The formation of Fire and Emergency New Zealand represents a once in a generation opportunity to enable New Zealand to have a fit for purpose 21st century fire and emergency organisation that is flexible, adaptable and efficient.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand has three foundational priorities that underpin the strategic priorities as follows:
We will fully integrate rural and urban fire services over the next 3 years, drawing on the strengths and differences of both sectors.
The safety, health and wellbeing of our people, and the public, is integral to everything we do.
We will consult and engage with our people and stakeholders in our work to deliver our services and in shaping the new organisation.
Fire reduction and prevention
We will build our capability to deliver effective community risk reduction activities to prevent unwanted fires and provide guidance on fire risk reduction and prevention.
Stronger engagement with communities
Engaging and connecting with our communities will enable us to identify and provide services that are appropriate to community risks and needs.
Coordinated services will help ensure improved readiness for, and response to, incidents. We will build capacity and capability in a range of areas. This will enhance coordination within Fire and Emergency New Zealand and with other emergency services.
The Fire and Emergency New Zealand leadership structure is as follows:
|Executive Leadership Team|
Paul McGill is acting DCE until 18 March
Bella Sutherland is acting DCE until 8 April
To support operational continuity, Paul McGill, National Commander Urban and Kevin O'Connor, National Manager Rural will continue in their roles until 30 June 2019. They will work closely with the Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery.
The Chief Executive reports to the Chairman of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Board(external link).