Get set for Waterways...
The 2015 Waterways season kicks off in January. With four regional Challenges leading up to the National finale, it’s time to get involved and get training now!
Our Waterway Challenges are a UFBA tradition dating back as far as 1885. They’re a great opportunity to put your hose-running and pump-operating skills whilst experiencing the thrill of a competition.
Enter two teams - the UFBA funds one two-person and one four-person team from each brigade to attend the Regional Waterway Challenge in their region and the National Waterway Challenge.
The Carterton team have won three out of the last four National Challenges. Last year, Balclutha’s four-person team and Darfield’s two-person team were the 2013 National Waterway Champions. Can your brigade rise to the challenge and win in 2015?
Watch out for the registration information that will be sent to all brigades mid-October and available on this website. Registrations open at the end of November.
Tom Reid from the UFBA Technical Panel has competed in Waterway Challenges for the last 24 years. Here he shares some tips...
We have a packed schedule for you for the UFBA Conference in Tauranga from 31 October - 2 November. Come and learn about the latest in the fire and rescue industry, have a vote on the issues that matter to your brigade and celebrate your hard work with other brigades across the country.
The role of firefighters is continually evolving and changing. We see how brigade members are expected to have a wide range of personal tools to assist with fire duties. These skills are far reaching - from basic administration, to leadership and sometimes complicated Human Resource skills.
The UFBA recognises your changing needs and so, new to the Conference this year, we’ve arranged an inspiring line up of workshops. Come and be entertained and educated on topics that are relevant to you. ‘Sustainability’ is the theme of this year’s Conference and will be the basis of the workshops. Based around how to better manage the firefighting environment, through mental and physical health, you will come away with lifelong tools to apply in everyday sitations, both at home and at work.
Over 70 people took part in this year’s September 11 Memorial Climb in Auckland, arranged by Tony Scott from Auckland Airport Brigade. Now in its sixth year, the stair climb honours and remembers all firefighters, both in New Zealand and overseas, who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The stair climb mirrored stair events taking place across
We are excited to announce the keynote speaker for the UFBA Conference - Dr Tom Mulholland.
Senior Medical Officer for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Auckland City Hospital and Honorary Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland - Tom really is a keynote speaker with a difference.
Tom is a surfer with a passion for adventure and helping people. He was awarded a NZ Defence Service Medal for his work in the Boxing Day Tsunami; has survived being hit by another Tsunami; been stabbed in a home invasion and had a number of setbacks he has used to develop tools to make the most out of life.
Congratulations Hawera Brigade for winning the 2014 Australasian Rescue Challenge yesterday in Melbourne. And to Rolleston for coming 2nd – great effort New Zealand!
Four teams from New Zealand - Greytown, Hawera, Rolleston and Whitianga - competed at an international level with teams from as far a field as Hong Kong and Singapore. The UFBA funded the top three teams from
The Greytown Road Crash Rescue (RCR) team – in its 12 years of experience– has learned the hard lesson that if you want to win it all, the margin of error is slim. On national and Australasian stages, the team has been within arms reach of championship several times, but has never quite managed to grab the number one spot – until now.
Angela Munro, a long-time Firefighter Combat Challenge enthusiast from Auckland, has once again demonstrated amazing strength and athleticism to become the National Firefighter Combat Challenge Champion in the female category with a time of 3:26.40. Thirteen determined women – twice the number that competed last year – turned in inspiring efforts on the course. Despite complete exhaustion and a few long times, every woman pushed through the pain and crossed the line.
Southbridge firefighter Steven Maw has taken the National Firefighter Combat Challenge by storm, overtaking the favorites to become the National Champion for the first time in Wellington in late March. Going into the UFBA National Firefighter Combat Challenge, his official time was 1:56.05, recorded at the South Island event earlier this year. He didn’t just beat his personal best – he shattered it, finishing at a remarkable 1:46.43.
Full results for the 2014 UFBA Firefighter Combat Challenge held in Wellington on March 21-22.
Full Results from the National Road Crash Rescue and Trauma Challenge held in Feilding.