Today marks International Women’s Day, a day for us to celebrate the important women in our lives.

The theme of this year’s Day is #BalanceforBetter as a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.

There is lots going on around the country today to acknowledge the women in our workforce, including events in Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Palmerston North and other areas with our emergency services colleagues.

Some of our NHQ staff celebrating International Women's Day with a morning tea
QFF Katie Wilson-Bryant Apiti Brigade, SFF Belinda Cadzow Palmerston North, Kristine Bartlett
2018 New Zealander of the Year and QFF Anna Gordon Ashhurst Brigade at an International
Women's Day breakfast in Palmerston North.

“To the best of my knowledge, today’s events are the first time women in the emergency services have all come together to celebrate the day,” says Fire and Emergency Advisor, Women’s Development Katie Smart. “I hope there will be many more opportunities like this in the future as it’s such a positive initiative.”

Today we also acknowledge all the men and women who have supported and championed for the women in our organisation over the years, and celebrate the successes and strengths of the women currently in, or planning to join, our workforce.

This includes the future new recruits taking part in a trial 8-week bootcamp to help them pass the fitness test to become a firefighter (pictured left).

The trial boot camp is helping us to achieve #balanceforbetter in our organisation and the majority of participants for this round of the boot camp have been women. This follows on from last year’s successful recruitment round where more women than ever applied to be a career firefighter.

There’s been a steady increase in women taking up operational roles in firefighting nationally over the years. We will continue to work to maintain this and grow our network of Women in Fire and Emergency (WFENZ). 

Learn more about our WFENZ network here and get to know those in the WFENZ network in your area.



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