New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union


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.

Feb 03 2016

Newsletter to Members - 3 February 2016

Newsletter to Members - 3 February 2016

Pam Boyd

Many of you will know that Pam has been ill for some time, Pam worked for over 25 years for the Union as the Office Manager and many of you will have had dealings with her.

I have to report that Pam passed away last night.

The Unions thoughts are with Pam’s family and expression of condolences can be forwarded to Pam’s family:

16 London Street

In no small measure the present strength and success is due to Pam’s contribution over many years.

Overtime on Public Holidays

The fire Service has agreed, after strong representation from the Union, to reinstate long standing agreed procedures for paying for over time worked on a Public Holiday (the Public Holiday at rate plus a Day in Lieu).

Quite why someone in the Fire Service arbitrarily decided to change long standing and agreed processes, particularly with no notice, the Union will pursue further.

It will take a little time to retrospectively recalculate entitlements but this will be done.

IFE Payments

The refusal of the Fire Service to pay the appropriate IFE payments to persons awarded IFE qualification by Recognition of current competency has been referred to the Unions Lawyers, with instruction to file Breach of Agreement proceeding in the Employment Relations Authority.

Latest update on new Health and Safety Legislation

Documents: (Click to view)


    NEWSLETTER-TO-MEMBERS-3-2-16.pdf | pdf | 46 KB | Last Changed: 03/02/2016 6:52pm

    Update-on-new-Health-and-Safety-Legislation PDF icon

    Update-on-new-Health-and-Safety-Legislation.pdf | pdf | 691 KB | Last Changed: 03/02/2016 6:52pm

Dec 21 2015

NTM: Office Closure – Christmas/New Year

NTM: Office Closure – Christmas/New Year

The Union office will be closed from and on 24th December 2015 until 6th January 2016.

If any urgent matters arise over that period, please contact your Local Secretary or a National Committee member.

Wishing all members a Merry Christmas and a successful and prosperous New Year.

Documents: (Click to view)

    NEWSLETTER-TO-MEMBERS-Christmas-Hours PDF icon

    NEWSLETTER-TO-MEMBERS-Christmas-Hours.pdf | pdf | 189 KB | Last Changed: 21/12/2015 8:30pm

Dec 09 2015

NTM: Health and Safety Legislation Reform

NTM: Health and Safety Legislation Reform

Available for download is the first of several updates (probably monthly) on the upcoming health and safety legislation.

These updates are issued out of the work of the Health and Safety Reform Project. The Union is represented on this Projects Steering Group.

Documents: (Click to view)

    Newsletter-to-Members-9th-dec PDF icon

    Newsletter-to-Members-9th-dec.pdf | pdf | 30 KB | Last Changed: 09/12/2015 1:16pm

    Health-Safety-at-Work-Act-December-2015-Update PDF icon

    Health-Safety-at-Work-Act-December-2015-Update.pdf | pdf | 1.4 MB | Last Changed: 09/12/2015 1:16pm

Nov 24 2015

NTM: IFE Qualification Payments

NTM: IFE Qualification Payments

As some members may be aware the Fire Service has recently stopped processing the IFE “Qualification Bonus” payment to workers who achieved the qualification from the IFE through Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), under section 2.6.17 of the CEA.

At present there are ongoing discussions between the Fire Service, IFE and NZPFU to resolve this issue. At this point the Fire Service is only processing applications for the Qualification Bonus to personnel who have actually passed the Grad IFE exam. The Fire Service has requested further information from IFE New Zealand on this matter.

Further details will be provided as discussions continue or once a resolution has been achieved.

Documents: (Click to view)

    NTM-23-november-15 PDF icon

    NTM-23-november-15.pdf | pdf | 34 KB | Last Changed: 24/11/2015 2:02pm

Aug 27 2015

NTM: Workplace Carcinogen Exposure Programme Update

NTM: Workplace Carcinogen Exposure Programme Update

The Workplace Carcinogen Exposure Programme (WCEP) was established to reduce frontline staff exposure to carcinogens and other harmful substances in the workplace. This is a joint initiative involving the New Zealand Fire Service, NZPFU and the UFBA. WCEP has made several accomplishments the last few months.  The WCEP project team is now starting a series of pilots to test new respiratory protective equipment (RPE), processes, and procedures prior to final approval, procurement, and implementation.


