Forest and Rural Fire Association of New Zealand
In 2017, UFBA and FRFANZ Associations voted for change – to merge the two organisations. In 2018, we engaged with members from both Associations across NZ and proposed how we may best go about the merger.
Members gave us a clear message – to dissolve both organisations would be overly disruptive, costly and not necessary to bring them together as one. We propose now to amend the UFBA Constitution for the combined organisation from November 2019.
Today, we are providing you with information to provide an update on progress and to ask for your feedback on key proposed changes to the Constitution.
You can find all the information you need in the links below the Merger update video:
- Merger Update – Version 1.0 includes both a merger update and a summary of draft changes proposed to the UFBA Constitution for the merged organisation, should that proceed later this year. A hard copy of this document is also being mailed to Brigades on Tuesday 13th August – keep an eye out for this in the mail.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – we have gathered common questions from our discussions to-date to inform our first set of FAQs.
If you have any feedback, questions and concerns, or would like to talk to someone about the merger please email us on: UFBA_FRFANZmerger@ufba.org.nz. We look forward to hearing from you at any time.
We’re also looking forward to growing into a single association that’s more inclusive, contemporary and fit-for-purpose in our modernised sector. With your brigade’s vote at Conference let’s make that happen!
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 Fire Emergency New Zealand (FENZ); Fire and Emergency New Zealand was formally established on 1 July 2017, after the New Zealand Fire Service, the National Rural Fire Authority, and 86 Rural Fire Authorities which covered 97% of land area in New Zealand, amalgamated to form one new organisation. Fire Emergency New Zealand has nationwide responsibility for fire safety, firefighting, hazardous substance incident response, vehicle extrication and urban search and rescue. 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.