NZ Sign Language Week 2018 logoThis week (7-13 May) is New Zealand Sign Language week. To celebrate, during the week we will put some of our firefighters sign to the test, highlight the work of Fire and Emergency using Sign Language, and even learn some sign ourselves!

Check out the Fire and Emergency Facebook page throughout the week to see Bridgette Strid, Quin Webster and Nick Linton signing some fire safety videos. National Headquarters will also host Nick Linton on the 10 May for a taster class where we will learn some sign language, hear how Nick uses sign language in our communities and see how Deaf and Hard of Hearing alarms work.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand works alongside external organisations to help Deaf or Hard of Hearing people obtain specialized equipment known as Hearing Assisted Technology (interconnected smoke alarms, pillow shakers, flashing lights, pagers) to help alert them to a smoke alarm activation.

For more information on Sign Language week, visit Deaf Aotearoa(external link).

For 25 signs you can learn and use at work, see 25 Signs to Learn at Work(external link).


If you think you are up to date with your sign language knowledge, feel free to do our quiz here(external link).

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