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:
- A mechanism is found which allows the year values of the two sets of awards to be aligned
- Members’ awards are kept up to date so that no one loses recognition of service
- Awards are approved and dispatched by the UFBA in a timely fashion
- All awards are presented at appropriate functions, at least annually, without undue delay
- Those recruits who join ex-Rural Brigades will receive only UFBA Awards
- There will be an expiry date by which time only UFBA awards will be worn
- Those who wish to switch from FRFANZ to solely UFBA awards can do so
- Those who wish to wear a combination of FRFANZ awards and UFBA awards can do so Combination of FRFANZ and UFBA awards may be worn on the same uniform: National Commander’s decision, 9th February 2010 – FRFANZ Policy, revised 3rd May 2019
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.
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