By Judith Stanley, the UFBA’s Representative on the National Training Standards Committee
Training and learning are two parts of the same equation that leads to competent firefighters. As individual firefighters, we rely on the skills developed during training to see us right when we respond to a range of incidents. Learning is a survival skill, on and off the job.
Fire Chief Howard Logan and his brigade found a way to better serve the residents of the Awhitu Peninsula in South Auckland – and it’s all based on building solid relationships.
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.