One of the unexpected duties in my term as President has been the bittersweet task of distributing funds to those most in need as a result of the devastating effects of the Canterbury earthquake.
For the firefighters of Canterbury, the past month has been taxing as they put themselves aside to assist the communities in which they live. Many brigades received more calls in a week then they would normally in one year. I extend huge appreciation to each of you — and to your families for supporting you — in the tremendous work you have done over the past month.
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.
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.