Fire and Emergency is working with NZPFU to pilot “Crew Conversations,” a facilitated discussion about on-station behaviour.

Creating a positive workplace culture isn’t just a nice thing to do – it’s the right thing to do. Everyone at Fire and Emergency can make a difference in building a positive culture by being open and respectful of colleagues regardless of beliefs, gender, ethnicity, role or rank.

Everybody is different and every crew is unique – what may be acceptable to one person may not be to another, and it can be hard to know what falls above or below the line.

With the assistance of Women’s Development and Fire and Emergency, the NZPFU has agreed to a pilot programme of “Crew Conversations” in five different career stations. The pilot will offer career crews a chance to get together with an external facilitator to have an open conversation about on-station behaviour.

"This pilot is an important step towards building a respectful, inclusive culture within Fire and Emergency. Our people don't want to intentionally upset others and that is why we do what we do," said Kerry Gregory, DCE Service Delivery. "Giving our firefighters an opportunity to really talk to each other around what behaviours and language can be harmful to others will make our workplaces more enjoyable for all.”

Paraparaumu career crews will be the first to have these “crew conversations.” Each coloured watch will meet separately on overtime for a 2.5 – 3-hour session before a night shift. Fire and Emergency and the NZPFU will be checking in with the crews to see if the experience was valuable and relevant, what needs to be changed and what difference it has made for the crew.

Any changes will be made before the rest of the pilot is conducted in the four other stations across all shifts.

Interested in learning more about this pilot? Contact the Positive Workplace Culture team

Learn more about Fire and Emergency’s Positive Workplace Culture Programme(external link)

Read the NZPFU’s recent blog post about the Crew Conversations pilot here(external link)

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