Know Your Smoke: Dangers of Fire Smoke
Welcome to the New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union.
The NZPFU is a key partner with the Fire Service in delivering the Fire Service's strategic vision of reducing the incidence and consequence of fire and to provide a professional response to other emergencies.
NZPFU representatives are based on all career fire stations. There are also 19 Union Locals in the major metropolitan and principal centres where career firefighters are employed.
Do you have a great idea that could make a positive impact for the Fire Service?
The Firefighters’ Scholarship is established for career Firefighters and Officers up to SSO rank, and Comcen staff.
The Scholarship provides an opportunity to study domestically and overseas, research world’s best practice or undertake a project that will benefit the NZFS. Proposals must be relevant to the NZFS strategic plan and/or demonstrate innovative approaches to contributing to the welfare of the organisation.
To download an application form and find out more information please visit our webpage on: NZFS FireNet or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: 3 November 2016
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Incident Command Project Evaluation
Aaron Waterreus is about to commence a survey of those who attended NTC to undertake the 5 day Incident Command Training.
Aaron has contacted the Union and the Union endorses your participation in the survey.
It is important that we know what you thought was good or was bad and how the training can be improved.
This is your chance to have input.
Auckland City Fire Area - Fire Risk Manager Secondment
Attached is an Area vacancy for the position of Fire Risk Manager for the Auckland City Fire Area for a period of two months.
The Union strongly recommends to members that no-one applies for this vacancy.
The Union expresses its direction to members on the basis of concerns it has about issues relating to the position.
Currently there is one Union member stood down from his role in this department and there is also a second Union member who has relocated from working within this department and works within the Regional Office.
It would be the Union’s position that until such time as the current matters, which are subject to concern within this department, are resolved, members should not take up the secondment position.
It is disappointing that Area Management have not consulted with the Union regarding the advertising of this secondment. Given the involvement of Assistant Area Manager Dave Woon in the events occurring within this department, although disappointing, it is not surprising that he has chosen to ignore the Union and seek any joint consultation on this matter.
The Union’s position is very clear that no member should apply and take up this position.
If any member has currently submitted an application, then they should immediately withdraw this.
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Newsletter to Members - 22 September 2016
Available for download is a copy of the Union Submission on the Bill.
The Submission was presented to the Select Committee on Wednesday 21 September and verbal submissions were made in support.
The Union was given 45 minutes before the Select Committee to make its presentation (usually Submission are given 15 minutes).
The Submission (which speaks for itself) was well received and Select Committee members appeared well aware of the various concerns the Union raised.
The Union has organised, in conjunction with the Transition Office, a meeting of Delegates (essentially a Conference) for 23 September, for Delegates to both obtain further information and provide comments on the Transition to FENZ.
Paul Swain, Paul Baxter, David Strong (Director – Transition Project) and other senior officials of the Transition Office will be in attendance and will present to Delegates.
Every Local will have representation at this meeting and will be able to take back to Locals the most up to date and relevant information.
Further to the information provided in the last Newsletter.
Subsequent to that Newsletter, the Transition Office was in quick contact with the Union. Arising out of the discussion, the Union asked the Transition Office to provide a proposal as to what they saw as appropriate for those accepting a Secondment to the Transition Office.
Unfortunately what they came back with was hardly satisfactory.
Anyone accepting a Secondment on the basis of the above vague arrangements would be foolish indeed.
The Union has advised the Transition Office that these arrangements are unsatisfactory. Given the Transition Office seems unable to come up with a detailed Secondment proposal/arrangement – let alone Conditions that would attract applicants – the Union will further develop a proposal.
Our advice therefore in the previous Newsletter still stands.
Arising out of another investigation, the Fire Service have determined to investigate students who have participated in Canberra Institute of Technology courses (essentially Fire Safety Officers).
The Union sees this as some sort of wild goose chase that has nothing underpinning its necessity.
The Union is not aware of any concerns expressed by the Canberra Institute and one would expect any investigation into alleged impropriety with an academic Institution to at least involve that Institution.
Management have appointed a lawyer, Richard Fowler, to conduct this Investigation.
The Union would strongly recommend any members approached by Richard Fowler to have nothing to do with any investigation.
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Secondment to FENZ Transition Office – Be Careful
Because the FENZ Director and workstream leads have absolutely no knowledge of the Fire Service, its operational functions, the culture – basically how the Fire Service operates.
