The New Zealand Fire Service has released a paper detailing the proposal for a revised regional model. UFBA brigades and other UFBA member organisations and/or any person otherwise associated with the UFBA are invited to submit comment to this Office no later than 7 February 2011 in order for the UFBA to lodge a submission with NZFS if appropriate.
The UFBA Fireshop is closed from 4.30pm on Wednesday, 19 January until 9am Wednesday 26 January due to Wellington Anniversary weekend (Monday 24 January) and a stocktake. Orders can be placed by fax and email but will not be actioned until Wednesday 26 January.
There have been several changes to UFBA personnel and, for the first time elections have been governed under the new UFBA Constitution, Rules, and Regulations.
This year's NZFS Forum included the latest on the Volunteer Sustainability Survey, a recap on the Christchurch Earthquake response by Paul McGill, and a presentation on the organisation's financial status.
Two remits were considered at Conference: both were passed.
During the Fire Service Forum at the recent UFBA Conference, Paul McGill said he believed the order for the replacement BA sets will be the biggest ever from one manufacturer. It’s huge even by global standards.
Canteens on stations has been a hot topic around the UFBA, and CEO George Verry believes that responsibly and safely managing brigade bars comes down to the leadership of brigade members. So he invited the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) to come along to conference to speak on why responsible drinking is important, and what brigades can do to help change the drinking culture.
DCFO Russell Hayes was invited to speak at conference on how Brooklands, one of the worst affected brigades, held it together to do a huge service for their local community after the Canterbury earthquake struck.
“There are two types of leadership: positional leadership and leadership without authority,” said Peter Baines, this year’s conference key-note speaker. “True leaders are identified by their actions and reactions. It’s people who have ability rather than authority who are the leaders in times of crisis.”
The first message to members from new President Ian Lindsay.