Welcome to the New Zealand Firefighters Welfare Society

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Thanks for visiting our website. Stay and have a look at what we offer. If you want to become a member click here and fill out an online application form. We welcome all firefighters and those asociated with Fire and Emergency NZ. We also extend our services to members of St John and Wellington Free Ambulance.

HEALTH & SAFETY - RHYS JONES

Greetings

Summer is coming, which I know can be a pressured time of year. While we’re busy looking after our communities, we also need to remember to make sure we’re looking after ourselves.

Nothing is more important than your safety, health and wellbeing so I wanted to send a timely reminder of the things we can do to look after our wellbeing. Take a break when you need, get plenty of rest, eat a good diet, keep hydrated, keep active and make some time for fun.

We provide all our people with free and confidential support services so if you, or someone you know, needs some help - reach out. Enclosed is a poster that can be put up at your station to remind you and your crew of the support services that are available.

This includes talking to someone you trust – this could be a peer support person, a Safety, Health and Wellbeing Adviser in your region, or your manager.  You can contact support people via our Communication Centres:

    • Northern Communication Centre - 09 486 7948

    • Central Communication Centre - 04 801 0812

    • Southern Communication Centre - 03 341 0266

Alternatively, you can access confidential counselling sessions for yourself and your immediate family members via these services

You can also free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained health professional and the  www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines/ provides  information on nationwide helplines that available 24/7.

Over December and January, the following individuals will be available from peer support and safety, health and wellbeing teams, and can be contacted directly. (This info to be confirmed)

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These messages about psychological wellbeing are strongly supported by our Unions and Associations and we are working closely together to ensure everyone is able to access the support they need. This information on support will also be available on the following Union and Association websites:

More information on available support services and Safety, Health and Wellbeing resources including contact details for peer support people in your region, can be found on the Portal - Critical Incident and Personal Stress Support (CIPSS)

We’re a family here at Fire and Emergency, so please look out for each other. If any of your colleagues or peers need support, please lend a hand and support them anyway you can.

Rhys Jones

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
The New Zealand Firefighters Welfare Office will be closed from
15:00 hours Friday 21 December until 09:00 Hours 7 January 2019. 
Please feel free to leave messages and we will contact you on our return. 

If you need urgent assistance, please contact your local Welfare Board Member:

Region 1          Darryl Johnston          021 321 507
Region 2          Jenna Collings            027 426 6047
Region 3          Noel Brock                 0274 498 180
Region 4          Erroll Tapiki                027 286 6194
Region 5          Alice Jonathan            021 0256 8505
Region 6          Kris Kennett               021 0845 5486

Have a wonderful and safe Christmas.

NEW WELFARE SOCIETY APP WITH DISCOUNTS MENU NOW AVAILABLE
Updated Welfare Society App now available for download (Sept 12) on both Google and Apple Stores. Use TAB for "Holiday Home App" on the left for more information. This app is becoming more than just a holiday home booking app. There are now a large number of discounts from many retailers that are now available to members under the discount menu within the Welfare Society App.

2018 WELFARE SOCIETY AGM RESOLUTIONS PASSED
This year's AGM passed two resolutions. 1. The Contribution rate will be increased from 4$ a week to 5$ a week, effective as of April 1, 2019.
2. The term "Fire Service" will be replaced with  the term "Fire and Emergency NZ" everywhere it occurs in the Welfare Society Rules and other appropriate document.

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY MEDAL CONFERRED ON OUR CHAIRMAN AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE - SEPT 26 2018

Keith Nixon Wed croppedKeith Nixon has received his medal as Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his service to Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Keith was a founding member of the Firefighters Welfare Society in 1987. He became the Chairman in 1992. The NZFF Welfare Society was modeled after the welfare societies of New Zealand Rail and New Zealand Post.
We congratulate Keith Nixon for the recognition of years of dedication and service to firefighters and emergency responders.


Check out all the benefits of belonging to the Society under the membership tab on this web site.

STATEMENT OF COOPERATION SIGNED WITH NZ FIREFIGHTERS
WELFARE SOCIETY (NZFFWS)

Signing of CooperationChief Executive Rhys Jones signed a Statement of Cooperation with NZ Firefighters’ Welfare Society (NZFFWS) Chair Keith Nixon on Thursday 8 February, signalling the two organisations’ commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of Fire and Emergency personnel and their families.

The Statement of Cooperation outlines how the two organisations will work together.

“Fire and Emergency NZ recognises the value provided by the NZFFWS to our people. As the majority of their work is done voluntarily we’re very appreciative of the contribution they make as an independent support agency and so I am very pleased to sign this statement.”

The NZ Firefighters Welfare Society offers membership to all those who are or who have been associated with Fire and Emergency NZ. Specifically, membership is open to volunteer, Urban, Rural and Career Firefighters, management, clerical and support staff.

Statement of Cooperation Document

COMPLETION OF WELFARE SOCIETY FORMS

Please note - all forms are to be completed correctly before submitting to the office. Missing out details on our BA1 forms may delay payments. Incomplete Healthcare 99 Forms may delay your payment or hold up your preapproval.

UPDATING YOUR NEXT OF KIN OR FUNERAL BENEFICIARY DETAILS
If you need to update your "Next of Kin" or your "Funeral Beneficiary," please advise the office in writing. The correct information is needed for the office as legally these are the people the Firefighters Welfare Society will deal with if you pass away. Please note that your "Next of Kin" and "Funeral Beneficiary" do not necessarily need to be the same people. If you wish to update your "Next of Kin" or "Funeral Beneficiary" please put the updated details in writing and either email thesec@firefighters.org.nz or post to NZ Firefighters Welfare, Private Bag 31999, Lower Hutt 5040. If you have any problem completeing our forms please contact the office. Our phone number is 0800 65 34 73 (0800 OK FIRE). Office hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.

PHOTOS AND MOVIES
Click on THIS LINK to view recents photos and movies of Welfare Society events:

HEALTHCARE 99
Please Note:  All Healthcare 99 Claim Forms must be sent directly to:
Mark Langford, C\- Aon, P O Box 30567, LOWER HUTT 5040

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
The New Zealand Firefighters Welfare Society is a non-profit organisation. If you wish to make a voluntary contribution to the Society, please add the word "Donation" along with your name, if you wish, and use the
Bank Account Number:
06-0507-0202787-00

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