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Flu vaccinations for Fire and Emergency operational personnel

Flu vaccinations for Fire and Emergency operational personnel

Posted on 1st April 2020

Flu vaccinations are now available for Fire and Emergency operational personnel! We're supporting Fire and Emergency with this message to encourage all operational personnel (and at a later date non-operational) to get the flu jab! Protecting yourself - to protect your ability to support your community - is more important now than ever. While the flu vaccine won&rsquo

A message from UFBA President James Walker

A message from UFBA President James Walker

Posted on 31st March 2020

I want to reach out to you all with a message of hope. We’re living in unprecedented times. The most unsettling during peace time. With over 11,000 volunteers in our service we know so many of you will be impacted personally in your own private lives as businesses across New Zealand suffer. As we are told to isolate and

Update: Supporting work to reduce firefighter occupational cancer risks

Update: Supporting work to reduce firefighter occupational cancer risks

Posted on 6th March 2020

Following the announcement last week about the new ACC tool to assess firefighters suffering with cancer, here is an update from Fire and Emergency NZ. We commend FENZ for considering overarching preventative measures, and the current model will support nine firefighters currently experiencing cancer. These are important positive steps. We’ll continue the conversation, including with government, until all

Firefighter-related cancers to be assessed by toxicology experts for ‘work-related’ claims to ACC

Firefighter-related cancers to be assessed by toxicology experts for ‘work-related’ claims to ACC

Posted on 26th February 2020

Following the work the Professional Fire Fighters Union is leading to get firefighter-related cancers recognised by ACC, the UFBA is disappointed to learn that the decision has been made not to support presumptive legislation that would automatically recognise specific cancers as work-related illnesses. The UFBA was hopeful the presumptive legislation would be adopted, ultimately paving the way for all firefighters

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

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