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Fire + Rescue Magazine : Issue 97

The first issue for 2014 celebrates the dogged efforts of Whanganui woman Lois Blackmore to find and train a search dog for the USAR team. We drop in to the updated volunteer Qualified Firefighter course at Rotorua, examine the new Level 2 structural firefighting suits, stop off for a visit with the Hanmer Springs Brigade and catch up with the new training strategy. There’s also a rural weather forecast, and more.

Fire + Rescue Magazine : Issue 96

The December/January issue reveals our plans for rebuilding the fire station network in Christchurch, following the earthquakes. We visit the tactical incident command training course being rolled out to all 76 operational executive officers. There’s an update on the modular designs being introduced for some fire stations. We also look at the latest on the new consistent approach for responding to medical incidents. There’s a ‘nek minnit’ moment, a practice USAR deployment, a few other news items and an unveiling of the new flexible brigade model. Plenty of summer reading. Happy holidays.

Fire + Rescue Magazine : Issue 95

For the November issue we update the new breathing apparatus roll out, and our progress toward international classification for the USAR team. Fire + Rescue goes back to the battered Brooklands Brigade on the edge of Christchurch to find out what the future holds for them after their neighbourhood was red-zoned. We also look at the portacabin paradise that is now our Christchurch Area and Region 4 headquarters. There are a couple of animal stories, a progress report on what trucks are rolling out from Fraser Engineering and more.

Fire + Rescue Magazine : Issue 94

The October issue shows off the new helmet colours, gets an insight into how they do the business in the central South Island and introduces a new tool in the MVA extrication toolbox. There is also a feature on Tony Scott – the firefighter behind the Skytower Stair Climb Challenge and a host of other events and fundraisers.

Fire + Rescue Magazine : Issue 93

The September issue focuses on brigades in Northland and the innovative ways they are using to attract new recruits. We also promote the Firefighters Ride for Cancer – a motorbike road trip from Invercargill to Auckland, report on new initiatives to support volunteers, and go behind the scenes for the making of the new ‘Speed of Fire’ television advertisement.

Fire + Rescue Magazine : Issue 92

The August 2013 issue focuses on a recent seminar about the links between fire fighting and cancer and ways to reduce exposure to toxins. There is also a look at a growing fire safety issue within small tourist accommodation businesses in Auckland, an outline of what Training will be focusing on over the next few years and we also drop in on a unique exercise involving a re-invented CO₂fire extinguishment technique.

Issue91

The July issue looks at the impact of the recent wild weather, a new job for some of the Auckland-based USAR team members, the new chassis for the Type 3, and the smelly job the Christchurch firefighters have had. There’s also a feature on Auckland firefighter Paul Gerritsen’s challenging row across the Atlantic, an article that gives insight into the support given to injured or ill staff and more.

Issue 90

The June 2013 issue provides an update on Urban Search and Rescue activities as we head toward international classification, there’s a great outcome to some Auckland neighbourhood collaboration on arson, we talk to Combat Challenge contestants and Sky Tower stair climb enthusiasts and drop in on the NZFS event to celebrate the latest recipients of Royal Honours.

Issue89

Issue 89 The May issue of Fire + Rescue looks at the record-breaking drought and the impact the resulting summer fires have had on some of our brigades. We also report on one crew’s community activities in Upper Hutt, provide information on the new rope rescue kits, introduce the new Director Training – Max Hood , and more.

Issue88

The March/April issue features a lift out section that celebrates the professionalism and service of New Zealand Fire Service staff and volunteers following the Christchurch 2011 earthquake. We also note the ‘Job well done’ by Auckland crews at a recent apartment block fire; look at how we are learning from the bushfires in Australia; and more.

Issue87

The February issue looks at where things are at in Canterbury, two years on from the massive 22 February earthquake. There are interviews with the incoming and outgoing region managers, some updates from local brigades and we look at where planning is at for the Christchurch fire stations. Other articles look at a fire investigation in Rarotonga, the introduction of five-year fixed term appointments for Chief Fire Officers and the newer, faster SMART tools.

