Strengthening firefighters’ skills

  Posted on 4th April 2017 by Loralee Hyde in Event News, UFBA News

The 11th UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop took place in Wellington from 16-18 March bringing the total number of graduates to 169 personnel around the country.

UFBA Leadership & Governance Workshop

Participants from urban, composite, rural and industrial brigades attended this workshop—proving this course is beneficial for every kind of firefighter.

Taking part were Blair Reeve (Te Puke), Cheryl Clarke (Eltham), Colin Drummond (Waiuku), Dean Tutton (Tawa), Gordon Foster (Hastings Rural), Jessica Percasky (Sumner), Jude Patterson (Lawrence), Kim Hall (Taradale), Lee Swinburn (Greymouth), Lisa Cargill (Hokitika), Steven Fennell (Carterton), Sandy Barnes (Te Aroha), Tearo Kelemete (UFBA), Tina Singer (Runanga), Troy Plowman (Glenbrook Industrial) and Warwick Briggs (Te Atatu).

Key UFBA strategy

Chief Executive Officer George Verry says promoting and providing leadership and governance development for our members is a key strategy of the UFBA.

“Strengthening leadership and governance skills leads to more successful operation of brigades and rural fire forces,” George says.

“Leadership is a quality that every firefighter can demonstrate both in their community and in their personal life.

“The UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop is the ideal course to enhance the skills of our firefighters—which will contribute to both their personal growth and the operation of their brigades.”

Workshop graduates are providing an excellent consultancy resource for UFBA and FRFANZ advocacy processes. George says many graduates have made themselves available to help out with member consultation during the transition to FENZ.

“Their leadership and guidance is a major factor in achieving the tremendous response we get when gathering feedback.”

Despite attending many leadership courses over the years, I felt this was the best one I had ever attended. This course would be very beneficial for Rural Fire Force Controllers / Leaders to assist them with their roles both in their fire forces and in their day to day lives in the community.” Gordon Foster, Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer, Hastings

Next workshops

George says the UFBA is holding a special Leadership and Governance Workshop catering for rural fire forces from 22-24 June in Wellington.

“We are keen to offer this opportunity to our rural colleagues as they meet the challenges of the transition to the new FENZ environment.” Click here to see how you can strengthen your skills

A  further UFBA workshop will take place from 14-16 September. Find out more here

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