Gold Star Recipients

Getting to know… John Collings

Getting to know… John Collings

Posted on 16th September 2014

John Collings has volunteered for Taihape Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1967 and was awarded the Queen's Service Medal with his brother Tony and four other firefighters on 11 September 2014 at the Queen's Birthday Honours Investiture. Here we get to know John... 1. Why did you join the fire service? I joined the Fire Service in 1965. My boss at the garage told

August 2014 50 YEAR MEDAL & GOLD STARS

Posted on 16th September 2014

Congratulations to the following members who received Gold Stars and Fifty Year medals last month. Thank you for your dedicated service to your community: Fifty Year Medals

Celebrations at Government House

Celebrations at Government House

Posted on 16th September 2014

The UFBA would like to congratulate the six firefighters who received the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) this month in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. A celebration was held at Government House on 11 September 2014. “It is a just reward for years of commitment to the Fire Service and to your community. I know when you first signed up the Queen Service Medal would have been the last thing on your mind,” said Bryan Styles, UFBA President.

Congratulations - Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014

Congratulations - Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014

Posted on 15th September 2014

Congratulations to six volunteer firefighters, awarded their Queen's Service Medal on 11 September 2014. Dave McFarlane, NZFS Commission Deputy Chairman in Wellington praised their contributions to the Fire Service in his speech at their investiture. Below we hear from the Deputy Chairman.... "Being a volunteer firefighter is a tradition in some families and one the Commission is most grateful for. It is not uncommon for a brigade to include members from two or three generations of the same family. But I think John and Tony Collings are the first two brothers to be honoured with a QSM in the same year.

July 2014 Gold Stars & 50 Year Medals

Posted on 11th August 2014

Congratulations to the following members who received Gold Stars and Fifty Year medals last month. Thank you for your dedicated service to your community: Fifty Year Medals ALEXANDER Neil         Ashhurst BALMER Michael         Christchurch CORBETT Charles       Napier CROZIER Kevin           Christchurch DOBSON Christopher  Westport DOWNS

Congratulations Gary

Congratulations Gary

Posted on 9th August 2014

Gary Luff was presented with his 50 year medal by Mark Adie, Vice President of the UFBA at the Woolston Fire Service Training Centre in Christchurch. A member of the Fire Service since 1964, Gary remembers his first introduction: “I went down to the local fire station, the old three bay brick station on Buick St. I introduced myself to the watchman and he called the Duty Officer. After a look around, I was asked where I was staying: the old Trentham Barracks. “Would I like to stay at the Station?” they asked. My own room and “turn out during the night” on duty at least three nights a week as an Auxiliary.

July 2014 Gold Stars

Posted on 30th July 2014

Congratulations to all members who were recognised with service honours in July. A big thanks to members who received Gold Stars - thanks for your dedicated service! Harold CLARKSON, Dunedin Rex MURRAY, Riversdale Michael STEVENSON, Riversdale Andrew WHYTE, Waipu Peter WOOD, Mapu

May 2014 Gold Stars

Posted on 5th July 2014

Congratulations to the following members who received Gold Stars and Fifty-Year Medals last month, and thank you for your dedicated service to your community: Fifty-Year Medals Francis MCGUIRE, Blackball James POWDRILL, Kaikohe Neville JACOBSEN, Dannevirke  Gold Stars Michael HALLIDAY, Waikanae Keith THAWLEY, Stoke Stephen MCLENNAN, Lincoln David UTUMAPU, New Plymouth Terry THOMAS, Te Puke

April 2014 Gold Stars

Posted on 26th May 2014

Congratulations to the following members who received Gold Stars and Fifty-Year Medals in April, and thank you for your dedicated service to your community:

March 2014 Gold Stars

Posted on 28th April 2014

Congratulations to the following members who received Gold Stars and Fifty-Year Medals last month, and thank you for your dedicated service to your community:

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