CE Blog: Welcoming our new Minister, your wellbeing, and new location for Newlands Brigade
This week we welcomed Jan Tinetti as our new Minister (Minister of Internal Affairs) after the Prime Minister’s announcement of the new cabinet.
As well as this portfolio, she has also been appointed Minister for Women and Associate Minister of Education. We are looking forward to meeting the new Minister and building a positive relationship with her. I’m sure she will have a strong interest in the welfare of our people and our progress towards creating an organisation where everyone feels safe, welcome and included.
Wellbeing and support services
Sexual assault, bullying and harassment of any kind are completely unacceptable and have no place at Fire and Emergency. We need to have both the right processes in place to deal with bullying and harassment and develop a strong culture where this behaviour doesn’t happen in the first place.
Our current bullying or harassment complaint process
We have a clear and confidential complaints process. This is available to all Fire and Emergency employees, volunteers and contractors. This process means we will review and deal with complaints in a fair and transparent way that is separate from the issue and those who are involved in the complaint.
To confidentially raise a sexual assault, bullying or harassment complaint or seek information about how to resolve a complaint, please use our current complaints process, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 04 470 9519 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
Provide feedback: Our current wellbeing and support services
We offer a wide range of free and confidential support services. Information on the services currently available to you and your families is on our Seek safety, health and wellbeing support page on the Portal. The Government also has a 24/7, free, confidential sexual harm helpline called Safe to talk.(external link)
Part of improving our culture involves providing the right wellbeing and support services for Fire and Emergency and reviewing these on a regular basis to ensure they meet all our needs.
We are currently undertaking a survey to explore what wellbeing and support services could be improved, changed or added. I encourage you to take this survey(external link). Your feedback will help us to identify and close gaps in current wellbeing support. Your responses won’t identify you and will be kept confidential. The survey is open until 27 November, and if you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
A new location for Newlands Brigade
Last Sunday I attended the blessing and opening of the new location for Newlands Volunteer Fire Brigade within the Newlands ICT Hub. The brigade had been on land leased from Wellington City Council and had to vacate after the council announced plans to redevelop the site.
We considered a range of options for the brigade’s future. I’d like to commend the Property team, Area Management and others involved in developing the option to locate the brigade within the Fire and Emergency Newlands ICT Hub.
This pragmatic solution was cost-effective and convenient and will allow us further time to consider future needs across Wellington’s Northern Suburbs as transport links and population changes. Thanks to all involved.
COVID-19 – no time for complacency
The challenge of COVID-19 will be with us for many months to come. Our priority from the outset of this pandemic, to keep our people safe so they can keep communities safe, has not changed.
I strongly encourage all Fire and Emergency people to continue using the NZ COVID Tracer app or alternative contact tracing mechanisms wherever you are across New Zealand. This is one way we can minimise the risk of a Fire and Emergency bubble if we have further community transmission.
In recent weeks we know of instances where personnel have come into possible contact with positive cases. The fact they’ve used the Tracer app has meant they were contacted quickly by health officials and appropriate action taken to make sure other personnel and our communities were kept safe. Thankfully, all tests were clear.
I also want to remind you to stay home if you’re unwell. Call your GP or Healthline if you have cold or flu like symptoms, and please get tested if asked. Please also continue to follow the SDPPPs for Alert Level 1 and other guidance on the Portal.