This month’s focus has been on gearing up for consultation on the operating model which kicks off on 24 August. It’s important to me that our leaders are fully informed and involved in the consultation process so they can provide and share information to best support their crews and people in this time of change.
This year four Fire and Emergency teams represented the organisation at the annual Australasian Rescue Challenge (ARC ’18) run by the Australian Road Rescue Organisation.
“Never before have we had such an excellent resource to advise on where to get support if we or our partners need it,” says Claire Steer, whose husband Darron has volunteered with Pauanui Volunteer Fire Brigade for more than 20 years.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand has been conducting training in Incident Management and Regional Coordination related to simulated emergency events. These have ranged from large scale vegetation fires that threaten built up communities to ship fires where hazardous substances are present.
The West Coast is trialling an area-wide approach to recruiting more volunteers that will see 27 stations from Karamea to Haast holding open nights at the same time on the same day – from 6pm on 23 August.
Helping the public experience a house fire – without actually putting them in danger – can be a powerful way to highlight the importance of being ready, and the need for an escape plan and a safe meeting place for every home if there is a fire.
The independent review into our workplace policies, procedures and practices to address bullying and harassment, led by retired Judge Coral Shaw, has started.
The refresh work on the Unified Uniform project has kicked into gear.