Message from Chief Executive Officer Bill Butzbach
The fast approaching Christmas and the New Year period can be a challenging time of year for our people, their families and communities.
UFBA/FRFANZ are strongly committed to supporting our members—a key contributing factor to meeting this objective is enhancing wellbeing in our brigades and rural fire forces.
I am pleased to report that UFBA/FRFANZ along with our union and association partners have worked closely together with Fire and Emergency NZ on putting processes in place that will ensure everyone is able to access the psychological wellbeing support they need during the festive season.
Recently, Fire and Emergency Chief Executive Rhys Jones issued a communication to all leaders about the support available and how to access it. Download his letter here or below.
UFBA/FRFANZ encourages Fire and Emergency personnel including volunteers and non-operational people to directly access wellbeing support as detailed in the options below if needed for you and your family.
Please share this with your colleagues.
Ways to get support
1) Contact UFBA support services (at any time):
- Jim Ryburn: 021 654 184
- Jane Davie: 027 442 8655
2) Fire and Emergency people who can be contacted over December and January (from the Safety, Health and Wellbeing and Peer Support Teams)
- Alison Barnes: 027 452 7428
- John Grainger: 027 496 8150
- Kathy McAlpine: 027 704 8958
- Paul Clements: 027 482 2642
- Des Hosie: 027 437 5170
- Jim Ryburn: 021 654 184
- Denis Fitzmaurice: 027 228 7682
- John Kingsbury: 027 552 3077
- Roy Warren: 027 497 1313
3) You or your manager can contact regional Peer Support people, Regional Safety, Health and Wellbeing Advisors and the Region 4 Welfare Liaison Officer, via Communication Centres:
- Northern Communication Centre: 09 486 7948
- Central Communication Centre: 04 801 0812
- Southern Communication Centre: 03 341 0266
4) Confidential counselling sessions for all personnel – call the employee assistance programmes below for advice and support, for work, family or personal concerns.
- Your immediate family can also get advice and support through this service
- Please tell them you are from Fire and Emergency so they can cover the cost. It’s still completely confidential – Fire and Emergency are only advised of the number of people seeking help.
Numbers for the employee assistance programmes in your region:
- Region 1, 2, 3: Vitae Services on 0508 664 981, www.vitae.co.nz
- Region 4, 5: EAP Services on 0800 327 669, www.eapservices.co.nz, or Workplace Support on 0800 443 445, or 0800 333 200, www.workplacesupport.co.nz
- NHQ: EAP Services on 0800 327 669, www.eapservices.co.nz
5) For psychological emergencies
- If there is an urgent need, please contact your GP on call, Ambulance Service, or local hospital emergency department who can refer you to the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams (CATT) services in your area as needed
6) For more information on available services including contact details for peer support people in your region, go to https://portal.fireandemergency.nz/national-teams/people-and-capability/safety-and-wellbeing/critical-incident-and-personal-stress-support-cipss/ or download a copy of the Staying Well – Promoting Wellbeing and Resilience Guide
Stay safe, healthy and well
With a hot, dry summer predicted for many regions along with more vehicles on our roads (and tired, stressed drivers), the upcoming season will be challenging for our brigades/rural fire forces and personnel.
If needed, we urge you to access the psychological wellbeing support that best suits you or your colleagues.
Please stay safe, healthy and well as you continue your very valuable work on protecting lives and properties in your local communities.
13 December 2017
Communication from Fire and Emergency Chief Executive Rhys Jones to leaders about accessing wellbeing support if needed during the festive season.
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