Do you have a great idea for improving some aspect of Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) that aligns with current organisational strategy and Vision 2020? Check out these two opportunities and send in your submission by 21/09/2017.

The Firefighters’ Scholarship provides an opportunity to research or study a topic or undertake a project relevant to any area of FENZ strategy and/or demostrates innovative approaches to contributing to the welfare of the organisation. 

Eligible applicants include career firefighters and officers (up to/including Senior Station Officers) and Comcen Communicators and Shift Managers who have a minimum of five years’ service. Applicants may be interested in considering the strategic areas of priority and topics listed below.


The Len Doughty Fellowship provides an opportunity for operational and non operational recipients (both paid and volunteer) to travel overseas to research or study, or be seconded to an overseas Fire Service/organisation to gain first-hand experience of an innovative programme or project. Applicant proposals must be relevant to the strategic areas of priority listed below. The Board may also elect to use the Fellowship to bring international expertise to New Zealand. 

Both opportunities offer a unique professional and personal development opportunity to FENZ people that will also be of significant benefit to FENZ and assist in achieving Vision 2020.


Strategic Areas of Priority and Suggested Topics

1. Developing a shared identity, including but not limited to:

  • retention of volunteers
  • support for volunteer brigades and volunteer sustainability
  • building high performing teams
  • firefighter skill retention


2. Fire risk reduction and prevention, including but not limited to:

  • risk reduction services
  • fire safety education
  • improving information on building risks
  • improved national fire risk management planning
  • maximising the automated fire alarm data and intelligence in the built environment
  • high risk storage buildings
  • climate change
  • arson detection
  • identifying at risk groups
  • impact of firework legislation
  • Lookouts, Awareness (or anchor points), Communication, Escape routes and Safety zones (LACES) and fire personnel safety at vegetation’s fires
  • Weather Stations needed for a fire weather network


3. Coordinated services, including but not limited to:

  • sharing facilities and resources
  • medical co-response
  • incident management capability and training
  • data and information sharing
  • improving fire data collection


4. Stronger engagement with communities, including but not limited to:

  • resilience for major emergencies
  • communications (e.g. social media)
  • better understanding of community risks and needs
  • fire risks in marae-based communities
  • enhanced community relationships and partnerships to manage the risk
  • how do we empower our communities to own and address their fire and other emergency and disaster risks?
    • what effective strategies have been used in other sectors/countries to empower communities?
    • identify the tools required to achieve resiliency through community development
    • how do different communities respond to an emergency - how do we support them?


What’s the application process?

Anyone interested in either opportunity needs to complete the relevant application form and email to Beth Piggott. The submission deadline is 21/09/2017. 

Application forms and supporting documents can be found here listed under ‘Related Documents’.


If you have any questions, contact Beth Piggott ( )

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