Issue86

Issue 86. In the December issue, Turangi Brigade faces a heart-stopping moment following a truck crash on the Desert Road; an NZFS training officer travels to Antarctica to teaching basic fire fighting skills to Scott Base staff; there’s a new Type 1 prototype out for testing; and a demonstration on the fire-stopping power of wool makes a right royal impression. Plus news from around the country.

Issue85

Issue 85 In the November issue we look into a rescue at Muriwai, drop in to a couple of Honours evenings, take a look behind the latest tv campaign, and stop off at a fire safety promotion where everything was conducted in te reo Mäori. There’s also news from around the country.

Issue 84

The October issue goes inside the fire fighting operation on board the Ocean Breeze that soaked up every available Christchurch appliance recently; we get a sneak preview of the prototype fire appliance/ambulance being built for trial next year; four new volunteer recruits share their experience of basic training with us; we background some of the changes that have taken place as a result of the region restructure and realignment project; and there’s news from out and about.

Issue 83

In September’s issue we take a look at what has been going on in and around Whanganui; there is a feature on Pacific helmets – the makers of our firefighters’ helmet; we look at a couple of Porirua station initiatives; and check out an cool new piece of high tech kit coming our way.

Issue 82

In the August issue we look a the new frontline fire fighting tool in Christchurch– foam. Foam uses less water to put out a structure fire and in the shaky city, water mains are not as reliable as they used to be. There’s also a look at two newly opened stations in Auckland, and a peek at the new firefighters’ helmet that will start to be introduced later this year. We launch a home fire safety check DVD for the public and those with hearing or sight impairments and talk to some enthusiastic new recruits.

Issue 81

In July, we took a trip to Southland to take the pulse of a few brigades and find out more about the life-saving rescue of a young boy from a burning Invercargill house.

Issue 80

30/05/2012
The June issue helps celebrate Volunteer Awareness Week. Stories include some volunteers’ thoughts on what it means to give up their time for their community and we look at how some brigades are targeting new volunteer members. Blenheim brigade talks about its ‘Clued Up Kids’ initiative and Rotorua staff target a school arsonist. Other items include what’s in the wind for management training and leadership within the Service.

Issue 79

01/05/2012
The May 2012 issue celebrates the opening of the scenario training facilities at the National Training Centre in Rotorua – our own Universal Studio movie set.  We take a look at the project to introduce the New Zealand Fire Service way of doings things – from a volunteer perspective.  There is an update on our work with the Safe Community initiative and a feature on firefighter Blair Marriott who survived an horrific motorbike crash and has gone on to a new job at National Headquarters.  And lots more.

Issue 78

16/04/2012
The April issue looks at our new smoke alarm campaign, how we are getting things done ‘the New Zealand Fire Service way’, the upgrade for Wellington Central Fire Station and the tools we use to spot arsonists at work.

Issue 77

The March issue features the Northland Kauri Museum's narrow escape, looks at some of the changes taking place in other fire and emergency services around the world and Chief Executive and National Commander Paul Baxter outlines some the organisational training and professional development initiatives that are underway.

Issue 76

The February issue looks at what has been happening to the personnel and fire stations hit by the Christchurch earthquake a year ago. Among those affected are the Brooklands brigade members who will have to close down their station and move out of the red zoned community before next April.

Issue 75

In the December issue there’s a strong theme – practice makes perfect. We look at several challenges and competitions that have recently been held that not only hone firefighters’ skills, but also provide valuable lessons and a lot of fun. Meanwhile at Headquarters, there’s a changing of the guard, with current Chief Executive/National Commander Mike Hall about to retire, and former Eastern Region Manager Paul Baxter taking over the role.

Issue74

The November 2011 issue puts the spotlight on Shannon, Levin, and a few of the other small brigades on the lower Manuwatu coast. We look at a new initiative to improve home fire safety in Shannon and Foxton, drawing on the resources of other agencies and organisations in the area. There is also an update on the Volunteer Sustainability Project and we catch up with the Tapanui brigade’s latest news. We also release our latest research report which has examined some of the links between alcohol and house fires.

