UFBA is one of the parties to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) now in place following an urgent need to temporarily locate a Christchurch appliance at New Brighton Fire Station, effectively creating a composite brigade for the time being. Other signatories are the New Brighton Volunteer Fire Brigade, NZPFU and New Zealand Fire Service, Christchurch Area.
QFF Judith Stanley, the UFBA delegate on the Training Standards Committee, reports on what’s happening with the qualifications framework and how the UFBA is involved. She’s also heading up a new UFBA initiative to develop training posters for brigades on various aspects of firefighting.
Helpers with a variety of skills are needed to help make this event a success - from car prep to forklift operation.
Mike Hall, Chief Executive/National Commander, has released a statement clarifying recent media reports regarding the impact of the cost of the Canterbury earthquakes on the Fire Service.
The UFBA will be represented on the committee assisting with the restoration of all aspects within the Transalpine Fire Region, but particularly the consequences suffered in metropolitan Christchurch, following the February 22nd earthquake.
Volunteer Awareness Week is taking place from 19 to 25 June and, given that it is nationally promoted through Volunteering New Zealand, it is a great opportunity for brigades to raise awareness within their communities to bolster recruitment, fundraising initiatives, and brigade morale.
Far from the focus of well-publicised search and rescue operations in Christchurch’s CBD, out in suburbia fire crews were busily providing another essential post-quake service — restoring water supplies to the people.
The Australasian and World Road Rescue Challenges - originally scheduled to take place in Christchurch - will now be hosted in Wellington from 14 to 17 July 2011.
Billy T & me, an audio/visual stage show featuring Peter Rowley, is now touring New Zealand. It is a celebration of Peter’s association, writing and performing with the great Billy T James where they created the iconic comedy, which is now regarded as “kiwiana” at its best!
“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.”