UFBA News

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

Special recognition for volunteers deployed to the Nelson/Tasman fires

Posted on 22nd February 2019

The UFBA and FRFANZ recognise the unique nature and circumstances surrounding the major operations underway in Nelson/Tasman. The major deployment of resources in support of this fire are on a staggering scale requiring the cooperation of all FENZ personnel, working together under difficult and trying circumstances. Our associations are mindful that this is a unique and rare event for

FENZ and St John MoU - have your say on our submission!

Posted on 22nd February 2019

We invited your feedback to inform our joint submission to Fire and Emergency on their draft Memorandum of Understanding with St John. While some noted the existing relationship and cross-over of roles already in place for first responder brigades there were a number of concerns raised. Please review our submission below and give us your feedback to help give a

Shaping the positions under Service Delivery

Posted on 7th February 2019

With your voice we’ve already made suggestions to shape the FENZ Operating Model and the Strategic Leadership Team. Now it’s the next step in organisational design. This stage looks at the parts of Fire and Emergency that further drive integration – the team reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery. What this looks like at

Nelson/Tasman fire update from FENZ

Posted on 7th February 2019

You’ll no doubt be aware of the large 1900 hectare wildfires currently being fought in the Nelson/Tasman region based around Pigeon Valley. Over 100 firefighters, 22 helicopters and 2 winged planes have been deployed to tackle this blaze with many of them volunteers.   Here’s an update for today from Fire and Emergency. The predicted moderate weather conditions

Fire and Emergency and St John MOU 2019

Posted on 31st January 2019

We need your views! Fire and Emergency (FENZ) and St John are looking to establish a revised Memorandum of Understanding. UFBA has been asked to provide feedback on the draft document. A group of brigades including first response brigades have already been invited by the Association to assist in this process. We wish to provide all member brigades and fire

UFBA response to the Independent Review

Posted on 24th January 2019

Background The UFBA, along with other associations and unions, have been involved in the consultation under the Independent Review led by retired judge Coral Shaw. As the leading association representing the interests of all firefighters across NZ we fully support the recommendations of this report. FENZ is under no pretence that bullying and harassment is evident in the fire and

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