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
In response to recent public commentary by some regarding rank and role, we want to assure our members that the United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA), Forest and Rural Fire Association NZ (FRFANZ) and Rural Professional Association (RPA), collectively part of the Partner Agencies that support the reform, are working in partnership with FENZ to advocate on your behalf. We
Tenā koutou katoa
It’s been a while since I wrote to you all. The team in the UFBA office have been absolutely buzzing with activity – it’s an especially busy period for us all at the moment, but an exciting one.
Merger progress - watch this space
We’ve got progress on the merger –
Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin yesterday announced a $4 million-a-year package to recognise the contribution made by Fire and Emergency volunteers to communities across New Zealand. This is timely during National Volunteer Week, which is all about recognising the contribution of volunteers to New Zealand’s economy and wellbeing.
UFBA and FRFANZ brigade members have been providing a sounding board
The UFBA Advocacy and support service
your first choice for conflict resolution and complaints
Every Fire and Emergency email address will have received a notice about the new interim Complaints process sent from Fire and Emergency.
We’re glad this process will not be necessary for the vast majority of you for whom brigade life is without conflict –