Welcome to the Spring edition of Ignite as we celebrate our people across the country supporting their communities, participating in personal challenges, and keeping Aotearoa safe.

In this issue, you can read about the rollout of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) first responder course to our people in isolated communities. With pilots recently held in Greymouth, Queenstown and Dannevirke.

We profile our teams coming together to collaborate on a live house burn in Palmerston North that aired on TVNZ's Seven Sharp.

We speak with Anne Cairns about the benefits of balancing two careers as she competed at the Tokyo Olympics in the canoe sprint competition for Samoa.

There are stories about how Te Ihu's firefighters came out in force to help their communities in the face of extraordinary flooding on the West Coast during winter. 

You'll also find the heartwarming story of a graduate firefighter who dropped to his knee and proposed to his partner at the graduation ceremony, updates from the fleet team, the Board and much more.

Print copies are now with your local station, Area or Region office. You can also download a digital version as a PDF here [PDF, 2.2 MB]

We are always on the lookout for contributions to Ignite. Send your story ideas to: communications@fireandemergency.nz Photos need to be at least 1MB.

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