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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hot firefighting and realistic scenarios were the keys to the success of the recent biennial Fire Field Camp held at Whangaparaoa under the auspices of the Auckland District Fire Brigades’ Sub-Association.