UFBA News

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

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

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