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COVID-19 Vaccine Update
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While the government has not said first and co-responders must be vaccinated, we acknowledge the view of some members, that this may happen.  The UFBA assures members that if this occurs, we are here to support you.

APES Games 2022
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Due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Australasian Police and  Emergency Services (AP&ES) Games have been postponed from March 2022 until March 2023.

ACC legislation starting to change
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It’s a good start! The requirement to prove that a disease or infection is not work related will soon be back on ACC.

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The UFBA Campaign demanding fairer, more equitable cover for volunteers is well underway.

143rd AGM & Conference 2021 important update
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Tēnā koutou katoa

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Our survey is now live – tell us what you think about the UFBA Volunteer Fairness and Equity Campaign.

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In 2020 the UFBA Benevolent Fund Trustees put together a financial assistance package for personnel facing significant financial hardship due to the impact of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

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The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the New Zealand Fire Brigades’ Institute (NZFBI) will soon be held in Wellington.

Volunteer Fairness and Equity Campaign
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As part of UFBA’s focus on improving fairness and equity for FENZ volunteers, we have launched the Volunteer Fairness and Equity Campaign

CHALLENGE PANEL MEMBER VACANCY
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  • Want to be at the heart of delivering Challenge events?
  • Can you bring expertise and a positive, can-do attitude?
  • Keen to bring Challenges to members across NZ?

Then consider applying to be a Chall

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The New Zealand Firefighters Welfare Society is putting people at the heart of its new strategy so it can provide the best possible support to firefighters and their families.

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Fire and Emergency NZ is seeking UFBA representation on a newly established group to review the Uniform and PPE Technical Manual and the Uniform Matrix. 

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Due to Covid-19 lock-down restrictions we're currently unable to dispatch any Fire Shop orders. Please bear with us!  We'll work on clearing back-orders just as soon as we can, at the end of lock-down.

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Many members will know that New Zealand banks are phasing out cheques in 2021. Our friends at Grant Thornton have put together a handy guide to help ease the transition to online banking.

Watch the video

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The UFBA has made inquiries with FENZ about the possibility of recognising the 20th anniversary of the United Nations International year of the volunteer, perhaps by issuing another medal.

Massey University
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Kia ora/Talofa lava/Hello/Malo e lelei/Ni sa bul,

We are looking for New Zealand firefighters, both employed and voluntary members, for a research project.

Rebecca Keoghan
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UFBA welcomes new Chair for FENZ Board

Peter Dunne
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The United Fire Brigades’ Association of NZ (UFBA) are delighted to announce that Hon.

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As we celebrate volunteers this week, we send a big shout out to Haumoana Volunteer Fire Brigade which celebrated its 75th Jubilee this month.

Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Officer Steve Lee
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Come on New Zealand, let's back our volunteers!

Firefighter
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Our combined North/South Road Crash Rescue Challenge featured on Seven Sharp last night.

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Listen to this morning’s interview with Kate Hawkesby and UFBA CEO Bill Butzbach discussing the UFBA Campaign to see ACC legislation amended to include cover for volunteer firefighters injured or falling ill as a result of their FENZ duties.

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Press release – ACC law change

ACC
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“The United Fire Brigades Association (UFBA) has been a formidable force advocating for better equity between paid and volunteer firefighters for many years now,” says Bill Butzbach, Chief Executive Officer. 

Gold Star being presented to Shaun Sayer
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For many people in fire brigades around the country, involvement in Fire and Emergency involves not only community but family connections – whether it’s parent and ‘child’, siblings or extended whānau.

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A new employee-led initiative aims to increase the visibility, inclusion and participation of people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics in Fire and Emergency.

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We are delighted that five of our colleagues were awarded Queen's Birthday Honours this weekend for their services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

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Provincials (and Sub-Associations) play a vital role in support of firefighters

IAIN MCGREGOR/STUFF
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The United Fire Brigades’ Association is in touch with local leaders across the Canterbury region to offer our support as the storm continues to ravage the region.  Click here to view NIWA’s