Message from George Verry, Chief Executive Officer
Fire and Emergency New Zealand Integration Phase
Following the first day of Fire and Emergency New Zealand on 1 July 2017, the integration phase of the organisation starts. The Blueprint for this phase sets out a work programme for integrating rural and urban systems, processes and tools over the next three years until June 2020.
Proposed Fire and Emergency New Zealand activities during this phase include the alignment process between different organisations, with equivalent employment and volunteer terms and conditions; consulting on and developing new local advisory committees (LACs), to support decision-making in communities; and designing and consulting on a new disputes resolution scheme.
With such a programme of extensive development and change in place, the need for strong independent representation of the interests of UFBA/FRFANZ members at a local and national level will, therefore, increase following Day One of Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
I assure you UFBA/FRFANZ are committed to providing the advocacy and support services needed by all our firefighters—urban, rural, volunteer, paid, industry and defence—to ensure they can serve their communities effectively.
In July 2016, UFBA and the Forest and Rural Fire Association (FRFANZ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to make sure urban and rural firefighters had a single powerful voice during the transition to Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
By working closely together over the past year, UFBA/FRFANZ have effectively represented the interests of our members during the transition to ensure the best possible outcomes.
As part of our ongoing arrangement with FRFANZ, the UFBA has also provided administration and financial support to the FRFANZ Executive to meet the needs of their rural fire force members.
The positive ongoing relationship between UFBA which represents 535 member brigades and fire forces and FRFANZ with 134 members, gives us an exceptional opportunity to build on our collective strength.
2017 Strategic Planning
With the aim of taking a collaborative approach to the activities we will focus on over the next three years, the UFBA invited FRFANZ to attend our 2017 strategic planning session.
The planning session proved a constructive time to clarify the issues facing our organisations and our members, set our future direction and, most importantly, develop clear goals to meet our refocused Vision of Safe sustainable communities.
To deliver advocacy and support to our emergency services members that will enable them to provide highly-skilled contributions to the health and safety of the communities they serve, we have established six key goals:
- Be Advocacy Experts
- Have a Broad Membership
- Ensure Sustainable Funding
- Be Trusted Partners
- Provide Strong Leadership
- Provide Excellence in Learning.
For more details of the principles underpinning these broad goals, download the updated one-page UFBA/FRFANZ Strategic Plan here
The UFBA and FRFANZ are committed to continuing to work closely together on issues that affect our members.
To ensure we achieve our strategic goals and meet our Vision of Safe sustainable communities, work is now underway to develop effective and attainable action plans.
We will provide regular updates on our progress with achieving the goals of the UFBA/FRFANZ Strategic Plan.
14 June 2017
The UFBA/FRFANZ 2017 Strategic Plan summarises the main activities we will focus on over the next three years.
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