UFBA Newsletter | February 2012
Silverdale District was quick off the mark on
presenting its members with the IYV+10 medals
issued by the UFBA and NZFS Commission
the day after International Volunteer Day.
Members of the Silverdale and Manly brigades
that make up Silverdale District were honoured
at the local RSA, “a fitting place to present
medals,” said Chief Fire Officer Frank Mackereth.
Before presenting the medals, Local Board
member John Kirikiri, an ex-firefighter himself,
spoke of the commitment made by volunteers
to attend fires, including the disruptions caused
by pagers that go off anywhere, anytime,
including in the middle of the night.
A total of 68 volunteers - 46 from Silverdale Fire
Brigade and 22 from Manly - were presented
with medals recognising their service to their
A special award was also presented to Silverdale
Station Officer Ali Turner by Alan Bestwick
from the NZ Fire Brigade Institute. The award
recognised Ali as a Fellow of the Fire Brigade
PHOTOS (Paula Brown):
Top: QFF Andi Jackson and her daughter
RFF Alysha Watling from Manly after being
presented with their IYV + 10 awards.
Left: SO Ali Turner is presented with an NZFBI
Fellow award by New Zealand Fire Brigades’
Institute Councillor Alan Bestwick
Websites have become a must have
for every organisation – from big
businesses to small community groups.
Google “fire brigade” and you’ll find
several brigades listed. But the majority
of brigades haven’t yet developed their
own websites because they simply don’t
have the money, time or resources.
Many brigades recognise the value
of having a website as a tool for
recruitment, boosting community
support, promoting events,
fundraising, and recognising sponsors
and employers. But building and
maintaining a website can seem like a
daunting task – especially when there
are so many other things to worry about
when running a brigade.
The UFBA and Web Development
company Crescendo Multimedia
have been working on a solution that
will enable brigade members with
absolutely no web experience to easily
create a brigade website – free.
How Will it Work?
Brigades will designate a member
(or members) as administrators of
the website. These people must be
registered through the UFBA website
and will be given the ability to create
and edit the website with the Chief’s
Administrators will then be able to
upload photos and content, create
new pages and events, and edit any of
the content on a very simple interface.
There will be a pre-set template, but
brigades will be able to customise
colours and navigation to a certain
Web pages will be hosted through the
UFBA website, but brigades will have
the option to create their own unique
URLs or website addresses.
The UFBA and Crescendo will provide
support to brigades in setting up and
maintaining their new websites.
When Will it Launch?
“The content management system is
currently being built and we anticipate
that it will be completed by the end of
February,” says George Verry, UFBA Chief
Executive Officer. “Once it’s completed,
we plan to test it on members of
brigades and provincial associations,
and are looking for people to get
in touch with us if they’d like to be
involved in the testing phase.”
Verry says he anticipates that the tool
will be launched by the end of March.
“We have been looking for new ways
to support brigades, and we’re really
excited about this project. We wanted to
do something practical, cost effective,
and easy-to-use. We hope members will
take advantage of this tool – websites
really are invaluable ways to build the
profile of brigades in communities, and
to give the employers and organisations
that support our members the
recognition they deserve.”
The UFBA is now looking for
representatives from brigades to test
the website tool. If you are interested
in being involved in the process, please
The Road Incident Management Seminar will be held in Rotorua
on 5th and 6th March to support and promote the transfer and
exchange of best practice for managing incidents affecting roads in
The seminar is was created to facilitate the exchange of ideas to
further develop risk management and best practice and provide a
networking opportunity for those facing similar challenges in the
The seminar is to be held over a two day period. The two days
consist of key note speakers, paper presentations with trade
displays and networking opportunities over morning and lunch
time breaks. The Seminar dinner and entertainment will be
provided on the night of the 5th of March 2012.
For more information, go to www.rimseminar.co.nz.
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Hutt City to Host Emergency Services Games
Seventeen teams are confirmed to compete in the UFBA 2012
National Road Crash Rescue Challenge in Queenstown later this
The UFBA is pleased with the turnout, although 11 teams that had
originally expressed interest in the event had dropped out due to
difficulty getting time off work and a variety of other reasons.
