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Current and past members at jubilee dinner
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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!

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

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Press release – ACC law change

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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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“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

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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

NZFBI Field Days 2021
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The New Zealand Fire Brigades' Institute is running a series of field days in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch where you can see behind the scenes at the Fire Communications Centres. See the flyer below for more information

David Lattimore
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UFBA is pleased to announce the appointment of David Lattimore in a fixed term role as a Regional Advocate based in Auckland.

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We’re celebrating a refreshed ‘Accord’ bringing together the United Fire Brigades’ Association, the NZ Firefighters Welfare Society and the NZ Firefighters Credit Union. The Accord formally acknowledges the mutual goals and opportunities shared by all three.

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Following the announcement of the appointment of Independent Appointed Director Jacqueline Apiata-Coyne, the UFBA Board is pleased to advise that Hon. Peter Dunne has also joined the Board in an ex officio role.

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqui Apiata-Coyne to the Board of the United Fire Brigades' Association.

Newsletter

To read a copy of the March 2021 enewsletter click here:

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Fire and Emergency have two national contracts for anonymous self-referral counselling services currently in place and due to expire on 30th June, 2021.  As part of Fire and Emergency’s standard procurement process, they will return to market (via a government s

Fire appliances Derek Quinn
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A membership rep is needed to join Fire and Emergency’s Equipment and Logistics working group.

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The Independent Review includes recommendations around reviewing Fire and Emergency’s Standards of Conduct policy, and Managing Al

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Fire and Emergency NZ have formally acknowledged that there was no excuse for the total absence of volunteer, rural and UFBA representation in Te Hiku region’s Project LIFT.

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The UFBA is pleased to see the Court of Appeal’s determination to uphold Fire and Emergency’s process on appointments for leadership positions across New Zealand.

Te Hiku Region 1
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UFBA has formally approached Fire and Emergency NZ region management to explain why Project LIFT, a project set up in the Greater Auckland (to Waitematā) Te Hiku region to review opportunities for improvement in large, complex and/or long

For International Women's Day 2021 we ackn
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Kia ora members

In light of the government’s announcement over the weekend that Auckland is now at Level 3 and the rest of the country at Level 2, we are forced to make some changes to our services:

February 2021 enewsletter
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Sent to subscribers 22 February 2021.
Click here https://mailchi.mp/ufba/february-2021-updates

Fire and Emergency have two national contracts for anonymous self-referral counselling services currently in place and due to expire on 30th June, 2021.  As part of Fire and Emergency’s standard procurement process, they will return to market (via a government syndicated pa