  • An operational evaluation of various RPE was undertaken last March with the intention of supplying frontline staff with respiratory protection when BA is not appropriate. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the various potential RPE solutions to ensure it is fit for purpose. Each RPE item was subjected to a testing evaluation designed by the Operational Evaluation Group, which has been formed to test new equipment and procedures prior to introduction. The NZPFU, UFBA, PSA and EFOS are all represented in the group, along with operational fire fighters, fire investigators and the Fire Service National Operations team. The Operational Evaluation Group met again in May to discuss the results of the operational evaluation and formulate a recommendation.  On 22 July the Fire Service Operational Leadership Team (OLT) approved the RPE recommendation paper, which was previously ratified by the WCEP Steering Committee. The recommendation paper will next go to the Fire Service Strategic Leadership Team (SLT).
  • The development of the policy and procedures for RPE use and management of contaminated PPE and equipment were completed on 23 July at a policy review workshop with the Operational Evaluation Group. The new policy and procedures will be part of the pilots, prior to final approval and implementation.
  • An advocacy group comprised of frontline staff has also been set up and will be instrumental in supporting the regions and areas in the use of the new equipment and procedures.  The advocacy group met in late June/early July to discuss the operational rollout of the selected RPE and provide feedback on awareness campaign designs.

The next step - pilots:

The first pilot started on 6 August at a station in Whanganui and will be followed by stations in Southland, Counties Manukau, and the West Coast to October.

The aim of the pilots is to validate and refine delivery and use of the following, before they are rolled-out to stations across the country in the months to come:

  • New RPE for frontline personnel to use when BA is not appropriate.
  • New and amended policies and procedures, including those tied to the new Fire Station Design Guidelines, designed to segregate clean and dirty processes.
  • Training and awareness material.

Aug 01 2015

Newsletter to Members - 31 July 2015

Newsletter to Members - 31 July 2015

Reimbursement - Eye Checks & Spectacles

As advised at Ratification meetings arising out of the C.A bargaining, the Fire Service agreed to review the maximum amounts reimbursed for eye checks and spectacles.

This has occurred and the new provisions are:

  • No change to the eligibility criteria;
  • Members choosing their own provider;
  • Reimbursement of the full cost of the eye examination – on receipt – likely range from $60 - $100.
  • Increased reimbursement of the cost of single vision, plain glass spectacles (from $150) to up to $200. (This would cover the basic cost of most frames/lenses).

This overall represents a contribution from the Fire Service of generally between $240 - $300 (presently an average cost of around $210).

These changes will be effected late in August.

Fire Service Review

Available for download is the Union’s submission on the Fire Service Review – Discussion Document.

The Submission is in the context of:

  • A number of discussions with the Minister and officials developing the Discussion Document; and
  • Generally addresses the broad issues the Discussion Document raises. Obviously the detailed proposals which eventually arise will require further more detailed consideration.

Documents: (Click to view)

    Newsletter-to-Members-31-July-2015 PDF icon

    Newsletter-to-Members-31-July-2015.pdf | pdf | 38 KB | Last Changed: 01/08/2015 9:16pm


    SUBMISSION-ON-F.S.-REVIEW-JULY-2015.pdf | pdf | 50 KB | Last Changed: 01/08/2015 9:17pm

Jul 23 2015

Part 3 and Part 4 – New Wage Rates

Part 3 and Part 4 – New Wage Rates

The Union can advise that the new Pay Rates and the Back-pay arising out of the Collective Agreement Ratification will be paid on 19th August 2015.

Jul 08 2015

Ballot Declaration - Ratification Ballot

Ballot Declaration - Ratification Ballot

Herewith Declaration of the Ratification Ballot.

A hard copy of this will also be forwarded as a NTM.

Documents: (Click to view)

    Ballot-Declaration-Ratification PDF icon

    Ballot-Declaration-Ratification.pdf | pdf | 220 KB | Last Changed: 08/07/2015 3:37pm

Jun 20 2015

Northern Branch Notice to Members

Northern Branch Notice to Members

The purpose of this notice is to make members within the Branch aware of the meeting timetable for ratification meetings.

