical response (existing) Technical Competency Framework Type 3 Appliance Acquisition Project To support representatives on these working groups we are bringing together members with skills and expertise in these areas to review and collate feedback from members which the UFBA will gather. Each group

Is traffic management at incidents a safety issue for your brigade?

Is traffic management at incidents a safety issue for your brigade?

Posted on 14th October 2020

On 17 July 2020 Fire and Emergency NZ issued an instruction to operational personnel regarding traffic management at incidents. The UFBA has since been contacted by members who have raised concerns about its fitness for purpose. They argue that this instruction has effectively eliminated the most used function of the operational support unit. They note that, in a rural environment, the police

Proposed changes to the Technical Panel and Challenge Committee

Proposed changes to the Technical Panel and Challenge Committee

Posted on 9th October 2020

Following the introduction of the new Constitution passed by members, the UFBA is putting into place a new modernised policy around the role of the Technical Panel and Challenges Committee. The current Technical Panel Convenor and Events Manager have recommended changes to the current structure that have been endorsed by the Membership Advisory Panel (MAP). These are the following: Name

Consultation - Review of Fire and Emergency’s Aerial Appliance Strategy

Consultation - Review of Fire and Emergency’s Aerial Appliance Strategy

Posted on 8th October 2020

The last aerial appliance strategy informed the purchase of the 32 metre ‘Bronto’ aerial ladder platforms (type 5 and type 6) and heavy pump aerial appliances (type 4) nearly 20 years ago. Community needs and risk profiles have changed since then along with the number and diversity of incidents. A Bronto might not be of much use on a windswept scrub covered hill

Service Honours Alignment and Transition

Posted on 1st October 2020

Progress update 1 Central to a firefighter’s uniform are the personal awards worn with pride to show the individual’s years of service to the community. United Fire Brigade Association (UFBA) service awards were instigated in 1881. Forest and Rural Fire Association of New Zealand (FRFANZ) service awards have been issued for decades. With the merge of the two

UFBA membership representation on Fire and Emergency working groups

Posted on 30th September 2020

UFBA members represent the wider membership on a range of Fire and Emergency working, focus and reference groups. Members are invited to do this work based on their experience and expertise. Over the past few weeks, the Membership Advisory Panel (MAP) has been involved in identifying representatives for the Medical Response and Technical Competency Framework groups. Often the timeframe for

UFBA’s support sees Newlands brigade stay in Newlands

UFBA’s support sees Newlands brigade stay in Newlands

Posted on 18th September 2020

Newlands Volunteer Brigade and their north-Wellington community has been heard, the fire station is moving to a temporary site in Newlands. The fight’s not over just yet and the UFBA is committed to continue its support. In February,UFBA Director Brenda Pilott presented to a packed community hall on the clear need and desire by the community and

MAP update: Scheduling medical co-response training

MAP update: Scheduling medical co-response training

Posted on 16th September 2020

Members have been in touch with us through our Membership Advisory Panel (MAP) to raise their concerns about the current scheduling of medical co-response training and first aid training. There are two clear issues, one is around the operational response status of brigade members and the other the reasonableness of a Saturday training format. This matter isn’t straightforward,

MESSAGE FROM UFBA CHAIR RICHIE SMITH

Posted on 1st September 2020

Many of you would be aware that we are currently investigating two separate allegations from two volunteer firefighters involving the UFBA Chief Executive. It was alleged that these incidents occurred several years ago, and this matter is being fully investigated by an independent QC.  In the meantime, I have taken over Chief Executive duties while the complaints are investigated.

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