Issue 73

In the October issue we talk to the Chief Fire Officer of the Taneatua brigade which was first on the scene at an horrific road crash involving a logging truck and a school bus full of children. We show off our latest Rugby World Cup fire safety campaigns, including a wicked deal with Hell Pizza. We spend time in the snow and ice testing new truck technology, head over to Zambia to find out just what a New Zealand volunteer firefighter can achieve when he really puts his mind to something, and of course there’s bits and pieces of news from around the country.

Issue 72

In the September issue of Fire + Rescue we feature the rescue effort at Onehunga following a massive gas explosion in a water main that killed one person and seriously injured other contractors working on the site. We go inside the recent World and Australasian Road Rescue Challenges and also look at the life-saving double whammy that Johnsonville crew celebrated. Other news includes; the pressures on funding, the new Type 2 appliance and an update on our Employer Recognition Programme.

Issue 71

In the August issue we look at the welfare support that has been put in place for firefighters and other personnel in Canterbury in the year since the first major earthquake. There is a feature on the some of the international experience and use of CAFS (compressed air foam systems) in fire fighting. We update personnel on the new operational efficiency and readiness regime and drop in on the Paraparaumu crew who saved a young girl from a house fire. Plus there’s our usual news of initiatives and activities ‘out and about’.

Issue 70

Our feature this month looks at the record number of natural disasters we have attended in the past 12 months – over and above the thousands of incidents related to the Canterbury earthquakes. We turned out to a record number of emergencies as a result of high winds, flooding and a tornado. Meanwhile, Invercargill personnel brought home the fire safety messages, Dunedin had fun with flames and film, and there is news from around the country.

Issue 69

The June issue focuses on a fire in Ashburton which destroyed an historic flour mill. It took the combined resources of many mid Canterbury brigades to bring it under control. We also show off a new character for our Flint and Amber fire safety campaign, celebrate the bravery awards bestowed on personnel recently, and update the progress we are making in adjusting and responding to the ‘new normal’ in Christchurch following the February earthquake.

Issue 68

This month's issue has been delayed by the Christchurch earthquake. It focuses on our response to the emergency, the impact it has had on our organisation and the road to recovery. We also tell some of the stories from a few of the many crews and brigades who pulled out all the stops to carry out rescues and help out their communities.

Issue 67

In this issue we feature our first photographs from the Christchurch 22 February earthquake. National Commander Mike Hall explains the region restructure proposal and we feature the work of the stations and brigades of Wairarapa. There is also a “Fire-side” feature on a fire in a building housing huge mounds of firewood near Levin and a photo essay on the building of our new hazmat/command fleet.

Issue 66

Welcome to the first issue for 2011. In this edition we feature the Pike River Coal Mine disaster; our preparation for the Rugby World Cup, a look at what the future may bring for the Fire Service, and new research that shows just how hard it is to be a rural firefighter. Plus much much more.

Issue 65

Welcome to the 2010 Christmas edition of Fire & Rescue. This month we focus on volunteers to mark International Volunteers Day, we take an insider’s look at the collision between two passenger trains near Wellington, introduce the new Performance Information Centres, take a look back in history, and more...

Issue 64

In the November issue we again focus on the Fire Service response to the Canterbury earthquake. We also feature two volunteer brigades as we celebrate International Day of Volunteers. There are updates on developments with our fleet and coverage of the introduction of a text service for the Deaf.

Issue 63

In this month’s magazine there is full coverage of our response in Canterbury following the 7.1 earthquake on 4 September with photos and stories from several brigades, USAR and reports on the backroom operations. We also look at how to stage an open home following a house fire, lessons from a house burn exercise and take a look at the 2011 firefighter calendars.

Issue 62

This month we feature the new Fire Research and Investigation Unit, news from the National Training Centre, some quick thinking that led to a great rescue, the latest from our Firewise team, and some of our behind-the-scenes support.

