New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union

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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.




May 20 2015

Collective Bargaining 2015 between NZPFU and NZFS

Collective Bargaining 2015 between NZPFU and NZFS

Joint notice

NZPFU and NZFS bargaining teams met again for a further full days bargaining on Friday 15 May 2015.

The discussions have continued with both parties committed to progressing as effectively and efficiently as possible, but without limiting the opportunity for full robust debate.

Further work continues alongside the bargaining sessions with data from the Hay Group being worked through and the wage rates still to be set under the new market data approach committed to in the last round of bargaining.

The bargaining continues next week on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May.

Bargaining teams in attendance 15 May were

NZPFU NZFS
Peter Nicolle Hamish More
(unable to attend due to weather event) Brett Warwick
Derek Best Kerry Gregory
Ian Wright Brendan Nally
Boyd Raines Steve Turek
Mike Powell Larry Cocker
Greg Lee Ken Cooper
Jim Ryburn Chris Wells
Mike Balmer Richard Dagger
Brent Single Bea Goodwin
Steve Warner Debbie Moody

Documents: (Click to view)

    Joint-notice-second-meeting-15-May-2015 PDF icon

    Joint-notice-second-meeting-15-May-2015.pdf | pdf | 33 KB | Last Changed: 20/05/2015 12:54pm


May 11 2015

Collective Bargaining 2015 Between NZPFU and NZFS

Collective Bargaining 2015 Between NZPFU and NZFS

Joint notice

NZPFU and NZFS have met for two days on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May 2015. Both parties feel that the negotiations have started constructively.

We have agreed the process and commenced negotiations.

Next meeting of the parties will be Friday 15 May, with further dates set aside through May and into June.

Both parties will be considering what has been raised so far, and gathering and reviewing the information needed in preparation for the next set of discussions, including the most up-to-date data from Hay Group.

At the conclusion of each meeting we will send out a brief update.

Documents: (Click to view)

    Joint-notice-first-meeting-7-8-May-2015 PDF icon

    Joint-notice-first-meeting-7-8-May-2015.pdf | pdf | 33 KB | Last Changed: 11/05/2015 4:11pm


May 05 2015

Firefighters’ Scholarship 2015/2016

Firefighters’ Scholarship 2015/2016

The Firefighters’ Scholarship is established for firefighters and comcen staff and provides the opportunity to study domestically and overseas, research world’s best practice or undertake a project that will benefit the Fire Service.

Do you have a great idea for improving some aspect of the New Zealand Fire Service?

The Firefighters’ Scholarship provides an opportunity to research or study a topic or undertake a project relevant to any area of the Fire Service’s strategic plan and/or demonstrates innovative approaches to contributing to the welfare of the organisation. Eligible applicants include career firefighters and officers (up to / including Senior Station Officers) and Comcen Communicators, Senior Communicators and Shift Managers who have a minimum of five years’ service.

The Firefighters Scholarship offers a unique professional and personal development opportunity to staff that will also be of significant benefit to the Fire Service and assist the Commission in achieving the Vision 2020: ‘Leading integrated fire and emergency services for a safer New Zealand – Te Manatū o ngā ratonga ohotata kia haumaru ake ai a Aotearoa.’

Documents: (Click to view)

    2015-16-Scholarship-promotion-Associated-agencies PDF icon

    2015-16-Scholarship-promotion-Associated-agencies.pdf | pdf | 117 KB | Last Changed: 05/05/2015 12:03pm


May 01 2015

NTM: Update on Hose replacement on Breathing Apparatus sets

NTM: Update on Hose replacement on Breathing Apparatus sets

The Union has agreed to a schedule developed by the Fire Service and Draeger for the replacement of all BA set hoses. At the same time as the hoses are replaced Drager will change the settings on all DSU’s as also agreed by both parties.

The schedule is agreed subject to hose deliveries arriving from Europe, as planned and so there may be some minor adjustments for some areas but they don’t expect major changes. Any change in the schedule will be liaised with the areas affected

The Fire Service have developed the schedule in order to get the high use brigades done as an early priority but also to maintain Draeger’s annual testing obligations. This means that some lower use brigades may be early on in the schedule, but is only because they are due for an annual test visit anyway.

The Union and the fire Service want to emphasise the point that no-one is expected to wear a set with a damaged hose while they wait for their new hoses – i.e if you have a set with a damaged hose, fault it in the normal way and get it sent to the BA Service Hub for assessment even if Draeger are due to replace the hose within a month or so.

The schedule allows for all hoses to be replaced by the end of October 2015.

Draeger have already commenced the work in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Counties-Manukau, Waitemata and some sets at NTC.

Documents: (Click to view)

    Update-on-Hose-replacement-on-Breathing-Apparatus-sets PDF icon

    Update-on-Hose-replacement-on-Breathing-Apparatus-sets.pdf | pdf | 39 KB | Last Changed: 01/05/2015 5:08pm


Apr 10 2015

Notice to Taupo Local Members

Notice to Taupo Local Members

Members will be aware of the recent rumours regarding watch transfers at Taupo Station. A number of issues have been raised with Central Lakes and Region 2 management regarding these watch changes, including:

  • The lack of proper consultation with staff or the Local.
  • The frequency of directed watch changes in Taupo (this is potentially the 3rd in 4 years).
  • The rationale behind watch changes.
  • The way management have leaked and ‘drip feed” the information on watch changes to staff over an extended period of time through inappropriate channels.

