Happy New Zealand Sign Language Week everyone!

Sign language is used by 20,000 kiwis daily.

Having a diverse range of skills such as sign language amongst our people will help us better support the needs of our iwi and communities. 

We interact with thousands of New Zealanders every day when we carry out our Fire and Emergency work - imagine being able to use basic sign language when you interact with someone from the deaf community!

Get Involved

This week, we challenge you to learn some basic sign language.

There are many ways you can do this:

Protect your deaf or hard of hearing whanau

Have you thought about how deaf people know there’s a fire if they can’t hear a fire alarm?

At Fire and Emergency New Zealand we work hard to understand and include everyone so we can better serve our iwi and communities.

That’s why we work with deaf and hard of hearing people to ensure they are prepared and safe.

If you know someone who is deaf or hard of hearing, share with them some information on smoke alarms for deaf or hard of hearing people(external link). They may even be eligible for a free home fire safety visit.

You can also share with them these three Fast Fire Facts videos which have been translated to New Zealand Sign Language Week.

Fast Fire Facts – Escape Plan(external link)

Fast Fire Facts – Clean Kitchen(external link)

Fast Fire Facts – Hot Ashes(external link)

Find out more about New Zealand Sign Language Week.(external link)

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