UFBA welcomes David Lattimore in new advocacy role

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UFBA is pleased to announce the appointment of David Lattimore in a fixed term role as a Regional Advocate based in Auckland.

Coming from a long line of firefighters, David has been a volunteer for 44 years starting with Devonport, East Coast Bays composite brigades and is currently the SSO for the Silverdale brigade. As a Past President and Life Honourary Member of the Auckland Provincial and Sub Associations, David knows all too well the value and strength associations bring in supporting essential connections between brigades.

His family are following in the emergency response footsteps with his wife being Treasurer for Silverdale VFB, and two of his three sons are volunteers, and another training who is an EMT while finishing his degree to be a Paramedic.

Like all volunteers David’s richness of experience comes from working life alongside his firefighting career. As a former executive and delegate for E tū, New Zealand’s biggest private sector union, he brings a wealth of advocacy experience, representing for fairness and rights. As Flight Services Manager for Air New Zealand David held positions as a H&S advisor, Cabin Safety Accident Investigator,  and Emergency Procedures and Human Factors Trainer. Health and safety and accident prevention remain a subject of keen interest. 

UFBA CEO Bill Butzbach celebrates David’s appointment. ‘David brings a senior operational lens and experience in high performance engagement, and will be an invaluable addition to our team as we continue to support member brigades and Fire and Emergency towards meeting their reform obligations,’ says Mr Butzbach.

David’s role over the next six months will be focusing on current matters within Regions and ensuring firefighters have a strong voice as the “unification phase” of the fire sector reform process gathers momentum.

David Lattimore