“Our goal is to get as many brigades as possible to participate
in our Challenges, and the fact that almost 30 teams expressed
interest we think is very positive,” said George Verry, UFBA Chief
Executive Officer. “In Road Crash Rescue Challenges and all our
other events, the overwhelming majority of participants report
very valuable training experiences. We are pleased to have 17
teams registered, and in coming years we’ll be working to get
other brigades involved so they can experience the benefits of the
The Trauma Challenge was first introduced in the Australasian and
World Road Rescue Challenges in 2011, and has been added to the
RCR Challenge for the first time this year. The Trauma Challenge
focuses on medical response - in particular triage, diagnosis
and treatment. The New Zealand teams that participated in the
international events reported that the medics got a lot out of the
Trauma Challenge, and the UFBA believes the event will add value
for all the teams competing in the Nationals.
The 2012 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games
run from March 2-9 and there is something for everyone with 41
sports on offer.
Many volunteer and career firefighters will compete and there
will be good competition for participants of all skill levels and
Other agencies involved in the Games include Police, Customs,
Corrections, Fisheries, St John, Wellington Free Ambulance and
There is a strong contingent from Australia coming across for
the Games. For the first time ever, a Trans-Tasman clash will take
place in 6 sports on the final day of competition.
There is plenty to do and see in the Hutt and a spectacular
closing ceremony has been planned.
For more details, check out the Games website www.
2012 Key dates
Registration for the National Conference
will open on 13 July 2012. Information
about the Conference, including
registration documentation, will be sent
to brigades in early July.
Expressions of Interest
for Hosting Challenges
The UFBA Events Team is currently
seeking expressions of interest for
hosting the following upcoming
• National Drivers Challenge
• Region 1 Waterway Challenge
• Region 2 Waterway Challenge
• Region 3 Waterway Challenge
• Region 4 Waterway Challenge
• National Waterway Challenge
• National Drivers Challenge
• Region 1 & 2 RCR Challenge
• Region 3 & 4 RCR Challenge
• National RCR Challenge
Expressions close 31 May for 2013 events
and will remain open for 2014 events
until further notice. Email events@ufba.
org.nz to submit your expression of
interest or with any questions.
Updated Scoring Programme
The electronic scoring programme for
Waterway events has been updated and
is available on the UFBA website for use
in provincial and local competitions.
Provincial Secretaries and Presidents
have also received the Microsoft Excel
programme by email. Go to www.ufba.
challenge to download the file.
Waterway Challenge Rules
The Technical Panel is now taking
submissions on the current Waterway
Challenge Rules from brigades.
Submissions close on 31 March and
new rules will be released in late June.
Challenge Equipment /
The Technical Panel are available to any
brigade or Provincial Association that
wishes to host an event. Challenge
equipment is also available for use,
and can be requested by completing
the form on the website and returning
it to the UFBA office.
A number of Provincial Associations
and Brigades have taken the Technical
Panel up on the offer of assisting with
preparing for events or borrowing
The UFBA is pleased to have so much
interest, but reminds members that as
protocol, the Events Team based in the
UFBA office must be the first point of
contact for all such requests. Contact
Events Manager, Sarah Taylor, at
email@example.com in the first instance
if you need to borrow equipment
or wish to request Technical Panel
17 – 19 February
National Road Crash Rescue Challenge,
Waterways Rules submissions due
27 – 29 April
Australasian Road Rescue Challenge, Tasmania
Expressions of Interest to host 2013
13 July – 19 October
Conference Registration open
16 – 18 November
134th Annual UFBA Conference,
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2012 New Year Resolution
Why not look after yourself and your family in 2012 by joining the New
Zealand Firefighters Welfare Society and Healthcare 99. There is a long list
of benefits available to members. One of the most popular benefits is the
use of holiday homes. The NZFF Welfare Society has 5 properties, which all
sleep 11, at $65 a night.
