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

Building bridges with international partners - UFBA signs MoU with IFE

Building bridges with international partners - UFBA signs MoU with IFE

Posted on 12th April 2019

We recently built upon the UFBA's national presence and wider profile with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the IFE - the Institute of Fire Engineers, New Zealand Branch. Based in the UK, the IFE is a worldwide body that provides research, training, conferences and professional qualifications for firefighters and civilians who work in fields related to

Tax improvements for volunteer reimbursements

Posted on 3rd April 2019

After nearly a year we’ve heard about some improvements for volunteer reimbursements. This follows our contribution to a submission with Volunteering NZ last April to the Tax Working Group, as advocate of one of New Zealand’s largest volunteer workforces. The submission identified an issue around Individual Volunteer Reimbursements and Honoraria Payments with Individuals receiving tax penalties

Initiatives to engage youth and community

Posted on 29th March 2019

Growing volunteer numbers and developing community resilience Last year, UFBA began work to establish a youth scheme by surveying members – we had a great response from 290 individual brigades and your feedback was extremely enlightening. Analysis of the survey showed a demand for a scheme from brigades throughout the country. A think tank of representatives from brigades which are actively

Modernising the Charities Act 2005 – submission for brigades

Posted on 26th March 2019

The Government is modernising the Charities Act 2005 and we want to ensure the needs of member brigades registered as charities are represented. The Act currently ensures the provision by Charities Services of registration, reporting and monitoring systems for charities. The government is recognising the different needs of NZ’s diverse charities and how the Act needs to remain fit-for-purpose.

Firefighters and exposures to health-related risks

Posted on 25th March 2019

Presumptive Legislation A hot topic at the moment in the press is the announcement by the firefighters union (NZPFU) around it’s campaigning for a change to legislation to get a number of specific cancers covered by ACC as workplace related illnesses for firefighters. While this presumptive legislation issue is a highly emotive issue, and one we can all

Cromwell South Island Combat Challenge - Cancelled

Posted on 15th March 2019

New Zealand is witnessing a tragic event unfolding with the Christchurch shootings. In light of information to hand it is inappropriate to continue the South Island Firefighter Combat Challenge in Cromwell and so we have made the decision to CANCEL. This is a time for all 140 South Island participants and officials to be home and safe with their families and

Role modelling standards of behaviour

Posted on 14th March 2019

As a sector we are all very different people individually that have been brought together through a shared interest, drive or commitment. But despite our differences there are certain aspects that must be consistent and unified, and that is our behaviour. We were very disheartened recently when behaviour was demonstrated by brigade members at one of our events that was

Submission on Draft FENZ St John MoU

Posted on 7th March 2019

Thanks to all those who provided feedback towards our submission to Fire and Emergency on the FENZ/St John draft Memorandum of Understanding. Together we can ensure your points of view are put forward. You can view a copy of the final submission via the download below and we'll keep you posted on how this progresses.

Bill’s blog: Challenge events – so much more than games!

Bill’s blog: Challenge events – so much more than games!

Posted on 1st March 2019

This morning I joined over a hundred enthusiastic firefighters bright and early in a chilly Wainuiomata park for the National Waterway Challenge. Seeing the eager faces of the keen competitors and the many volunteer officials and local organising committee really hits home one of the reasons why the UFBA is so special. While our challenge events may not be for

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