Thank you for 2021

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Well, that’s a wrap!

Today is the last working day for 2021 for UFBA staff and Board. We would like to thank you, our members, for the amazing year that was.

Here is a message from your UFBA Board Chair, Hon. Peter Dunne



2021 was certainly not without its challenges; families and friends were separated, people were faced with important decisions and life was not normal.
However, amongst all this adversity, we made it through and when we look back over the last 12 months we are proud of what was achieved with the membership:

  • We launched the Volunteer Fairness and Equity Campaign aimed at getting Government to change legislation and/or fund better support to Fire and Emergency volunteers who become ill, or who are injured as a result of their Fire and Emergency duties. The survey has over 1,300 responses and an average of 95% are in support!
  • We are grateful for the Challenges that were able to go ahead, bringing people together, doing what they love – Firefighter Combat, Road Crash Rescue and Waterway.
  • The Benevolent Fund was a highly appreciated service for members who needed it, $73,000 was granted in 2021.
  • The Membership Advisory Panel (MAP) has begun to show its value and appointed 39 UFBA representatives to Fire and Emergency working and support groups. They also played an important influential role in the approval by Fire and Emergency to issue firefighters with personal torches!
  • Our Kōrero Series webinars were a great opportunity for members to engage with three hot-topics, live and online.
  • The Leadership, Secretary, Treasurer and Xero workshops provided valuable learnings to almost 200 members.
  • We supported the standing up of the Behaviour and Conduct Office, to provide better support for all Fire and Emergency personnel, strengthening our strategic partnership with Fire and Emergency.

Thank you for sharing this amazing year with us, we look forward to seeing you all in 2022.

Kia kaha, kia Kotahi ra
Our strength is our unity.

Ngā mihi nui,
Bill Butzbach