Devonport Volunteer Fire Brigade
member Scylla Magalhaes recently wed
her fiancée, Sub Lieutenant Berend ter
Brake, at St Christopher’s chapel at the
Devonport naval base.
The groom had arranged a traditional
guard of honour with an archway of
swords formed by his naval colleagues,
and the bride took no convincing to
combine it with an archway of fire axes
formed by members of her brigade.
As member you are also eligible to join Healthcare 99. The younger you
are the cheaper the contribution rate and the fewer exclusions, if any, you
will have in the years to come. Check out our web site www.firefighters.
org.nz for more information. Also check out “The New Zealand Firefighters
Welfare Society” facebook page.
“I was shown a photo of a fireman’s
wedding from the 1920’s and said ‘That’s
so cool! I want that too!’”
“Since coming to New Zealand from
Brazil, the brigade has become my
family here,” said Scylla. “I was really
pleased to have them do this for me.”
The hardest part was finding six axes in
good enough condition to be used for
the archway, but with a good polish the
borrowed axes came up looking great.
“I knew the naval officer’s swords and
uniforms would be looking pretty sharp,
so I had to make sure our uniforms
and axes looked just as good,” says SFF
Andrew Keith who organised the guard
of honour. “We all wanted her day to be
as special as possible.”
The bride received the traditional ‘smack
on the bum’ with the flat of a sword from
the last sailor in the guard of honour as
she passed by.
The bride and groom were driven
from the chapel to the reception in the
Devonport Volunteer Fire Brigade’s
appliance, the second time it has been
used as wedding transport in recent
years for brigade members.
The New Zealand Firefighters Welfare Society
Benefits of Membership
Funeral Benefit - up to age 60 - Adult $3000 - Child $1000
Holiday and Convalescent Homes - $65.00 a night
Gift Baskets - Sickness at Home or in Hospital
Discretionary Loans and Grants - up to $500
Ambulance Assistance Benefit - up to $500 pa
Home Visits - from WSSR
In Hospital Visits - from WSSR
In Hospital TV Rental
Corrective Lens Benefit - first pair $150 - $300 pa
Hearing Aid Benefit - up to $250 pa
Birth of a Child Benefit - $50 per new born
Also Assistance with the following costs
Travel Costs for out of Town Medical Visits
30¢ per km up to $100 per claim - up to $250 pa
Hospital Parking Benefit - up to $150 pa
Home Help - temporarily incapacitated - at $20 per day - $250 pa
Counselling - $150 pa
Adoption - up to $250 per claim - $500 pa
The cost? - Only $3.00 per week
firefighters helping firefighters
awhi atu awhi mai
Applications are now being accepted for the Dr Sir John Te
Ahikaiata Turei Memorial Grant. This grant is available to all
personnel who are contemplating or currently learning te reo
Māori. The grant is an initiative to enhance the New Zealand Fire
Service’s overall service delivery capability to the community and
will be offered to applicants who would contribute to the ability
of the NZFS to work more effectively with the Māori speaking
The grant will be available to assist with tuition fees, resources and
operational cover directly related to your course.
Please send applications detailing your course of learning including
any financial considerations to Piki Thomas, PO Box 7267, Rotorua,
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on Friday 24th
February 2012 for consideration.
For further, please contact Piki Thomas, Pou Herenga Maori/
National Maori Advisor, DDI 04 439 7805 or 027 2448784
The application is available on Firenet or through the UFBA website.
The New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union:
Financial Services for the Emergency Services
Contact us now on freephone 0508 613328 or visit our
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Brigade To-Do List
Update Your Brigade Details
New CEO or Secretary? Has your brigade address or contact
details changed? Have you launched a new website or gotten a
new email address? Help us keep our records up to date by going
to www.ufba.org.nz and taking two minutes to complete the
Update Brigade Details Form.
Make a Submission on the Proposed
Revised Model Rules of Association
Deadline for submissions has been moved to 31 March. Visit
www.ufba.org.nz for more information.
The UFBA is proudly
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Ph. 04 237 0265