Bill’s blog: what we advocated for on the draft proposal

Posted on 23rd September 2019

Facts about UFBA’s sector advocacy for volunteers Our close relationship with FENZ meant we were asked to review the recently published consultation document on the proposed structure and approach to rank prior to its embargoed release.  Changes were made following our submission and you can now have your say direct to Fire and Emergency or contribute to

Further consideration being given to FENZ consultation

Posted on 27th August 2019

We’d like to share the announcement from FENZ Chief Executive Rhys Jones about the extension to the date for consultation on a proposed organisational structure and approach to rank and role. UFBA and FRFANZ submitted robust submissions on early draft proposals, on things that we knew would not sit well with you. We are pleased that FENZ have

Membership advocacy update

Posted on 23rd August 2019

In response to recent public commentary by some regarding rank and role, we want to assure our members that the United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA), Forest and Rural Fire Association NZ (FRFANZ) and Rural Professional Association (RPA), collectively part of the Partner Agencies that support the reform, are working in partnership with FENZ to advocate on your behalf. We

Bill’s blog: Merger, Conference, FENZ and Wellbeing

Posted on 16th July 2019

Tenā koutou katoa It’s been a while since I wrote to you all. The team in the UFBA office have been absolutely buzzing with activity – it’s an especially busy period for us all at the moment, but an exciting one. Merger progress - watch this space We’ve got progress on the merger –

Reward and recognition announcement for volunteers

Posted on 18th June 2019

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin yesterday announced a $4 million-a-year package to recognise the contribution made by Fire and Emergency volunteers to communities across New Zealand. This is timely during National Volunteer Week, which is all about recognising the contribution of volunteers to New Zealand’s economy and wellbeing. UFBA and FRFANZ brigade members have been providing a sounding board

The UFBA Advocacy and support service

Posted on 10th June 2019

The UFBA Advocacy and support service your first choice for conflict resolution and complaints Every Fire and Emergency email address will have received a notice about the new interim Complaints process sent from Fire and Emergency. We’re glad this process will not be necessary for the vast majority of you for whom brigade life is without conflict –

Congratulations to Queen’s Honours recipients 2019

Posted on 5th June 2019

We were delighted to see among this year’s queen’s Birthday Honours recipients the following honourees for services to Fire and Emergency NZ and Community: Gary Aitken, a volunteer firefighter of 53 years from Warkworth, has represented the Auckland Provincial Association andbeen heavily involved ina number of local clubs  and associations including a role as Justice of

UFBA FRFANZ Submission on dispute resolution scheme

Posted on 28th May 2019

This is a subject the UFBA has a vested interest in, as your primary source of sector-related independent advocacy. The UFBA was named in the Independent Review into Workplace Bullying (the 'Coral Shaw Report') as a partner for FENZ to work with to update the process. We encourage all volunteers to have your say and make your own submissions direct

Addressing important health needs of firefighters – cancers and psychological trauma

Posted on 24th May 2019

Kia ora, As indicated in previous UFBA news updates, your Association has been working with NZPFU on the matter of ACC law recognising “firefighter cancers” and the bid for presumptive legislation. This campaign is being led by NZPFU Secretary Wattie Watson. We understand Wattie was involved in a similar successful campaign with the Victorian Firefighters and Unions prior

Bill’s blog: Acknowledging us all for International Firefighters Day

Posted on 6th May 2019

This year’s National Firefighter Combat Day coincided with International Firefighters Day - what perfect timing to bring together over 150 firefighters. While the sector sadly didn’t get as much attention on this day as World Naked Gardening Day (also May 4th) I want to take this moment to acknowledge each one of us - it’s

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