Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Fire and Emergency NZ committed to learning from Port Hills

Fire and Emergency New Zealand committed to learning from Port Hills fires response

Today Fire and Emergency New Zealand has released the independent review into the operational response to the Port Hills Fires.

The review was conducted by Alan Goodwin of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC), who has over 25 years’ experience in wildfires and has led several large operational reviews in Australia.

The then New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) and National Rural Fire Authority (NRFA) commissioned AFAC to conduct an independent operational review of the event to learn from the response. The focus of the review was to make recommendations on how the now newly established Fire and Emergency New Zealand will carry out its duties in the future.

"The Port Hills fires were one of the biggest and most complex in New Zealand’s history," said Fire and Emergency Chief Executive, Rhys Jones.

"The Review found that while firefighters from across the agencies did a lot of things well there are areas we need to improve," he said. "We accept the Review’s findings and have developed an Action Plan to set out how we will respond to meeting each of the recommendations.

"The Action Plan focuses on three main outcomes - improving how our firefighters and incident management team operate and work together; the safety of our firefighters; and keeping the community at the heart of our work before, during and after an incident.

"The main difference is, next time, it will be one organisation responding to the fire. Fire and Emergency New Zealand has brought together urban and rural firefighters from 38 different fire agencies into one organisation under one piece of legislation. The lessons from these fires and this Review will be help us build our new organisation into one that serves our communities best," said Mr Jones.

Fire and Emergency has a range of information that people in the community can use to help protect their families and property this coming fire season. The Port Hills fires showed that rural fires can easily take hold in what many would consider an urban setting. The fire risk is something everyone needs to be aware of and prepared for. You can check the fire risk in your area by going to www.checkitsalright.nz

"I want to acknowledge the people who lost so much as a result of the Port Hills fires. You have my deepest sympathies and commitment to improving how our new organisation, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, responds to events like this in the future.

"I also want to thank all firefighters, emergency responders, support personnel and community volunteers who worked tirelessly in very difficult conditions to keep Christchurch safe."For more information go to: www.fireandemergency.nz/port-hills


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Weird Ways Of Funding Care For The Dying

National Party leader Judith Collins thinks the government’s traffic light system for emerging from Covid lockdowns is “confusing.” Perhaps she could be looking in the mirror because in recent weeks, National has hardly been a model of crystalline clarity. On RNZ this morning Collins was calling for the scrapping of all vaccine certificates and mandates once we hit 90% double dose vaccination. Yet in recent weeks, Chris Bishop, National’s Covid spokesperson has been indicating that vaccine certificates and employment mandates will be, and should be, part of our new Covid landscape... More>>

Government: Backs Business To Vaccinate Workforces

The Government is introducing a range of measures to help protect workplaces and workers from COVID-19, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood announced today.
“We’ve heard the calls from employers and employees to provide certainty on what roles need to be done by vaccinated workers under the COVID-19 Protection Framework... More>>



Three Waters: Government To Protect Vital Public Water Services For Future Generations
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today confirmed the Government will create four publicly owned water entities to ensure every New Zealander has access to affordable, long-lasting drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure... More>>


Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels