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Last July, the UFBA Board refreshed its strategic objectives into four key priority areas. This includes the UFBA driving change in the sector that will benefit our members and their communities. Establishing our own research and development capacity and capability is a critical part of achieving this strategic goal.

Yesterday marked a significant day for UFBA and the New Zealand Fire Brigades’ Institute (NZFBI) where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), where the two organisations agreed to collaborate on mutually agreed research and development projects relevant to the fire and emergency services sector, and most importantly, that will benefit our shared membership.

We are excited about the opportunities before us, and we plan to meet with the entire NZFBI Council in the coming weeks to discuss a potential programme of work for the next few years. An early priority will be engaging members for your thoughts - watch this space!