Remote access to FRFANZ emails and the portal-update
This is an official communication from the FRFANZ Executive advising of an important matter that will be introduced at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on 2 August 2017. This notification is issued in accordance with Section 12.1 of the organisations Constitution.
Just a heads up that some personnel may be still having problems accessing their Fire and Emergency NZ email accounts remotely from their computer or phone (WebMail). The ICT team continues to work on resolving this issue with Microsoft, who are providing support and advice from their international offices.
I am waiting on advice on how best to proceed, and will provide an update to personnel later today on next steps.
The ICT team has confirmed with a number of career and volunteer firefighters that the Portal is accessible remotely, and that operational systems, such as SMS, are unaffected and continue to be accessible through the Portal. Personnel already transferred to Office365 should be able to access emails remotely, after logging in again.
In the meantime, all personnel who are affected can access work emails and the Portal from devices located on-station, in an Area Office, or at NHQ, or at home if they have a FENZ issued laptop that has Windows 10. Remember that Regional and National Notices, as well as News items, are on the home page of the Portal and can be accessed from anywhere –https://portal.fireandemergency.nz.
Unfortunately, due to the large volume of spam emails generated last week by non-authorised individuals remotely accessing FENZ’s email system, we had to block all remote access. This was to keep the system secure. It is now safe but all users are required to change their passwords to ensure that it remains secure. Click here to see more about the background to this issue, published on the Portal on Monday.
Again, we apologise to personnel for the inconvenience this issue has caused and we are working to resolve it as fast as we can. If you could share this message with your members to keep them informed with what is happening, we would appreciate it.
Director Information and Communications Technology
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF RURAL FIRE FIGHTING, FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION MEASURES BY ALL MEANS, INCLUDING THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF RESEARCH
FRFANZ is a national association that represents people and organisations concerned with fire and fire protection in the forests and rural areas of New Zealand. Responsibility for fires in these areas lies with the Rural Fire Authorities (RFA); there are 86 RFA’s covering 97% of the land area of NZ. The remaining 3% is urban fire district area for which the New Zealand Fire Service, a national organisation, is responsible. The National Rural Fire Authority is tasked with the co-ordination of the RFA’s at a national level. However, delivery of rural fire protection and suppression of wild-land fires remains with the rural fire services that are funded and overseen by RFA’s. RFA’s can be territorial local authorities, statutory committees, government departments and military. Therefore, the rural fire services are much more diverse that the urban fire service. FRFANZ’s role is to develop and provide communication links between all those involved in rural fire from the fire fighters to national administrators. The Association meets its role in many ways, including holding annual conferences with overseas speakers, promoting rural fire competitions, sharing information, lobbying, assisting with the publication of research reports, and providing service honours to fire fighters
Communication from FRFANZ to its Members
This is an official communication from the FRFANZ Executive advising of an important matter that will be introduced at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on 2 August 2017. This notification is issued in accordance with Section 12.1 of the organisations Constitution.Draft Communication from FRFANZ
Below displayed are the Conference Funding Letter, describing a brief view of what kind of all the expenses covered for FRFANZ members to help them fund their Attendance to FRFANZ Conference followed by the Application form to claim General expenses.