For individual Fire and Emergency New Zealand volunteers
Are you experiencing bullying or harassment within your brigade or service?
Do you need support and advice to work through conflict or disputes?
We can help.
UFBA is recognised by Fire and Emergency New Zealand as key partners for providing advocacy and support services to our members.
We also have a high level of understanding of the processes of the two new Fire and Emergency NZ dispute resolution processes:
- Volunteer Issues Process
- Interim Dispute Resolution Process
As an individual Fire and Emergency New Zealand volunteer, you can access advocacy and support services provided by UFBA for any dispute, complaint or conflict, free of charge.
Phone our Advocacy and Support Advisor Monday - Friday Freephone 0508 832 269
UFBA provide a range of support services designed to:
- sustain the needs of our members, that is, individual brigades/rural fire forces, and to
- enhance and grow all the elements that make them attractive places to be part of.
Our aim is to build strong brigades/rural fire forces that will provide highly-skilled contributions to the health and safety of the communities they serve.
As independent organisations, UFBA are well-positioned to represent members and provide sound advice when needed.
Phone us Monday - Friday Freephone 0508 832 269 or send us a confidential email here
At the highest level, our advocacy focuses on influencing and effecting relevant change for members as a group to our principal stakeholder - Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
UFBA actively represent and advance the interests of our members by advocating on policy and legislation at a governmental level.
Decisions made by the Government, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and other fire organisations can significantly impact the way brigades and fire forces function.
We stay up to date on issues that matter to our members and ensure their best interests are always kept in the forefront as decision makers introduce new procedures and policies.
UFBA was established expressly to represent and promote the interests of member fire brigades and fire forces.
Advocacy is the key to fulfilling this objective.
To set out the enduring high level principles we will follow to deliver effective advocacy, we have established a UFBA Advocacy Charter.
The principles include:
- The context for our advocacy and the actions we will take
- Target audiences - who we will proactively advocate the interests of our members and promote the cause of volunteerism to
- Ethical principles - the standards we will follow to deliver effective advocacy
- Member consultation - we will consult members to ensure we accurately portray the position of a majority of brigades
- Effectiveness - we will periodically assess our advocacy programme and determine opportunities for improvement.