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
Today we hosted another special Associated Agencies Meeting. We carried on our previous discussion around psychological wellbeing for firefighters. Attendees came from UFBA, FRFANZ, FECA, Sports Council, Welfare Society, plus representatives from Fire and Emergency including Brendan Nally (Deputy Chief Executive - People), and firefighter Josh Darby, author of the Why We 360 report and Jim Ryburn, FENZ Welfare Officer from
Presumptive Legislation and Psychological Wellbeing
While we acknowledge Mental Health Awareness week, this is not a subject that can remain confined to just seven days. These are conversations we need to have every week of the year (and not just the rainy ones during winter!).
The UFBA is driving a workshop on psychological wellbeing, inviting our partners at the Associated Agencies to work in collaboration.
Facts about UFBA’s sector advocacy for volunteers
Our close relationship with FENZ meant we were asked to review the recently published consultation document on the proposed structure and approach to rank prior to its embargoed release. Changes were made following our submission and you can now have your say direct to Fire and Emergency or contribute to
We’d like to share the announcement from FENZ Chief Executive Rhys Jones about the extension to the date for consultation on a proposed organisational structure and approach to rank and role. UFBA and FRFANZ submitted robust submissions on early draft proposals, on things that we knew would not sit well with you. We are pleased that FENZ have