Issue 61

In the August issue we look at a recent exercise at Aoraki Mt Cook, showcase initiatives to prevent school arsons, get the inside details of a road-side rescue and provide an update on tools to improve communication.

Issue 60

30/06/2010
This month we take a look at the Southdown Freezing Works fire, explain the 'new' approach to home fire safety checks, introduce long-life smoke alarms, and show off the prototype for a new heavy pumping appliance.

Issue 59

04/06/2010
In the June issue we take a look at recruitment; report on the Tamahere commemoration, go inside the fire at Waipukurau Hospital, look at a home safety initiative in Mangere and more.

Issue 58

05/05/2010
In this issue: a busy summer for the rural fire force, an inside look at two fires, introducing a standardised response to some alarm calls, an operational update on hazmats and operational support crew and other news.

Issue 57

01/04/2010
This month’s issue looks at fire investigation training, volunteer recruitment, the new compendium, and introduces a new feature Inside the fire which reports on interesting aspects of specific incidents – this month we take a look at the way rural and urban volunteers dealt to a large fire that threatened parts of Roxburgh in the New year.

Issue 56

03/03/2010
New hard hitting advertisements go to air, rolling out the hazmats, great examples of working with community groups to promote fire safety culture, new equipment coming, and more.

Issue 54

28/01/2010
This issue covers the strategy for the replacement for the radio network, using a new digital radio technology to replace the old analogue system

Issue 55

19/01/2010
In this issue the top stories include a close look at home sprinklers, news from small communities, and the year in review.

Issue 53

04/11/2009
This issue covers building up the fleet, Get Firewise online and the re-organisation of rural fire districts.

Issue 52

04/11/2009
This issue covers the commission report released on Victoria, safety tips for the elderly and the culture of the Fire Service in Canada.

Issue 51

04/11/2009
This issue covers the staff survey, how accelerant detectors beef up the investigation processes and debate around privatisation.

Issue 50

01/05/2009
Issue 50
This issues presents an overview of the new Get Firewise redevelopment programme, which will be ready to promote from the beginning of Term three on 20th July. Issue 50 also contains a new set of fire safety messages that are compelling, dramatic and create and immediate emotional response.

Issue 49

01/03/2009
Issue 49
This issue reveals the new promotional icons 'Flint and Amber', as well as a range of other pertinent seasonal messages. Issue 49 feature coverage of February's devastating fire at the historic Manor Cafe in Sanson. Extensive attention is also focused on the risk of bushfire using the situation in Australia as a key example.

Issue 48

01/02/2009
Issue 48
This issue shows the new organisational structure that the Fire Service is putting in place including a map of New Zealand to show how it all fits together. It also asks the question, how can the fire service encourage building owners to install sprinklers in their businesses?

Issue 47

01/12/2008
Issue 47
This issue reviews 2008 with all its highs and lows, there is an obituary of the New Zealand Fire Service's Kaumatua - Dr Hare Puke who passed away in November and final interviews are given by Ian Pickard and Bill Butzbach before they switch roles.

Issue 46

Issue 46
This issue reviews Guy Fawkes 2008 and investigates whether the law change has had a dramatic impact on the number of callouts. The new deal between the Fire Service and the Mad Butcher is looked at and SFF Lex Calder's gold star award was profiled.

Issue 45

01/10/2008
Issue 45
This issue goes behind the scenes at the shooting of the new Firewise commercials starring Flint and Amber that will screen soon. There is also a deal in the works with Progressive Foods.

Issue 44

01/09/2008
Issue 44
This issue of Fire & Rescue looks at the new fleet that is being built and examines the new appliances. There is also a profile on Andrew Dibble, a member of National Headquarters who made the New Zealand Small Bore indoor rifle team.

Issue 43

01/08/2008
Issue 43
Issue 43 of Fire & Rescue has an international flavour to it with an article on the Rural firefighters helping fight the Californian wildfires and a story on the MoU signed with the Canadian government.

Issue 42

01/07/2008
Issue 42
Issue 42 looks at the new Fire Service TV commercials fronted by National Commander Mike Hall. It shows statistics indicating New Zealand's rate of avoidable residential fatalities is climbing and also shows you which hair product is the most flammable.

