Development of the Availability and Messaging System (AMS) has started and we expect it to be ready later this year. Our priority is to transfer current Volunteer Availability Communications System (VACS) users to the new AMS.
We're aiming to have everyone in the cloud (that is, using Microsoft Office 365) by the end of 2019. This means we can securely access Microsoft products, like Outlook emails and calendars, over the internet, from anywhere.
A new tool to provide accurate, up-to-date information about the availability of volunteers, and others, to respond to fire and emergencies is expected to be ready later this year.
Have you got a suggestion to improve how we work and the ways we support our communities? Great ideas are now invited from Fire and Emergency personnel via Beacon.
Keeping you connected with what’s going on with communities and the change we are going through is crucial as we build the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand.In this month’s FENZ Update you will find insights into how we are working together on the front line and behind the scenes. There’s a lot going on – some of it is obvious to everyone and some involves planning and thinking and changing that isn’t quite so visible.
Most people should now be able to access their work emails and other systems from their personal smart phones, laptop or home PC. If not, get in contact with the ICT Support team on 0800 374 843 as the fix needs to be done on a one-on-one basis.
Volunteer Rural Fire Forces (VRFFs) will be online and connected with the rest of the organisation by September this year. From mid-June we will be delivering a Microsoft Windows tablet, a printer, and where suitable, a television or portable projector for training purposes, to each of the 209 VRFFs.
A platform to capture the ideas from you, the Fire and Emergency personnel, that could make a real difference to our people and our communities.
Our focus in this first year of Integration (Phase 2) is on delivering our ‘must haves’ - the ICT to support systems or processes we are legislatively required to have in place by 1 July 2018; ensuring national consistency in our ICT and infrastructure (particularly for our rural people), and ensuring our networks are accessible but secure.
The Fire Awareness and Intervention Programme (FAIP) have developed an awesome new interactive game designed for children from the ages 9 plus. Read here for more information.