Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019/20 Firefighters’ Scholarship and Len Doughty Fellowship.

  • Firefighters’ Scholarship:  SO Talite Liaava, St. Heliers Station, Te Hiku
  • Len Doughty Fellowship:  FRMO (Secondment) Nick Linton, Waitemata Area, Te Hiku

Firefighters’ Scholarship

The Firefighters’ Scholarship provides an opportunity to research, study or undertake a project that is relevant to Fire and Emergency's strategic plan, or that demonstrates innovative approaches to contributing to the welfare of the organisation. Personnel eligible for this opportunity are career firefighters and officers (up to and including Senior Station Officers) who have a minimum of five years of service, and Comcen Communicators, Senior Communicators and Shift Managers who have a minimum of five years of service. The project can be done here in New Zealand or overseas.

The recipient of the 2019/20 Firefighters’ Scholarship is Station Officer Talite Liavaa, who will undertake an international study into ‘Personal Accountability at Greater Alarms’. Talite intends to visit brigades in the USA and England to observe international accountability tools and processes for all personnel at greater alarm incidents.

Len Doughty Fellowship

The Len Doughty Fellowship provides an opportunity for operational and non-operational personnel (both paid and volunteer) to travel overseas to research, study or seconded to an overseas fire service or organisation to gain the first-hand experience of an innovative program or project. Proposals must be relevant to the annually promoted strategic areas of priority. The Board may also elect to use the Fellowship to bring international expertise to New Zealand.

The recipient of the 2019/20 Len Doughty Fellowship is FRMO Nick Linton who will undertake an international study into ‘Risk Reduction and Inclusion: Investigating how Fire and Emergency New Zealand can better engage with, support, and improve outcomes for disabled people across our community’. Nick intends to visit brigades and organisations in Australia.

Both studies are relevant to multiple aspects of the Fire and Emergency’s strategic framework.

Impact of COVID-19

While the NZ Government maintains international travel restrictions to protect against the spread of COVID-19, the above 2019/20 study tours are dependent on these restrictions easing by 30 June 2021, and the subsequent updating of the Fire and Emergency travel policy currently in place at Alert Level 1.

More information

Learn more about the Firefighters' Scholarship or the Len Doughty Fellowship or view historic Scholarship and Fellowship reports here

You can also contact Beth Piggott at or on 04 496 3610.

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