Emergency Preparedness and Management
12 November 2015 - the day before the UFBA 137th Annual Conference in Wellington from 13-15 November.
Wellington is sitting on a fault line and is a candidate for the ‘Big One’.
Geological evidence off the Wairarapa coast and fringing Cook Strait indicates highly damaging megathrust earthquakes are capable of generating a devastating magnitude 8.0+
Manfeild Park, Feilding
Need a reason to brush up your driving skills?
Participating in the annual UFBA National Drivers Challenge may be just the motivation you need to advance your ability at the wheel of an Iveco.
This Challenge running at Manfeild Park in Feilding from 21-22 August is your chance to network with other competitors from around
UFBA is currently looking for hosts for the following events
North Island Combat Challenge - preferred dates late November/December 2015
South Island Combat Challenge - preferred dates late November 2015 - January 2016
Region 1/2/3/4 Road Crash Rescue - preferred dates October 2015 - March 2016
National Road Crash Rescue - late April 2016
North/South Island Combat Challenge - late 2016
Region 1/2/3/4 Waterway -
Starting in the summer sunshine of Kamo in late January, the UFBA 2015 season finished in the slightly chillier winter sun of Cromwell in June.
In just four and a half months, we completed 10 events - with one more to go in August, this is the largest number ever in one year.
The year started with four Regional Waterways in
Seven teams from across the North Island competed in the North Island Road Crash Rescue Challenge on 16 May.
It was great to see some new competitors learning and growing at the event.
Hawera's experience shone through, as they took first place in nearly all events, picking up second for Best Medical Team and winning overall as the 2015 North Island
North Island and South Island Challange are confirmed and Registration will open April 10
Well done to all those who participated in the Central Otago Waterways competition last weekend, particularly those new teams who participated in their maiden event.
Congratulations to all recipients of prizes and trophies.
Download 2-person competition results here.
Download 4-person competition results here.
See Challenge Photo Gallery here.
Can you change your mindset? Keynote speaker, Dr Tom Mulholland, took delegates on a journey of his Healthy Thinking tool, entertaining them with medical and personal anecdotes along the way.
Try three of Dr Tom’s tools and see if you can become a healthy thinker...
Be emotionally fit
Take the stress out of difficult situations at your brigades and in your personal lives.
“We’re more likely to make mistakes if we don’t think healthily and manage our emotions,” Dr Tom said. “90% is how you deal with what happens to you and 10% is what you can’t control”.
Using an analogy of our brain being hardware and the mind being software he explained that “You can’t run good hardware if the software is corrupt.”
Is your life in balance? Are you getting enough sleep and the right nutrition to strike the right work, life, play balance? You need to focus on health and happiness to achieve emotional fitness.
Believe it or not, it’s exactly 10 years since the review of fire services began. It was in December 2004 that the then Minister, George Hawkins, issued a discussion document inviting stakeholders’ views about reforming fire services.
The latest episode in the ongoing saga was announced at the UFBA Conference by Minister of Internal Affairs, Peter Dunne. He advised that there’s to be further consideration before changes to fire services legislation are finalised. He wants to build on recommendations of the Fire Review Panel, gathering additional, updating, information which might enhance proposed legislation to make fire services fit for purpose in the 21st century.
He says there’ll be opportunity for further submissions before the new law is drafted… and he figures he has 3 years during this Parliament to get a Bill passed into legislation.
An unintended sub-theme emerged at Conference, with several references to rural firefighting. These mentions quickly came into sharper focus with an address to delegates by the new National Rural Fire Officer, Kevin O’Connor, who gave an updated overview of the rural fire scene. He began with the mission statement, worth repeating here, which extends operations way beyond attending just vegetation fires.
“… in conjunction with stakeholders, leading integrated fire services,
and supporting other emergency services for safer rural communities”