In the wake of the Christchurch earthquake, crews of firefighters in the area have been working nonstop to deal with the massive workload, with calls still flooding in.
Hot firefighting and realistic scenarios were the keys to the success of the recent biennial Fire Field Camp held at Whangaparaoa under the auspices of the Auckland District Fire Brigades’ Sub-Association.
At the 2010 Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigades’ Conference and Waterway Challenge, hosted by Browns VFB, the proceeds from the "Sheriffs" session and the donations at the Sunday Service totalled $610-00, this was recently delivered to the South Auckland Health Foundation by a Member of the Browns Brigade.
An Update From Rachel De Haas of the NZFS Human Resources Team.
For about a decade the National Rural Fire Authority’s objective has been to merge smaller Rural Fire Authorities with larger ones to create enlarged rural Fire Districts. This process was interrupted by the proposed reform of fire services in New Zealand in the mid-2000s but the push towards amalgamation is on again, supported by the Minister of Internal Affairs and the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, with transition led by the National Rural Fire Officer.
Plans for the new Auckland Super City, merging 8 local authorities, meant amalgamation, too, of the present rural Fire Authorities. Confronted with this change, about a dozen Rural Fire Forces (RFFs) throughout greater Auckland asked the UFBA to assist with advocacy as the plans emerged for the new, enlarged, rural fire entity.
We have added a section on our website for Rural fire-fighting interests. For many years the UFBA has included volunteer Rural Fire Forces in its memberships and now, with major changes in the rural sector, we are providing their own section on the UFBA website.
The just-released Government report on alcohol reform recommends fire station canteens remain exempt from having to hold a licence to sell or supply alcohol.
In June, Otaki Volunteer Fire Brigade was recognised at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety awards in the category of best design or technology initiative.
The Fire Service is undertaking a project to replace all 3500 of its current BA sets. Many of the current sets are approaching 18 years old and are becoming more costly to service and maintain. There have also been a number of developments over the last 5-10 years in BA technology and wearer safety functionality that the Fire Service would like to evaluate to see if it has any benefits to our wearers.