As a result of raising these issues Area Manager G Fuller has acknowledged the process has been carried out inappropriately. He has given the NZPFU an undertaking that any planned watch changes are on hold and proper consultation with staff will begin immediately.

Documents: (Click to view)

    Notice-to-Taupo-Local-Members-NB-15-33 PDF icon

    Notice-to-Taupo-Local-Members-NB-15-33.pdf | pdf | 204 KB | Last Changed: 10/04/2015 12:00pm


Mar 17 2015

BA

BA

The Fire Service has published the following National Notice and link to a more detailed briefing paper.

The Union reproduces it for your information.

Documents: (Click to view)

    National-Notice-013-2015-MP-hose-DSUs-harnesses-March-2015 PDF icon

    National-Notice-013-2015-MP-hose-DSUs-harnesses-March-2015.pdf | pdf | 281 KB | Last Changed: 17/03/2015 1:19pm


    Briefing-on-BA-changes-16-March-2015 PDF icon

    Briefing-on-BA-changes-16-March-2015.pdf | pdf | 118 KB | Last Changed: 17/03/2015 1:19pm


Dec 19 2014

NTM 15/2014

NTM 15/2014

2014 Conference - Stronger Together

The relationship between the N.Z.P.F.U. and the U.F.U. of Australia was further strengthened with a highly successful Combined Conference in Auckland in the first week of December.
Approximately 80 Delegates from throughout New Zealand and Australia met over 3 days to share knowledge and information and to continue to build on the foundation of the Global Alliance.

The discussions were broad with a range of issues canvassed and once again, it became apparent the significant similarities of the challenges Firefighters and their Unions face. It was also an opportunity to share experiences of successes, including the power of the political capital of Firefighters.

The Conference was opened by Paul Baxter – Chief Executive/National Commander. NZPFU President Peter Nicolle and UFU of Australia President Greg Northcott jointly chaired the Conference and the conducive nature of the meeting resulted in significant and beneficial information sharing.

Issues discussed included:

  • The development in P.P.C. and the necessity for the coordination of the whole ensemble;
  • Health Programmes, Medical Monitoring and Best Practice;
  • A detailed SWOT faced as Unions and for the membership;
  • The success of recent political campaigns (in Australia) and the best use of the political capital of Firefighters;
  • Firefighting and Climate Change;
  • The N.Z. Carcinogen Exposure Programme;
  • The development of presumptive legislation and the science that underpins it;
  • Reporting from N.Z. and Australian Branches on the key industrial and political issues;
  • The science and studies that support the necessity for at least 7 on the fireground;
  • Update on the Global Alliance including specific reports conveyed from the I.A.F.F., and information from the U.K. F.B.U about their pension dispute.

A separate Joint Safety & Health meeting was held and then reported back to the Joint Conference.
The key points for that meeting included further detailed discussions on the coordination of P.P.E. ensemble and the challenges ahead in having the appropriate protections in place for Firefighters suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

In addition, the Union held a specific meeting where the administration of the Union was dealt with, and the following Remits were adopted:

Resolution UCF 11/2014
Change the wording of the Contract (Clause 5.6.7 – Entitlements, Processes & Authorizations when attending Fire Service Training Courses) to read:
“When attending Fire Service Training Courses or External Training Courses directly related to NZFS business i.e. Health & Safety Training courses run externally”.

Resolution UCF 13/2014
That the Union try to persuade the NZFS to reinstate the ability for members to pro-rata a PHR if a member wishes to not take this leave directly after their annual leave.

Resolution UCF 14/2014
That the NZPFU and NZFS renegotiate the “Hours of Duty” policy to include the provision of a “clean slate” with regards to the hours worked after a 24 hour break from duty.

Resolution UCF 15/2014
That there be a comprehensive medical insurance package for employees and/or families of the NZFS personnel.

Office Closure/Christmas/New Year

The Wellington Office will be closed from 23rd December 2014 to 12th January 2015.
During that time if anything urgent does arise – Committee Members will be available except Jim Ryburn (22nd December – 5th January), Ian Wright (after 6 January), Michael Balmer (20th – 28th December).

The Union wishes all a Safe and Happy Festive Season and looks forward to working with and for you in the New Year.

Dec 16 2014

Joint Notice: Impact of Christmas and New Year Statutory Holidays on Leave Cycles

Joint Notice: Impact of Christmas and New Year Statutory Holidays on Leave Cycles

Clause 2.7.1(c) of the current Collective Employment Agreement between the NZFS and the NZPFU describes how public holidays falling within periods of leave will be dealt with for rostered shift staff.

