Last week the NZPFU and the UFU of Australia National Committees met for a 2 day meeting.

There was extensive discussion and exchanges of information covering a range of issues including:

  • Medical Responses
  • Firefighters and Cancer
  • Union Global Alliance
  • Interaction with AFAC

The simple fact is, for example with Medical Responses, Melbourne has been doing this for a number of years; they have identified numerous problems/issues and have found resolution to them. It makes complete sense for us to learn from that experience rather than (once again) trying to reinvent the wheel.

It is planned for there to be further joint meetings and there is an agreement between both Unions for a Joint Conference in Auckland later this year.

SMS Update - Personal Details

The Fire Service is about to advise members of the opportunity to update personal details – contacts etc. on SMS. Although this process is voluntary, unless there are extraordinary circumstances, the Union encourages members to get these details updated.

In the case of a disaster, this will facilitate communication with families etc.

Projects

The Union, through various representatives, is presently well involved with a large number of Fire Service Projects including:

  1. Firefighters and Cancer
  2. Traffic Management Plans
  3. Review of Fire Safety
  4. Accident Investigations
  5. B.A. issues
  6. Collective Agreement – Part 4, Com Centres.
  7. P.C.A. Review
  8. Medical Responses

As well, the business as usual work on Safety & Health, PPE, Training and Disputes continues.

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