They need you to provide this institutional knowledge and expertise – they want to take your intellectual property. And it looks like these people who are being paid thousands of dollars a week want to take your intellectual property for free.
The Union have been told that Firefighters representation (the Union) will somehow be involved in the workstream process – but not how and/or when.
The Union was generally aware that FENZ would be seeking seconding from Operational members – but not when – and FENZ has never approached the Union to negotiate or even discuss appropriate term and conditions, FENZ claims there is a job description but the Union has never seen it.
Clearly FENZ bureaucrats believe they can unilaterally impose conditions and job descriptions on Firefighters.
Well, the Union says they can’t and won’t.
Conditions like to
And no doubt a few more.
The Union says all these things need to be negotiated and agreed collectively before the commencement of any secondment.
It is too late to come to the Union with concerns and complaints after the event.
FENZ bureaucrats need you because they know they seriously lack the necessary knowledge and expertise. They need to take your intellectual property.
The only thing in doubt is whether these very highly paid consultants steal your intellectual property or whether you get a fair reward for your intellectual property.
The Union very strongly recommends to any member thinking of expressing an interest in these secondments to
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Newsletter to Members - 24 August 2016
The following information, put out by the Fire service, is provided for you information. Greg Lee (National Committee member) has been involved with the CIPSS team to further develop this support service.
The Critical Incident and Personal Stress Support (CIPSS) programme is being rolled out across the New Zealand Fire Service and National Rural Fire Authority. CIPSS promotes a range of options to support the psychological wellbeing and resilience of all NZFS personnel. This support includes Region Safety Wellbeing Coordinators, Peer Support, the Injury Management Unit and referral to external providers.
CIPSS presentations have been provided at Region management team meetings, Region Volunteer Leadership Conferences and are now being rolled out to Officers and Firefighters.
Two of the resources developed to support the programme include the Staying Well Guide and Managing your Wellbeing brochure and are both available on FireNet - http://firenet.fire.org.nz/Critical-Incident-and-Personal-Stress-Support-(CIPSS)/Pages/default.aspx.
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Newsletter to Members - 16 August 2016
To recognise and address the serious concerns with the MAN appliances, the Union has appointed the President to work in conjunction with Locals, Members, and the National Fleet Manager, to resolve issues raised.
This is not a quick fix, and is a genuine attempt by both parties to fix long-standing problems.
Members are asked to continue to report any faults to both the Union President and the National Fleet Manager.
We look forward to a positive outcome for members.
Newsletter to Members - 9 August 2016
The Union (Peter Nicolle and Derek Best) have meet with the Minister (Peter Dunne) and D.I.A Officials; the Director of the Transition office (David Strong) and various Transition Office staff, the Chief Executive/National Commander and representatives of the U.F.B.A to discuss and obtain further information on both the Bill and Transition to FENZ.
It is fair to say that many of the issues receive, at this stage, a ‘trust us’ response as so much, less than 12 months before FENZ is intended to take over, is unknown. The Union very much hopes that this situation will not continue to much longer but we have our doubts.
The formal Submission on the Bill is to be submitted by 18 August. The Submission must remain confidential until received by the Committee (when it will be put out for member’s information). However the Key points made in the Submission will include.
All these are expanded on in the Submission and the Union will ask to be heard by the Select Committee.
For the Union and its Officials, the Bill and Transition to FENZ really is an enormous undertaking.
The Union is advised by the Dunedin Local of the sudden death of Trevor Tilyard.
Trevor had a long involvement with the Dunedin Local commencing in the late 70’s. Trevor was on the Local Executive for more than 20 years during which time he held the President’s position a number of times. Trevor was a staunch supporter when members Wages and Conditions were under attack during the 90’s. In 1998 Trevor was made an Honorary Life member of the Union.
The Union conveys its condolences to Trevor’s family and friends and continues to remember Trevor’s contribution to the maintenance of Firefighter jobs and working conditions.
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Newsletter to Members - 4 August 2016
The Fire Service are working on ensuring the continued sustainability with regards to the provision of specialist fire investigation skills and capabilities into the future.
Consequently they are acting to collect evidence to help and understand the issues around recruiting and retaining F.S.O.
The Fire Service have developed a survey to provide further information.
The Survey has been developed with consultation with the Union, however it is fair to say the Union does not believe it adequately explore all relevant issues.
However, it is a start, and is better than the vacuum there is at present.
Consequently, the Union urges all affected members to honestly and thoroughly complete the Survey. We will have full access to the outcome.
The Survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLNC7QC
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