FRSITO, the New Zealand Fire and Rescue Services ITO, is currently undertaking a review of the qualifications framework. Judith Stanley, the UFBA’s representative on the National Training Standards Committee, was commissioned to put together a submission to FRSITO with input from the UFBA’s Training and Resources focus group.
Now it’s our turn, time to help our own. An opportunity to make things just a little more bearable for those firefighters who lost most of what they had in those few minutes on 4th September and who now find that their lives will never again be quite the same. Fire brigades throughout New Zealand are being asked to help those colleagues who most need it.
Waterway teams from around the country are gearing up and getting excited for the 2010-11 season. Provincial competitions are already in full swing around the country, and the Technical Panel has been busy attending these events.
The UFBA has booked sought-after speaker Peter Baines to address delegates on leadership at the Annual Conference later this month.
In this month's NZFBI featured article, the author focuses on the planning and preparedness for any type of confined-space rescue.
One of the unexpected duties in my term as President has been the bittersweet task of distributing funds to those most in need as a result of the devastating effects of the Canterbury earthquake.
For the firefighters of Canterbury, the past month has been taxing as they put themselves aside to assist the communities in which they live. Many brigades received more calls in a week then they would normally in one year. I extend huge appreciation to each of you — and to your families for supporting you — in the tremendous work you have done over the past month.
FRSITO is undertaking a project on Literacy and Numeracy. We hope the results of this project will help develop more effective training resources. Please read on to see how you can help.
Warren Maslin of Ashburton is the only known volunteer firefighter from New Zealand competing in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in November. He’ll be competing in the Individual Over 40 category, and also in the Tandem category with American Jimmy Roger.
When disaster struck, they jumped to the aid of their communities – no hesitation, no questions asked. Many brigades in the area reported that they responded to more calls in the week following the earthquake than they would during the course of a typical year.