This clause states that

"If a public holiday falls or public holidays fall within the extended leave period (i.e. the 14 days)  the leave will be extended by the number of public holidays in the same manner as applies to sickness, namely an additional leave day is added to the first duty day shift immediately following the extended leave period."

In most circumstances, the application of this clause is straightforward.  However, where statutory holidays fall during and immediately following the end of a leave cycle, this clause must be read in conjunction with the Holidays Act, which  is clear that leave cannot be taken on a statutory holiday.  This is relevant to the upcoming Christmas and New Year period, for those employees in Leave Group 7.

Two statutory holidays fall during Green Watch Leave Group 7's period of leave, being 25 and 26 December.  Applying the Holidays Act and Clause 2.7.1 (c) of the Collective Employment Agreement they receive their additional days' leave on 3rd and 4th of January, and therefore return to work on the day shift on 1st of January.    This is because additional leave days cannot be taken on a statutory holiday. 

Three statutory holidays fall during Red Watch Leave Group 7's period of leave, being 25 and 26 December and the 1st of January.  Applying the Holidays Act and Clause 2.7.1 (c) of the Collective Employment Agreement, Red Watch Leave Group 7 would receive their additional leave days on their first day shift of 3rd,4th and 5th January, return to work for their last night shift on 6th January.

Four statutory holidays fall during Brown Watch Leave Group 7's period of leave, being 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January .Applying the Holidays Act and Clause 2.7.1 (c) of the Collective Employment Agreement, Brown Watch Leave Group 7 would receive four additional days leave for 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January, which are then taken on 5, 6, 7 and 8th January.  They therefore return to work for their second cycle of shifts on 13th January 2015. 

Four statutory holidays fall during Blue Watch Leave Group 7's period of leave, being 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January.  Applying the Holidays Act and Clause 2.7.1 (c) of the Collective Employment Agreement, Blue Watch Leave Group 7 would receive four additional days leave for 25 and 26 December and 1  and 2 January, which are then taken on  7,8,9 and 10th January.  They therefore return to work for their second cycle of shifts on 15th January 2015. 

Two statutory holiday falls during Green Watch Leave Group 8's period of leave, being 1 and 2 January.  Applying the Holidays Act and Clause 2.7.1(c) of the Collective Employment Agreement they receive their additional day's leave on 17th and 18th January, and therefore return to work on the night shift of 19 January.

It is recognised that both Green Watch Leave Group 7 and Red Watch Leave Group 7 may prefer to prorata the additional leave days they receive (i.e. move or accumulate with the approval of their manager), given that they are required to return to work in between leave days. 

Red and Green Watch Leave Group 7 workers must notify the rosters office by Thursday 17th December if they wish to pro-rata their additional annual leave days.  If no notification is received Green Watch Leave Group 7 workers will be required to return to work on 1 and 2 January before taking their  additional leave day on 3 and 4th January, and Red Watch Leave Group 7 workers will be required to return to work on 6th January.

Documents: (Click to view)

    Joint-Notice-Leave-During-Christmas-Holiday-Period-2014-2015 PDF icon

    Joint-Notice-Leave-During-Christmas-Holiday-Period-2014-2015.pdf | pdf | 66 KB | Last Changed: 16/12/2014 2:00pm


Nov 27 2014

NTM 14/2014: Breathing Apparatus

NTM 14/2014: Breathing Apparatus

Members should refer to the National Safety Notice 062/2014 issued on 16 October, and also refer to the Auckland Level 2 Investigation Report on 14 July 2014 regarding medium pressure hose kinking and air supply interruption.

A recent event in Christchurch highlighted this again though not through carrying anything on the shoulders.

Members should be aware that there is a risk in the wearing of the current B.A., which is life threatening.

The ease with which the air-line to the face-piece crimps/folds has been shown by four separate incidents.

New replacement hose has been fitted to all professional firefighters’ Sets. This hose is no long term fix as it is the same as the hose it replaces.

New hose has been ordered, but in the period between the proper new hose arriving and being fitted to all B.A. (a minimum of 8 weeks), firefighters and their officers need to be aware of the risk posed by the failure of these sets and make operational decisions accordingly.

Documents: (Click to view)

    NTM-No-14-27-November-2014 PDF icon

    NTM-No-14-27-November-2014.pdf | pdf | 177 KB | Last Changed: 27/11/2014 1:02pm


Nov 20 2014

Career Board 2.0 Working Party

Career Board 2.0 Working Party

NZPFU Involved in Career Board Review

In 2011 NZFS rolled out its first Career Board Programme. A lot has happened since then. We listened to suggestions shared by those involved in the first Career Board, and used their ideas to strengthen our 2013 Career Board Programme for Executive Officers and Officers.

Today, the Career Board plays an important role identifying and developing NZFS’s future leaders as part of NZFS’s Vision 2020. We want to take the successes we’ve already achieved with the existing Career Board Programme and build on them. In the future NZFS needs an enhanced Career Board 2.0 Programme that...

Documents: (Click to view)

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    Career-Board-2-0-comms-for-staff-V2.pdf | pdf | 66 KB | Last Changed: 20/11/2014 9:23am


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