A Kiwi team again headed over to Montgomery, Alabama in the United States for the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Finals in October 2016
Firefighters from around New Zealand took the opportunity to visit the South Island Urban Search and Rescue Task Force base on 27 October prior to the UFBA Annual Conference in Christchurch
Hon Peter Dunne
NZFSC Chair Paul Swain
UFBA Chair Rick Braddock
Patron Dame Margaret Bazley
New Officers and Directors
UFBA Benevolent Fund
Provincial Associations: The future
UFBA Life Honorary Member, Nigel Lilley
AGM Minutes, Workshop Presentations and Photos
Minister appreciates UFBA contributions
The Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Peter Dunne connected his speech to the Building strong foundations
UFBA Director Bill Butzbach reported on the extensive consultation and effective advocacy undertaken by the UFBA
The theme of this year’s conference was Building strong foundations. Two keynote speakers, Sir John Kirwan and Ngahi Bidois, provided delegates with ideas and resources on how to deal with change and lead through the fire services reform—thereby building stronger brigades and communities.
Sir John Kirwan
“Wellness is every day”
Forty women from volunteer, paid, rural and defence brigades and operational support units attended Conference this year.
To celebrate and provide a forum for networking, the UFBA invited women attendees to an early evening function on 28 October.
“Many of our brigades and rural fire forces have only one or two women serving,” said UFBA General Manager Ceara Owen-Perry.
An engaging address from 95 year old Frank Hardy OBE, QFSM captivated the 400 attendees at the UFBA Conference in Christchurch.
At the 2016 UFBA Conference on Friday 28 October, NZFSC Chair Hon Paul Swain and UFBA Chair Rick Braddock signed a Transitional Advocacy and Support Agreement in the presence of the Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Peter Dunne.
With Movember fast approaching, a group of Fire Services Movember Enthusiasts are taking the opportunity to raise awareness of men’s health issues
At the 138th AGM of the United Fire Brigades’ Association, brigade delegates have the opportunity to vote for your representatives on the UFBA team