UFBA Newsletter | February 2012 - United Fire Brigades' Association


UFBA Newsletter | February 2012 - United Fire Brigades' Association

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.”

Testers Wanted

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

email christa.lawlor@ufba.org.nz.

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

New Zealand.

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

Challenges firsthand.”

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

Aviation Security.

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

2012 Conference

Accommodation and

Travel Information

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


In 2013

• National Drivers Challenge

• Region 1 Waterway Challenge

• Region 2 Waterway Challenge

• Region 3 Waterway Challenge

• Region 4 Waterway Challenge

• National Waterway Challenge

In 2014

• 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.

Waterway News

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

sarah@ufba.org.nz in the first instance

if you need to borrow equipment

or wish to request Technical Panel


17 – 19 February

National Road Crash Rescue Challenge,


31 March

Waterways Rules submissions due

27 – 29 April

Australasian Road Rescue Challenge, Tasmania

31 May

Expressions of Interest to host 2013

challenges closes

13 July – 19 October

Conference Registration open

16 – 18 November

134th Annual UFBA Conference,

New Plymouth

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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 piki.thomas@fire.org.nz 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

website www.firefighters.co.nz.

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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

supported by:

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