This month marked an important milestone in building the right foundations for an effective and sustainable Fire and Emergency. We released of our consultation document A Unified Fire and Emergency New Zealand: Proud History, Bright Future.
August marks the start of a shift in the way we do social media at Fire and Emergency.The new approach offers Brigades and Fire Forces a chance to use their creative talent to come up with interesting, unique, amusing and insightful Facebook posts with the aim of being promoted on the main Fire and Emergency Facebook page where their posts can reach over 82,000 fans.
Our personnel in the United States and Canada are now well into the second rotations of their deployments.
An idea suggested via Beacon less than two months ago, by Matata Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Hofert, has now become a reality as the first idea to be progressed through to implementation.
The recent career campaign was very successful. We received the highest number ever of female applicants – 161 out of a total number of 990 applicants, which is 16% of all applications. We also attracted an increasingly ethnically diverse range of applicants with applicants identifying with 24 different ethnic backgrounds.
This month we have travelled to the Tairua Volunteer Fire Brigade on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. We spoke to firefighter Huipeng (Steven) Fang who on his first major call-out as a volunteer attended an accident with non-English speaking speaking Chinese tourists whose car crashed 60m down a cliff. As Steven is a native mandarin-speaker, he was able to reassure the tourists and translate for the other firefighters and paramedics. We spoke to Tairua’s Chief Fire Officer Chris New about how Steven’s skillsets have strengthened the Tairua brigade.
Region One woke up on 16 August to a fifth Alarm large ship fire in the Port of Auckland with significant HAZSUBs on board. The fire resulted in a large toxic cloud that required the evacuation of 30,000 residents from the Parnell area and the buildings immediately neighbouring the Port. Just when the situation at the Port was being brought under control, a fourth alarm structure fire occurred in a large apartment building in downtown Auckland CBD. What’s going on, you ask? Why didn’t I hear about it?
Consultation on our proposed Operating Model, Risk Reduction Strategy and Volunteerism Strategy is now open and runs until 5pm Friday 19 October.
A warning for everyone to be aware of targeted email scam and to contact our IT support team for help.
472 personnel attended the first week of Unified Uniform pop-ups happening around the country, make sure you check out when one is happening near you!