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Chief Executive Officer Blog: 11 August 2017

Posted on 13th August 2017

Change / How you can get involved / Rural Members

We farewell George Verry

We farewell George Verry

Posted on 8th August 2017

George Verry was appointed as UFBA Chief Executive Officer in September 2008 at a time when the organisation was experiencing serious financial concerns. With his background as a partner in a major Chartered Accountants firm and associated business knowledge, the UFBA quickly regained financial stability and has since been in a very safe pair of hands.

2017 Australasian Rescue Challenge: Kiwi teams take out major placings

2017 Australasian Rescue Challenge: Kiwi teams take out major placings

Posted on 27th July 2017

Hosted by the UFBA, the Australasian Rescue Challenge (ARC17) at Claudelands in Hamilton from 20-23 July was an outstanding success. Kiwi teams did us proud, taking out eleven accolades at the presentation dinner on Sunday night.

Health standards for operational personnel

Posted on 27th July 2017

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 enables the Board to prescribe physical and psychological health standards to ensure operational personnel can perform duties that may be required of them without undue risk to their safety, health and wellbeing.

NZFBI Field Day: E Squadron (EOD)

Posted on 27th July 2017

An NZFBI Field Day in Christchurch on 24 June showcased the NZ Army’s E Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit.

2017 UFBA Annual Conference: Nominate your representatives

2017 UFBA Annual Conference: Nominate your representatives

Posted on 10th July 2017

The UFBA Annual Conference is a time when your brigade can contribute to the way the UFBA acts and how you are represented. There are three key roles to be voted on at Conference as well as changes to the rules and regulations of the Association. As a Conference delegate, you have the right to vote on behalf of your

Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief appointed as UFBA Chief Executive Officer

Posted on 7th July 2017

Chief Fire Officer of Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade, Bill Butzbach, has been chosen to head the United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA)—the advocacy organisation that represents 12,000 firefighters, with 80% being volunteers

UFBA/FRFANZ: The united voice of our members

Posted on 7th July 2017

UFBA/FRFANZ members, who are mostly volunteers, have contributed greatly to the success of our advocacy actions—through their engagement with consultation, helping to develop new policies and processes and providing feedback to Fire and Emergency NZ. Some of our members who have been involved give their views as we move into the integration phase.

UFBA/FRFANZ: Asking our members to consider a merger

Posted on 6th July 2017

In July 2016, UFBA and the Forest and Rural Fire Association (FRFANZ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to make sure urban and rural firefighters and their personnel had a single powerful voice during the transition of 40 organisations—including the National Rural Fire Authority (NRFA) and the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS)—to Fire and Emergency New

Strengthening rural firefighters’ skills

Posted on 6th July 2017

The 12th UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop took place in Wellington from 22-24 June bringing the total number of graduates to 185 personnel around the country

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