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UFBA’s support sees Newlands brigade stay in Newlands

UFBA’s support sees Newlands brigade stay in Newlands

Posted on 18th September 2020

Newlands Volunteer Brigade and their north-Wellington community has been heard, the fire station is moving to a temporary site in Newlands. The fight’s not over just yet and the UFBA is committed to continue its support. In February,UFBA Director Brenda Pilott presented to a packed community hall on the clear need and desire by the community and

MAP update: Scheduling medical co-response training

MAP update: Scheduling medical co-response training

Posted on 16th September 2020

Members have been in touch with us through our Membership Advisory Panel (MAP) to raise their concerns about the current scheduling of medical co-response training and first aid training. There are two clear issues, one is around the operational response status of brigade members and the other the reasonableness of a Saturday training format. This matter isn’t straightforward,

MESSAGE FROM UFBA CHAIR RICHIE SMITH

Posted on 1st September 2020

Many of you would be aware that we are currently investigating two separate allegations from two volunteer firefighters involving the UFBA Chief Executive. It was alleged that these incidents occurred several years ago, and this matter is being fully investigated by an independent QC.  In the meantime, I have taken over Chief Executive duties while the complaints are investigated.

Reminder: Advocacy and Support Services for UFBA Members

Posted on 27th August 2020

Your Association has an Individual Advocacy Service available, with an established network of support volunteers across New Zealand, including an experienced Advocate who works full time overseeing complaints and procedure. This trained and experienced team work discreetly across a range of complaints and 60% of cases are resolved within 30 days.  In the last 12 months they’ve handled over 109 cases

Service Honours presentations during Level 2 and 3 alerts

Posted on 18th August 2020

We encourage you to consider Government Covid-19 restrictions when you’re planning your Service Honours presentations. This information is written to provide an overview of the current restrictions under Levels 2 and 3 and some things to think about when planning a service honours presentation. Covid-19 remains a real ongoing risk and nobody can anticipate what may happen in weeks ahead

Let’s shine a light on helmet torches

Let’s shine a light on helmet torches

Posted on 13th August 2020

Volunteers have been asking for helmet torches for years and one brigade has taken the positive step of trialling and recommending a torch. Takaka Volunteer Fire Brigade approached the UFBA’s Membership Advisory Panel (MAP) to gain their support to consult with members on issuing a standard helmet torch to Fire and Emergency NZ operational personnel and asking members

Reach out for professional help and support

Posted on 11th August 2020

Change is needed, change is coming This week should see Fire and Emergency release the all-too important code of behaviour that accompanies the behavioural policies. This is crucial to knowing agreed boundaries for all types of behaviour and creating a safer and more inclusive culture. This is long overdue and has been a long time in the making. There are

Responding creatively in a challenging financial climate

Posted on 31st July 2020

Kia ora, There is no denying this has been a hard year financially for many people and businesses across New Zealand, and the fire and emergency sector is by no means an exception. Fire and Emergency have seen a reduction of around 5% in the Fire Levy that funds the service and consequently, are taking a cautious and measured approach to

Bill’s Blog: UFBA work with FENZ to Enhance Mental Health Research

Posted on 7th July 2020

Kia ora, Last Friday I met with Fire and Emergency and NZPFU to discuss a research brief into the prevalence of mental health impacts amongst firefighters. This was a very positive discussion that recognised the critical importance of this work as a foundation for establishing the best possible Psychological Wellbeing programme for firefighters. NZPFU made a strong case that the

Bill’s blog: How we came to the annual $659 million value of volunteer firefighters

Posted on 30th June 2020

We've had a few member enquiries regarding the valuation of volunteer firefighters annual contribution we quoted in the media last week. The valuation represents an economists view as opposed to a pure financial accounting view and factors in variables and differences to account for the fact not all firefighters nor stations are the same.  The valuation ascribes an

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