Issue 41

01/06/2008
Issue 41
An incident based issue, the powder scares that occurred in Wellington and Whangarei are investigated as well as the effect of ongoing petrol price rises on the Fire Service.

Issue 40

01/05/2008
Issue 40
This issue promotes the Fire Services new-look website. It details the reasoning behind the revamp as well as advertising some of the more exciting features.

Issue 39

01/04/2008
Issue 39
This Fire&Rescue Magazine covers the Tamahere disaster and specifically the loss of SSO Derek Lovell. It also talks about the rate of arson at schools.

Issue 38

01/04/2008
Issue 38
This Fire&Rescue Magazine publicises the Fire Service's new TV commercials as well as raising the problem of how to target fire safety education at the student age group.

Issue 37

01/02/2008
Issue 37
This Fire&Rescue Magazine talks about the Kinleith Pulp and Paper Mill fire and the Patea Freezing Works fire.

Issue 36

01/12/2007
Issue 36
This Fire&Rescue Magazine has a double page spread on summer fire safety, as well as a look back at the Ballentyne's Fire of 1947.

Issue 35

01/11/2007
Issue 35
This Fire&Rescue Magazine discusses Guy Fawkes and its dangers. Also covers the annual Fire Risk Management Conference.

Issue 34

01/10/2007
Issue 34
This Fire&Rescue Magazine updates the Fire Service on technology projects and their progress, also has a two-page spread of a dramatic cave rescue.

Issue 33

01/09/2007
Issue 33
This Fire&Rescue Magazine leads with a story about the Otago Riots that followed the Undie 500. It also discusses the collective agreements signed with the PFU, the PSA and the Chiefs.

Issue 32

01/08/2007
Issue 32
This Fire&Rescue Magazine has a story on the wild winter of 2007, especially the flooding in Northland and the Hawke's Bay.

Issue 31

01/06/2007
Issue 31
This Fire&Rescue Magazine takes a look at the computers that will be powering the Fire Service in the event of an emergency.

Issue 28

01/03/2007
Issue 28
This Fire&Rescue Magazine looks at how sleep affects your performance. Both at work and behind the wheel of a car. It also details the Fire Service's preparation for the expected lahar from Mount Ruapehu.

Issue 29

01/04/2007
Issue 29
This Fire&Rescue Magazine reviews the Northland Floods and the carnage that occurred. As well as this it looks at the radical changes the UFBA underwent at an executive level.

Issue 27

01/01/2007
Issue 27
This Fire&Rescue Magazine talks to some of the firefighters who went over to Australia to help with the wildfires that raged in Victoria. There is also a recount from those who helped in the aftermath of riots in Tonga.

Issue 26

01/12/2006
Issue 26
This Fire&Rescue Magazine was an issue dedicated to the health of firefighters. There is also an awards section for some of the more humorous anecdotes of 2006.

Issue 25

01/11/2006
Issue 25
This Fire&Rescue Magazine investigates the new volunteer campaign to help bolster numbers. There is also a feature on Project K to help youth.

Issue 24

01/10/2006
Issue 24
This Fire&Rescue Magazine looks back over the last 20 years to see how far the fire service has come. There is also a policy announcement that the Fire Service is entirely for a ban on public sales of fireworks.

Issue 23

01/09/2006
Issue 23
This Fire&Rescue Magazine had an international flavour as tales from China, Canada, Australia, Turkey, the UK and the USA grace the pages.

Issue 22

01/08/2006
Issue 22
This Fire&Rescue Magazine helps launch the new fire service advertisements - 'You're Right to React and also profiles the problems with firefighting in Dunedin - especially concerning students.

Issue 21

01/07/2006
Issue 21
This Fire&Rescue Magazine is a 'Road Crash Special' and talks about the 'Take Control' programme where firefighters talk to teenagers about driver safety.

Issue 20

01/06/2006
Issue 20
This Fire&Rescue Magazine asks 'how young is too young?' when it comes to volunteer firefighters. There is also a double page spread on winter house fires.

