Leadership Workshop

Build strong, sustainable brigades - for current and future leaders

Strong leadership skills are key to us working together to deliver essential fire and emergency services in our local communities. Enhance vital life skills at an interactive two-day UFBA Leadership Workshop.

Strong leadership is also needed to drive positive change in our culture, to maintain a brigade that is respectful, inclusive and supportive. You don't have to be a current brigade leader to benefit from this course, as content can support aspiring leaders or culture change champions.

Attendance at these workshops is fully-funded for brigade members - including accommodation and travel (terms and conditions apply).

A UFBA Leadership Workshop is an ideal opportunity to:

  • Learn from leading expert in the field—Damian D’Cruz 
  • Develop new leadership and coaching techniques
  • Strengthen your professional development
  • Meet other like-minded brigade members from across the country
  • Enhance skills that will benefit your personal life, career and fire and rescue services.

Upcoming workshops: 

  • 28-29 January 2022 – Palmerston North (full)
  • 18-19 February 2022 – Blenheim
  • 11-12 March 2022 – Tauranga 
  • 25-26 March 2022 – Greymouth 
  • 20-21 May 2022 - Auckland (FULL)
  • 17-18 June 2022 - Queenstown (FULL)

Register for upcoming workshops

We advertise new workshops across New Zealand throughout the year. Fire and Emergency has endorsed this course as a Volunteer Support Initiative.

Meet your facilitator Damian D’Cruz

Damian D'Çruz

A gifted facilitator from Mindspring, Damian specialises in leadership workshops for sports and not-for-profit organisations. He has designed and facilitated adult learning courses since 1992. Having led leadership training at the UFBA for nearly a decade, Damian understands the pressures faced by brigade members.

“I have learnt many new skills that I can use in my day-to-day Fire and Emergency NZ duties. This will help me grow as a leader and to develop the brigade to be better than it already is.” Ed Love, Southbridge Volunteer Fire Brigade


COVID-19 VACCINE DISCLAIMER: Under the NZ Government's COVID-19 Protection Framework (or Traffic Lights), all UFBA events require personnel attending to produce a valid vaccine certificate using the official My Vaccine Pass, upon arrival. The registration site will also require attendees to confirm they are full vaccinated for travel and accommodation booking purposes.