New benefits for volunteers launched
Our volunteers give up a lot to serve our communities and play a big role in keeping New Zealanders safe. To acknowledge our 11,800 plus volunteer firefighters and their family/whānau who support them, Fire and Emergency is adding to the ways we recognise our volunteers.
As part of the recent $4m reward and recognition package for volunteers, Fire and Emergency launched the first phase of a package of initiatives to recognise the valuable contribution our volunteers make. Check out what’s on offer on the Volunteer benefits page on the portal. You don’t need a Fire and Emergency log-in to view these and sign up.
The page is proving very popular with over 15,400 people viewing the new initiatives and over 950 signing up for the $300 annual volunteer reimbursement within the first week since the announcement on Thursday 18 July.
The package of initiatives includes:
Access to an annual volunteer reimbursement of $300 (tax exempt) for general expenses available to volunteers from December 2019 if you choose to opt in. You will need to opt in by signing up to receive the reimbursement, and complete an on-line form.
Access to an allowance of $50 (before tax) per night for Fire and Emergency approved formal training when away overnight or longer.
Access to discounted rates for health insurance.
Access to hundreds of offers around New Zealand via Frequent Values website.
Access to discounts with Fire and Emergency suppliers for everyday items.
Work is underway on further initiatives. These will include ensuring volunteers have equitable access to payments and reimbursements for large incidents. More information will be shared over the coming months.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org