“The Australasian Firefighters Championship is being held in Port Macquarie, Australia in October,” says George Verry, UFBA Chief Executive Officer. “And previously the teams representing New Zealand in the Australasians have been selected based on their performances in the National Waterway Challenge that precedes it.”
The Christchurch earthquake may have happened over a month ago, but it hasn’t been forgotten by the fire community. Time and again, we’ve witnessed the generous spirit of firefighters and their families, as well as industy organisations - all doing their part to help raise money for the UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal. Keep up the good work!
Ten days since the big quake, and the Benevolent Fund has helped more than 90 firefighters and their families...
Only a week after the devastating earthquake, fundraisers are already in full swing at brigades throughout the country. The UFBA has gotten wind of a few brigades that are raising money to contribute to the UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal, and we’re sure we’ll hear of more. Thank you to everyone who has given so generously of time and money to support the members of our Christchurch fire family. If you’re looking to do something to help, but haven’t quite figured out what, perhaps the efforts of the Kumeu and Ngongotaha Volunteer Fire Brigades will provide some inspiration...
The New Zealand Fire Service has been overwhelmed by offers of assistance coming from firefighters and brigades throughout the country. After discussions with UFBA Chief Executive Officer George Verry, the Fire Service’s National Coordinator, Bill Butzbach, has released the following communication to brigades through Firenet.
Already the New Zealand Fire Service Commission and many brigades and individuals around the country have generously rallied around the UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal. Now the UFBA is turning its sights toward the global fire and rescue community while continuing to promote within New Zealand.
The UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal, which was set up directly after the 4th September Canterbury Earthquake, is making another push to raise funds to support firefighters and their families who have been affected by the latest Christchurch Earthquake.
In support of the Canterbury relief efforts, the United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA) Board has opted to cancel the National Waterway Challenge, which was scheduled to be held in Carterton this weekend.
President of the UFBA, CFO Ian Lindsay says he regrets the cancellation of the 2011 National Waterway Challenge, but circumstances arising from the National State of Emergency generated in Christchurch left little alternative.
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