The Firefighters’ Scholarship and Len Doughty Fellowship are two of the unique professional and personal development opportunities available to personnel in Fire and Emergency NZ.

Recipients of the Firefighters’ Scholarship can explore a project or study that is relevant to Fire and Emergency NZ's strategic plan and/or demonstrates innovative approaches to benefit the organisation.

The Len Doughty Fellowship offers access to international expertise, either through opportunities to study or be seconded overseas, or by bringing international experts to New Zealand.

You can find out more about the scholarship and the fellowship, including who is eligible to apply, the application process, and what happens if you are successful, by reading the FAQ sheets here or contacting Beth Piggott (

Four people across the organisation recently received the Firefighters Scholarship and the Len Doughty Fellowship. The Fellowship was also used to bring two renowned experts to New Zealand. Reports from these recent recipients are now available and can be viewed below:


Firefighters’ Scholarship …

Hazardous Materials Management in Fire Emergency NZ Context

by Senior Station Officer Bryan Dunphy, Area 11, Te Ūpoko (previously Region 3)

This report focuses on best practice for operational response, specifically on how our current hazmat response capability will meet the needs of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. SSO Dunphy investigated the response capability of other organisations and evaluated current and trending expertise in use.

Click here to view the report.


Research and Determine Best Practice Emergency Response Driver Training

by Station Officer Garry Nielsen, Area 15, Te Ūpoko (previously Region 3)

SO Nielsen’s report evaluates and compares emergency response driving training provided within the fire and rescue services in NSW Australia and the United Kingdom. It offers recommendations for improvements to emergency response driving training within Fire and Emergency New Zealand, particularly as we move forward with integration of rural and urban fire services.

Click here to view the report.


Why we 360: an investigation of psychological distress, injury and suicide within Fire and Emergency New Zealand

by Senior Firefighter Josh Darby, Area 4, Te Hiku (previously Region 1)

This three-part report aims to help Fire and Emergency New Zealand improve their response to identifying, eliminating and/or minimising the psychological risks faced by firefighters.

Click here to view the report.


Len Doughty Fellowship …

Small Scale Decontamination for Business as Usual

by Senior Firefighter Wayne Johnson, Area 6, Ngā Tai Ki Te Puku (previously Region 2)

SFF Johnson provides an overview of the decontamination systems – including equipment and processes - used by the New Zealand Defence Force and five state fire rescue and emergency services in Australia.

Click here to view the report.


Effective Community Engagement Workshops

Report by Sally Chesterfied, Region Community Education Advisor

Peter Kenyon from the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) in Australia facilitated national Fire and Emergency NZ ‘Effective Community Engagement’ workshops.

These workshops encouraged Fire and Emergency and other emergency services personnel to think differently about how to undertake community engagement, and how do it better.

The report provides an outline of the workshop presentation and methodology, workshop data analysis and themes. Click here to view the report.


Human Behaviour in Fires

Report by Zoe Mounsey, Senior Research Programme Advisor and Peter Wilding, Manager Fire Investigation & Arson Reduction)

David Wales, Customer Experience Manager, Kent Fire and Rescue presented his research on ‘Human Behaviour in Fires’ to the national Fire and Emergency NZ Fire Risk Management Forums. David’s research on fire injuries will inform Fire and Emergency research looking at the extent of fire injuries in NZ and how behaviour contributes to those injuries and informs the development of our role in after-event recovery.

This report shares an outline of the forum presentations and participant feedback. Click here to view the report.

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