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On the fire front – FPS on deployment in Australia

On the fire front – FPS on deployment in Australia

Posted on 19th February 2020

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

UFBA advocates to support the retention of Newlands VFB within Newlands

UFBA advocates to support the retention of Newlands VFB within Newlands

Posted on 10th February 2020

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

Bill’s blog – monitoring against coronavirus

Bill’s blog – monitoring against coronavirus

Posted on 30th January 2020

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

Helping those in Australia – a message from the Accord

Helping those in Australia – a message from the Accord

Posted on 28th January 2020

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

UFBA North Island Waterway Challenge and using water responsibly

UFBA North Island Waterway Challenge and using water responsibly

Posted on 28th January 2020

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

The Australian fires: Assisting those affected

The Australian fires: Assisting those affected

Posted on 6th January 2020

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

Minister committed to advocating for firefighters within Government

Posted on 14th November 2019

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

FENZ review of Memorandum of Understanding with St John.

Posted on 29th October 2019

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

Funding review consultation

Posted on 24th October 2019

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

The UFBA/FRFANZ provides Association voice through joint submission to FENZ

Posted on 21st October 2019

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

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