Women and Firefighting Australasia Conference (WAFA) 2016

  Posted on 13th June 2016 by Loralee Hyde in Membership news, UFBA News

The New Zealand Fire Service is running a contestable process to select five operational women to attend the 2016 Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) Conference in Brisbane, Australia from 30 August to 1 September 2016.

For the first time, WAFA will be co-located with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference, boosting opportunities for networking, mentoring and information gathering.

UFBA urges operational women to apply

A key objective in the UFBA Strategic Plan is to build strong and sustainable brigades. Promoting and encouraging diversity within our fire and emergency services is a key strategy for meeting this objective.

Chief Executive Officer George Verry says the UFBA supports Women in Fire and Emergency New Zealand (WFENZ) which seeks to promote and facilitate the participation and success of women in fire and emergency roles in New Zealand.

“Providing opportunities for women to network and build connections with others is fundamental to fostering and sustaining healthy and productive brigades,” says George.

“Attending WAFA is an ideal opportunity to access informative presentations, hands-on workshops, mentoring and career advice—which will benefit our operational women both in their brigades and personal lives.

“I urge our women members to apply—from volunteer or paid, urban or rural.”

Apply now

The application process will be co-ordinated by Jackie Breen National Advisor - Women’s Development, with recommendations compiled for selection. Attendees will be chosen from across ranks, urban and rural fire, career and volunteer.

If you are interested in applying, please email Jackie

Please note that applications close at 5pm 23 June 2016.

For more about the WAFA Conference visit www.wafa.asn.au/conference.html

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