Thinking About Learning

Posted on 9th September 2010

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.

Awhitu Volunteer Rural Fire Force Adds Value for its Community

Posted on 9th September 2010

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.

Workload Still Constant for Christchurch Firefighters

Posted on 8th September 2010

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.

Auckland’s Successful Fire Field Camp

Posted on 7th September 2010

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.

Man on Fire: Raising Awareness for Burn Prevention in New Zealand

Posted on 7th September 2010

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.

NZFS Volunteer Sustainability Project

Posted on 6th September 2010

An Update From Rachel De Haas of the NZFS Human Resources Team.

Enlarged Rural Fire Districts

Posted on 2nd September 2010

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.

Super City = Super Rural Fire Authority?

Posted on 26th August 2010

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.

Rurals Added to Our Website Family

Posted on 26th August 2010

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.

Alcohol Reform Report - Fire Stations a Special Case

Posted on 25th August 2010

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.

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