Service Honours Alignment and Transition

  Posted on 1st October 2020 by Nick Cottrell in UFBA blog, UFBA News

Progress update 1

Central to a firefighter’s uniform are the personal awards worn with pride to show the individual’s years of service to the community. United Fire Brigade Association (UFBA) service awards were instigated in 1881. Forest and Rural Fire Association of New Zealand (FRFANZ) service awards have been issued for decades.

With the merge of the two organisations nearly complete, it’s timely to arrange for the transition towards one set of service awards for all members: UFBA awards have been chosen.

Graeme McIntyre, Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer and FRFANZ Awards Coordinator, and Ric Carlyon, LHM and Chair of the UFBA’s Service and Ceremonial Committee have been working with the Membership Services Team to consider how an alignment and transition should happen. Together we have established a process that has been approved by both associations and we believe will continue to celebrate both sets of awards during the transition process.

We have agreed protocols to guide our work:

We believe the transition to one set of awards could take up to 25 years.

In our next update, we’ll discuss the different year-values of the awards and how the difference may be aligned. We’ll outline how in future, both FRFANZ and UFBA awards might be worn together and note a timeframe for this.

If you have any questions about this work, please contact the Membership Services Team or

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