For about a decade the National Rural Fire Authority’s objective has been to merge smaller Rural Fire Authorities with larger ones to create enlarged rural Fire Districts. This process was interrupted by the proposed reform of fire services in New Zealand in the mid-2000s but the push towards amalgamation is on again, supported by the Minister of Internal Affairs and the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, with transition led by the National Rural Fire Officer.
Plans for the new Auckland Super City, merging 8 local authorities, meant amalgamation, too, of the present rural Fire Authorities. Confronted with this change, about a dozen Rural Fire Forces (RFFs) throughout greater Auckland asked the UFBA to assist with advocacy as the plans emerged for the new, enlarged, rural fire entity.
We have added a section on our website for Rural fire-fighting interests. For many years the UFBA has included volunteer Rural Fire Forces in its memberships and now, with major changes in the rural sector, we are providing their own section on the UFBA website.