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Fireworks ban needs consideration

Completely irresponsible use of fireworks should make the public think seriously about whether they should be banned from individual sale, Fire Service Chief Executive/National Commander Mike Hall said today.

Elderly urged to get Firewise

The Fire Service is urging elderly New Zealanders to get Firewise. 'Too many elderly are being injured and killed in fires,' says acting national commander Bill Butzbach.

Fire Service tried its best

Firefighters, including specialist urban search and rescue personnel, would have done anything they could to save a construction worker buried under tons of soil in Mission Bay yesterday.

Bushfire prediction tools set to improve with new research on grassland curing

New Zealand's grass fires are the target of new collaborative research with Australia.

Home stay accommodation to be sprinklered

Visitors to larger home stay premises will have the added protection of a home sprinkler system under a new agreement between the New Zealand Fire Service and @Home New Zealand, the association representing all major home stays.

School policy protects lives

The Fire Service is defending its national agreement with the Ministry of Education that limits the use of school facilities for sleepovers and requires appropriate levels of fire protection to ensure the facilities are safe.

National Commander appalled at public apathy

Fire Service National Commander Mike Hall says he is appalled with public apathy following three deaths in fires this week.

Ratana festival is 'firewise'

The Fire Service is doing everything it can to ensure the Ratana festival is as safe from fire as possible.