Message from George Verry, Chief Executive Officer
On Thursday 18 August, UFBA and FRFANZ submitted a joint submission on the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill to the Government Administration Committee.
Our submission on the Bill is the latest step in a process initiated and led by Minister Peter Dunne—which started off with the release by the Government of the Fire Services Review Discussion Document in May 2015.
The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill was introduced to Parliament on 30 June 2016 to repeal the two Acts governing New Zealand’s fire services (the Fire Service Act 1975 and the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977) and to give effect to a single unified fire services organisation (FENZ).
The UFBA/FRFANZ joint submission was the culmination of a significant amount of work during the few weeks since then covering in-depth research, widespread consultation with volunteer fire brigades and rural fire forces and seeking feedback from individual members through an online survey.
We believe our submission presents a sound and thorough examination of the FENZ Bill and addresses issues identified by our organisations and membership in a logical and constructive way.
Thank you to those who took the time and consideration to provide feedback on the Bill. You made a valuable contribution to the UFBA/FRFANZ submission on behalf of members.
I also thank our Leadership and Governance Workshop graduates who encouraged others in their brigades to complete the online survey, ensuring we received the views of a wide range of personnel. This group of graduates is proving a valuable advocacy resource for the UFBA.
I commend the joint UFBA/FRFANZ submission to members for your consideration.
Download the UFBA/FRFANZ Joint Submission on FENZ Bill here or download below.
UFBA and FRFANZ have asked to be heard at the Select Committee hearing on the FENZ Bill which is likely to be some weeks away. We will continue to keep you informed on a regular basis.
19 August 2016
On Thursday 18 August, UFBA and FRFANZ submitted a joint submission on the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill to the Government Administration Committee
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