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Building bridges with international partners - UFBA signs MoU with IFE

Building bridges with international partners - UFBA signs MoU with IFE

Posted on 12th April 2019

We recently built upon the UFBA's national presence and wider profile with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the IFE - the Institute of Fire Engineers, New Zealand Branch. Based in the UK, the IFE is a worldwide body that provides research, training, conferences and professional qualifications for firefighters and civilians who work in fields related to

Tax improvements for volunteer reimbursements

Posted on 3rd April 2019

After nearly a year we’ve heard about some improvements for volunteer reimbursements. This follows our contribution to a submission with Volunteering NZ last April to the Tax Working Group, as advocate of one of New Zealand’s largest volunteer workforces. The submission identified an issue around Individual Volunteer Reimbursements and Honoraria Payments with Individuals receiving tax penalties

Initiatives to engage youth and community

Posted on 29th March 2019

Growing volunteer numbers and developing community resilience Last year, UFBA began work to establish a youth scheme by surveying members – we had a great response from 290 individual brigades and your feedback was extremely enlightening. Analysis of the survey showed a demand for a scheme from brigades throughout the country. A think tank of representatives from brigades which are actively

Modernising the Charities Act 2005 – submission for brigades

Posted on 26th March 2019

The Government is modernising the Charities Act 2005 and we want to ensure the needs of member brigades registered as charities are represented. The Act currently ensures the provision by Charities Services of registration, reporting and monitoring systems for charities. The government is recognising the different needs of NZ’s diverse charities and how the Act needs to remain fit-for-purpose.

Firefighters and exposures to health-related risks

Posted on 25th March 2019

Presumptive Legislation A hot topic at the moment in the press is the announcement by the firefighters union (NZPFU) around it’s campaigning for a change to legislation to get a number of specific cancers covered by ACC as workplace related illnesses for firefighters. While this presumptive legislation issue is a highly emotive issue, and one we can all

Role modelling standards of behaviour

Posted on 14th March 2019

As a sector we are all very different people individually that have been brought together through a shared interest, drive or commitment. But despite our differences there are certain aspects that must be consistent and unified, and that is our behaviour. We were very disheartened recently when behaviour was demonstrated by brigade members at one of our events that was

Bill’s blog: Challenge events – so much more than games!

Bill’s blog: Challenge events – so much more than games!

Posted on 1st March 2019

This morning I joined over a hundred enthusiastic firefighters bright and early in a chilly Wainuiomata park for the National Waterway Challenge. Seeing the eager faces of the keen competitors and the many volunteer officials and local organising committee really hits home one of the reasons why the UFBA is so special. While our challenge events may not be for

Special recognition for volunteers deployed to the Nelson/Tasman fires

Posted on 22nd February 2019

The UFBA and FRFANZ recognise the unique nature and circumstances surrounding the major operations underway in Nelson/Tasman. The major deployment of resources in support of this fire are on a staggering scale requiring the cooperation of all FENZ personnel, working together under difficult and trying circumstances. Our associations are mindful that this is a unique and rare event for

FENZ and St John MoU - have your say on our submission!

Posted on 22nd February 2019

We invited your feedback to inform our joint submission to Fire and Emergency on their draft Memorandum of Understanding with St John. While some noted the existing relationship and cross-over of roles already in place for first responder brigades there were a number of concerns raised. Please review our submission below and give us your feedback to help give a

Shaping the positions under Service Delivery

Posted on 7th February 2019

With your voice we’ve already made suggestions to shape the FENZ Operating Model and the Strategic Leadership Team. Now it’s the next step in organisational design. This stage looks at the parts of Fire and Emergency that further drive integration – the team reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery. What this looks like at

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