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Participate in FRSITO’s Literacy and Numeracy Project and be entered to win an Apple iPod Touch

Posted on 12th October 2010

FRSITO is undertaking a project on Literacy and Numeracy. We hope the results of this project will help develop more effective training resources. Please read on to see how you can help.

Ashburton’s Maslin Flying Solo to World Firefighter Combat Challenge

Posted on 11th October 2010

Warren Maslin of Ashburton is the only known volunteer firefighter from New Zealand competing in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in November. He’ll be competing in the Individual Over 40 category, and also in the Tandem category with American Jimmy Roger.

It’s the Waiting Game for Many Canterbury Firefighters

Posted on 11th October 2010

When disaster struck, they jumped to the aid of their communities – no hesitation, no questions asked. Many brigades in the area reported that they responded to more calls in the week following the earthquake than they would during the course of a typical year.

Previous Lessons Aid Galveston’s Response to Hurricane Ike

Posted on 7th October 2010

In September 2008, Hurricane Ike hit the Gulf of Mexico. This article looks at the lessons learned around the emergency management efforts around the disaster from the perspective of the Galveston Fire Department in Texas - a brigade whose patch was very hard hit by the hurricane.

UFBA Benevolent Fund Runs Firefighter Earthquake Appeal

Posted on 22nd September 2010

If you’ve been looking for ways to help the firefighters of Christchurch, here’s your chance….Donate to the UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal.

How to Carry Out Extrication on Hybrid Vehicles

Posted on 11th September 2010

In response to environmental issues, electric powered vehicles are becoming popular among drivers eager to move to greener travel modes. Hybrid vehicles contain two different power systems, usually combining the use of petrol and an electrical engine.

Canterbury Earthquake: The UFBA’s Role

Posted on 11th September 2010

The UFBA is doing whatever it can to support its member brigades and the NZFS in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake. Read about what the UFBA has done to date, and messages from Paul McGill, Acting National Commander, and Ross Ditmer, President of the UFBA.

Thinking About Learning

Posted on 9th September 2010

By Judith Stanley, the UFBA’s Representative on the National Training Standards Committee Training and learning are two parts of the same equation that leads to competent firefighters. As individual firefighters, we rely on the skills developed during training to see us right when we respond to a range of incidents. Learning is a survival skill, on and off the job.

Awhitu Volunteer Rural Fire Force Adds Value for its Community

Posted on 9th September 2010

Fire Chief Howard Logan and his brigade found a way to better serve the residents of the Awhitu Peninsula in South Auckland – and it’s all based on building solid relationships.

Workload Still Constant for Christchurch Firefighters

Posted on 8th September 2010

In the wake of the Christchurch earthquake, crews of firefighters in the area have been working nonstop to deal with the massive workload, with calls still flooding in.

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