Rains have provided much needed relief across Australia and helped firefighters contain the vast blazes in New South Wales. We spoke with firefighters Mike and Kieran from rural and forest fire specialists Forest Protection Services (FPS) about their recent deployments to our neighbours across the Tasman suffering their worst drought and subsequent fires in known history.
Fifty degree celsius temperatures
Since the 1950s the Newlands Community, like many across New Zealand, recognised the need to form their own fire brigade, doing so in 1965. Much of the reasoning at the time still exists – Newlands even today remains a thriving community with some of the fastest growth seen in New Zealand. It also has certain vulnerabilities including access via potentially earthquake
In January Chinese authorities confirmed a new type of coronavirus 2019 (n-COV), which currently poses a low risk to New Zealanders. While so far the virus has been found in 2,000 (of 11 million) people in the Hubei Province, the World Health Organisation is taking this very seriously.
The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the evolving situation and Fire and Emergency has
Like so many of you, we at the Accord – the United Fire Brigades’ Association, NZ Firefighters Welfare Society and NZ Firefighters Credit Union - want to help our neighbours and firefighters in Australia.
We know that there are already a number of agencies providing effective support where it is needed. These agencies are well placed to address the
This weekend sees Carterton play host to over 100 firefighters, making up 17 teams and volunteer officials from brigades across the North Island, at the UFBA North Island Waterway Challenge.
It’s not just the hose under pressure! Firefighters will compete with speed, skill, precision, timing and team work to tackle elevated targets with fire hose.
With strict water restrictions in
It’s impossible to miss the devastating fires of unprecedented scale and intensity being faced by our neighbours across the Tasman in Australia. Australians have seen lives lost, over 1,200 homes and likely hundreds of businesses destroyed. The destruction of over 12 million hectares has seen the estimated loss of half a billion animals and plants with some likely extinctions of
Did you know the UFBA and FRFANZ maintain a close working relationship with Government advising on current issues and advocating for broader consideration of the sector to include volunteers? While we take a quieter approach – establishing a trusted and credible partnership – we believe change begins with conversations.
That’s why we’re pleased to see the
The recently reviewed MoU with St John had provision for all personnel to respond to more than purple calls eg red medical emergencies.
We are advised by Fire and Emergency Deputy Chief Executive for Service Delivery Kerry Gregory that this provision will not be actioned until personnel are appropriately trained for the work and responsibilities.
This is important so that
In March, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced a review into the way that Fire and Emergency is funded.
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is leading the review and has released a public consultation document on different funding options that can be viewed here https://www.dia.govt.nz/firefundingreview. The consultation closes with DIA in early February 2020 so
A big thank you to all who provided the fantastic feedback we received – a real variety of views but some common themes definitely shone through.
We have tried to represent all views in the submission, as our members are all types of brigades.
Some common themes were:
that although Fire and Emergency has good intentions for unifying urban and