Issue 19

01/05/2006
Issue 19
This Fire&Rescue Magazine looks at the ideas regions have come up with two months into the home sprinkler campaign.

Issue 18

01/04/2006
Issue 18
This Fire&Rescue Magazine is an 'Arson Special' and looks into what goes on in an arsonist's mind, talks to the Ministry of Education about school fire statistics and talks about the Fire Awareness Intervention Programme.

Issue 16

01/01/2006
Issue 16
This Fire&Rescue Magazine takes a look back at some of the major fires of the summer of 2005 as well as a large photographic spread of a fire in the UK.

Issue 17

01/02/2006
Issue 17
This Fire&Rescue Magazine has a large spread on the new TV commercials about Home Sprinklers. The magazine also deals with the concept of the Fire Service's brand.

Issue 15

01/12/2005
Issue 15
This Fire&Rescue Magazine highlights a group of firefighters who broke the world record for a 24 hour ladder climb. Plus a humorous look back at 2005 in the awards section.

Issue 9

01/05/2005
Issue 9
This Fire&Rescue Magazine shows off the new SMART Map system for disaster management. The magazine also celebrates Kaikohe and Palmerston North fire brigades for winning the inaugural fire station of the year award.

Issue 8

01/04/2005
Issue 8
This Fire&Rescue Magazine shows some of the new Fire Service campaigns for fire safety messages. These include, messages on the back of buses, stickers on meat packs and burnt kitchen implements in kitchen displays.

Issue 7

01/03/2005
Issue 7
This Fire&Rescue Magazine detailed the first mobilisation of an entire urban search and rescue task force following national protocols - this was to a Greymouth tornado.

Issue 6

01/02/2005
Issue 6
This Fire&Rescue Magazine has an article written by Jim Dance who went to Indonesia as part of the emergency management team following the Tsunami.

Issue 5

01/12/2004
Issue 5
This Fire&Rescue Magazine makes staff aware of the new Online Ordering System - or OLO - where firefighters can order firesafety brochures to be sent to their brigade.

Issue 13

01/10/2005
Issue 13
This Fire&Rescue Magazine reviews the Staying Alive Expo held at Mystery Creek which had a multitude of fire safety events. Plus an article investigates a study that links alcohol with unsafe fiery practice.

Issue 14

01/11/2005
Issue 14
This Fire&Rescue Magazine helps launch the new fire service Hazmat Command Vehicle - to be used in hazardous materials callouts. There is also a report of the incidents from the recent Guy Fawkes.

Issue 12

01/08/2005
Issue 12
This Fire&Rescue Magazine includes a series of emails written from some firefighters in the USA who were deployed to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It is also the launch of the Fire Services five values.

Issue 10

01/06/2005
Issue 10
This Fire&Rescue Magazine looks at the July 7 bombings in London and the response of the local Fire Service. There is also a piece mourning the loss of 14 firefighters who died in the summer fire season in Spain and France.

Issue 11

01/07/2005
Issue 11
This Fire&Rescue Magazine advertises the new under-fives Firewise pack. It also runs a profile piece on Jon Graham who became Wellington Chief Fire Officer.

Issue 3

01/09/2004
Issue 3
This Fire & Rescue Magazine reunites two firefighters with a man whom they had helped rescue from severe burns when he climbed a 110,000 volt pylon in 1972.

Issue 4

01/11/2004
Issue 4
This Fire & Rescue Magazine is a 'Training Around the Country' special that takes a look at various training programmes around the country as run by firefighters.

Issue 2

01/08/2004
Issue 2
This Fire & Rescue Magazine detailed the most severe storms to hit Wellington in 30 years. There is also a spread on the absolute necessity for smoke alarms.

Issue 1

01/07/2004
Issue 1
This Fire and Rescue Magazine looks back in time to the 'good old days' and asks how the Fire Service has improved in 25 years. It was also volume one of Fire&Rescue, the New Zealand Fire Service's flagship publication.
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