The Working Safely in Water project would like to hear from anyone who is interested in being seconded to the National Advisor role on the project.

Paul Turner, National Manager Response Capability, says in recent times we have had record flooding in places around the country including Kumeu, West Auckland and Canterbury.

“Our climate is changing and the likelihood is that these events will become more frequent. It’s our response to these climatic changes that underlies the importance of our working in water capability.”

Paul says the National Advisor role is a crucial one for the project involving:

  • contributing to the development of the Working Safely in Water incident response strategy and plan
  • leading the design and development of the national WSIW Project training framework
  • advocating for and representing Fire and Emergency New Zealand to external agencies and communities so that WSIW water event response activities are well understood by key partners
  • liaising with training personnel to contribute to the development of fit-for-purpose training courses, user guides, training materials and system requirements
  • developing and coordinating a network to ensure two-way communication with executive officers, frontline firefighters and trainers

“If you are interested in the project and applying for the role, take a look at what is required and the position description on the Portal.”

The applications for the position close on 18 October.

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