Employers of Fire and Emergency’s 12,000 plus volunteers can now display a ‘proud employer of volunteers’ mark(external link) revealed this week.

Minister of Internal Affairs Tracey Martin unveiled the mark at Tawa Fire Station yesterday (Tuesday 11 August 2020). Fire and Emergency Board Chair Paul Swain, Chief Executive Rhys Jones, Deputy Chief Executive People Brendan Nally, Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery Kerry Gregory, Deputy Chief Executive Office of the Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley also attended along with volunteers from Tawa, Wellington Rural, Newlands, Plimmerton and their employers.

The new ‘proud employer of volunteers’ mark acknowledges the support of the many organisations across the country who employ Fire and Emergency volunteers, as well as self-employed volunteers.

Employers play a vital role in supporting communities across New Zealand by allowing our volunteers to attend incidents, whenever they occur.

For self-employed volunteers, their contribution is two-fold; not only do they give up their time, they are also spending time away from running their business.

The mark is a stylised flame in the shape of a matau or fishhook which represents a responsibility to protect and serve New Zealand communities, land and property. The entwined lines represent the collaboration between volunteers, their employers, and Fire and Emergency.

It is one of the initiatives of Fire and Emergency’s wider volunteer reward and recognition package announced by Minister Martin in June last year to recognise the contribution Fire and Emergency volunteers make to their communities, as well as the role of their whānau and employers who support them.

Colin Robson is the Director of HTS Group and the Rural Controller of Wellington Voluntary Rural Fire Force.

“Releasing staff for calls and training can be difficult but this mark promotes the commitment employers are making to supporting volunteering with Fire and Emergency,” says Mr Robson.

“Displaying the proud employer Mark enables us to show that we as a company are committed to providing opportunities for our staff to support the community and their personal development.

“As well as giving back to the community, our staff can bring the skills and personal development from volunteering back to our organisation.”

Board Chair Paul Swain, Minister of Internal Affairs Tracey Martin and Chief Executive Rhys Jones with the new proud employer mark.

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