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Bill’s Blog - Mental health, merger and FENZ consultation

Posted on 10th September 2018

Mental health and wellbeing UFBA management are committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing and actively advocating to put the issues of mental health and safety in the workplace on the map. Raising awareness of and tackling the “stigma” around mental health is of prime importance through a range of interventions to tackle the issue. This is

FENZ Independent Workplace Review

Posted on 3rd August 2018

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

New Zealand teams claim victory at Australasian Rescue Challenge

Posted on 31st July 2018

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

2018 UFBA South Island Waterway Challenge

2018 UFBA South Island Waterway Challenge

Posted on 26th February 2018

UFBA South Island Waterway Challenge on 24 February was a great success

Having the big conversations about wellbeing

Posted on 23rd February 2018

UFBA Leading Psychological Wellbeing Workshop February 2018

Outstanding feedback on the Australasian Rescue Challenge!

Posted on 1st February 2018

Message from Bill Butzbach, Chief Executive Officer Hosted by the UFBA, the Australasian Rescue Challenge (ARC17) at Claudelands in Hamilton from 20-23 July 2017 was an outstanding success. Kiwi teams did us proud, taking out eleven accolades at the presentation dinner on Sunday night. The ARRO Executive conducted a survey of all teams at the Challenge to gauge their thoughts and

2018 UFBA North Island Waterway Challenge

Posted on 30th January 2018

2018 UFBA North Island Waterway Challenge

14th UFBA Leadership & Governance Workshop develops leadership skills

Posted on 15th January 2018

Around 220 personnel from around the country have now graduated from the highly valued UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop

2017 Australasian Firefighters Championship: Matamata Wins

Posted on 19th December 2017

Congratulations to the New Zealand teams for doing so well (it was a clean sweep!) at the Australasian Firefighters Championship in Carterton from 17-19 November with Matamata taking out first place overall.

Supporting the psychological wellbeing of our firefighters

Posted on 18th October 2017

As part of our commitment to supporting volunteers, the UFBA has invested considerable resource over the last year on developing a new Leading Psychological Wellbeing Workshop which focuses on the wellbeing of brigade members.

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