UFBA News

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

NZ volunteers amongst world’s highest number of unpaid firefighters saving lives, property and $659M

NZ volunteers amongst world’s highest number of unpaid firefighters saving lives, property and $659M

Posted on 22nd June 2020

The 11,500 New Zealanders serving in voluntary brigades throughout the country are amongst the highest number of unpaid firefighters per capita in the world. Speaking at the start of National Volunteer Week, Bill Butzbach, UFBA Chief Executive, today marked the start of National Volunteer Week saying these largely unsung heroes saved New Zealand $659 million per year. “When you look at

FENZ announces service delivery structure and approach to rank and role

FENZ announces service delivery structure and approach to rank and role

Posted on 12th June 2020

Yesterday, Fire and Emergency NZ released their document outlining the decisions they have made on the service delivery branch organisational structure and confirmed the approach to rank. Key decisions include: Establishing 17 Districts across NZ led by 17 District Managers focused on increased community risk reduction, stakeholder engagement and implementing important strategies such as the “Volunteer Strategy”. Establishing 77 Group Manager

Benevolent Fund response to Covid-19 crisis

Benevolent Fund response to Covid-19 crisis

Posted on 22nd May 2020

Special fund set up The UFBA Benevolent Fund Trustees have been working hard over several weeks to put together a workable policy of assistance for members who are facing significant financial hardship due to the impact of the Covid-19 Crisis. Aside from the Fund’s normal day-to-day assistance to members experiencing financial hardship, we have, in the past, been

Message from the president

Posted on 21st May 2020

Well things have certainly changed since my last message. I hope this message finds all members and their families safe and well and looking forward to the times ahead. It is great to see and hear that everyone has been turning out to calls in their communities under such trying circumstances. You are all to be congratulated for your efforts

UFBA Drivers Challenge 2020 cancelled

Posted on 12th May 2020

We know many of our members are desperately hoping to return to our popular Challenge Events following Covid-19 lockdown. However, in light of ongoing and anticipated restrictions on events we must make the decision to cancel Drivers Challenge 2020.  The decision takes into account anticipated uncertainty around limiting gatherings to 100 people or less over shorter periods, being able to observe

Muster holidays for Service Honours during Covid-19

Posted on 8th May 2020

With the restrictions on gatherings due to Covid-19, we know it’s been impossible to hold conventional musters. A recommendation from our Service & Ceremonial Committee to the UFBA Board has been approved and so during Lockdown at Level 4 and Level 3 all brigade members are entitled to a ‘muster holiday’. This essentially means all those enrolled members,

UFBA AGM going online and Conference 2020 cancelled

Posted on 22nd April 2020

We’re taking our AGM online Kia Ora! This year will see the first ever online UFBA AGM! In the face of challenges under Covid-19 we’re planning to make this our most streamlined, modern AGM ever. We are looking to ensure every member brigade across New Zealand can access and play your part in the proceedings –

Events training blog: lockdown-friendly warm ups

Events training blog: lockdown-friendly warm ups

Posted on 20th April 2020

With some of this season's challenge events having been cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown, we want to make sure you're all keeping in shape prepared for next season. Christchurch Airport Fire Brigade member Tom Reid, a veteran of many challenge events and former Tech Panel Convenor, runs a Sunday Training School for challenge events. He wants to

Learn the new Waterway Rules for next season

Learn the new Waterway Rules for next season

Posted on 3rd April 2020

Kia ora koutou During these challenging times I want to share some positive changes we’re bringing to our Waterway event. We’ve put the revised UFBA Waterway Rules - to be implemented in the coming season - onto the website here, so please familiarise yourself with them. Simpler, more enjoyable Why are these important? Because we&rsquo

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