Tuesday 23 June
1000hrs: Taupo Station

Wednesday 24 June
1000hrs: Rotorua Station
1300hrs: NTC - Black Watch
1500hrs: NTC - Part 2 staff

Thursday 25 June
0830hrs: Kawerau Station
1300hrs: Tauranga Station

Friday 26 June
0900hrs: Hamilton Station
1330hrs: Northern Communications Centre Auckland

Monday 29 June
1000hrs: Whangarei Station

Tuesday 30 June
1100hrs: Auckland Black Watch - Regional Office Conference Room

Wednesday 1 July
0930hrs: Papatoetoe Station
1130hrs: Avondale Station
1330hrs: Albany Station

Thursday 2 July
1000hrs: Albany Station
1200hrs: Avondale Station
1400hrs: Papatoetoe Station

We ask that if you are aware of any members who are on leave, could you please bring this notice to their attention. If members have any questions prior to their meeting, please feel free to contact either Mike Powell (027) 242 8150 or Boyd Raines (021) 899 108.

Documents: (Click to view)

    15-24 PDF icon

    15-24.pdf | pdf | 12 KB | Last Changed: 20/06/2015 11:50am

Jun 15 2015

2015 Collective Agreement Settlement

2015 Collective Agreement Settlement

After a number of days of bargaining and extensive work on bench-marking for Part 3 and 4, the Union and the Fire Service are now in a position to refer a Proposed Settlement for your consideration.

1. Pay increases for Part 2 Officers & Firefighters arising out of existing Clause – 3 (that is – arising out of the market data review and already agreed): of

  • 2.62% for Firefighters;
  • 1.2% for Officers (Plus 2.5% continued market rate phase in);
  • A new Pay Structure with 5 steps and the introduction of market related benchmarks for Black Watch (very similar to that applying for Part 2 Officers;
  • Market related benchmarks for Comm. Centres.

2. Implementation of the increased Overtime Rates (as the reduction in short term absences has been achieved) – and as in the 2013 Agreement).

  • For Firefighters:
    1.3 times the standard hourly rate for the first three hours of all overtime worked on a weekday, and before 12pm on a Saturday.
  • 1.3.3 Times the standard hourly rate for all overtime worked in excess of the first three hours, and all overtime worked after 12pm on a Saturday, or any time on a Sunday.
  • 1.5 times the standard hourly rate for all overtime worked on a Public Holiday.

  • For Officers.
    1.2 times the standard hourly rate for the first three hours of all overtime worked on a weekday, and before 12pm on a Saturday.
  • 1.3 times the standard hourly rate – for all overtime worked in excess of the first three hours, and all overtime worked after 12pm on a Saturday, or at any time on a Sunday.
  • 1.5 times the standard hourly rate for all overtime on a Public Holiday.

3. All Pay Rates to be increased by market data review for 2016, 2017 and 2018 (that is a 3 Year Term). The Part 2 pay increases arise out of the existing C.A. and are not part of the Ratification Process.

4. Part 2 Pay Increases will be paid on and from 1 July. The proposed new rates for Part 3 and 4 will be subject to ratification but will be back-dated to 1 July 2015. The ongoing market rate mechanism increases for 2016, 2017, and 2018 are subject to this ratification.

5. Other changes as detailed on the terms of Settlement:

  • Payment of the IFE Allowances – will now specifically apply to Part 3 and 4;
  • Changes for Part 3 relating to Time Banking, Training Courses, and a commitment to provide clear guidance for shift changes;
  • Minor changes to the P.C.A. provisions, particularly relating to practices;
  • I.C.T. – Statement on mobile devices;
  • Updating of costs relating to eye examinations and glasses.
  • Allowances as in Table 1 and Table 8 will increase by 1.91% (average of the pay rate movement).

6. The effect of the Settlement is quite straightforward for those covered by Part 2 (Officers & Firefighters). However, for Part 3 and 4, it is not so straightforward.

Black Watch now has (5 step) pay progression with agreed criteria for progression – these are very closely based on the principles that have applied for 2 years for Station Officers in their first 5 years of appointment. As well, for Black Watch, there is a need for translation onto the new rates/steps.

Prior to Ratification meetings, there will be specific meetings for Part 3 and Part 4 to detail the changes proposed. As well, all Black Watch members will be provided with specific information on their translation onto the new steps and pay rate.

7. There were and are no employer claw-backs proposed and consequently the Settlement includes no changes from the employer.

8. There are a large number of downloads that provide some specific information:


There may well be further information that becomes available and this will be provided before ratification meetings are held.

Meetings will be organized shortly and hopefully will occur over the next 3 weeks, and members will be advised ASAP.

At ratification meetings the Committee will be recommending that you ratify this Proposed Settlement.

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