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Compulsory smoke alarms needed in rental accommodation


The tragic deaths of three young people during a house fire in Hamilton, hot on the heels of a 3 year old dying in a house fire the previous week, point directly to the need for compulsory smoke alarms in rental properties.

NZ Fire Service adopts a Neighbourly approach


The New Zealand Fire Service has completed a three month trial using New Zealand's first neighbourhood website,, and is reporting a significant increase in overall awareness of key fire safety messages.

Fire Service advice to public reguarding power outage


The New Zealand Fire Service is advising Aucklanders affected by the power outage to follow some basic safety rules for using generators, gas barbecues and lanterns.

Update on Northcote College Fire


Fire investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the fire at Northcote College in Birkenhead on Friday evening however they do not believe it was suspicious.

Daylight Saving: check your sm oke alarms this weekend(27 Sept 2014)

Fire Medical Vehicle
The Fire Service urges people to test their smoke alarms at the same time they move their clocks forward an hour for Daylight Saving this weekend.

Fire Service unveils prototype fire medical vehicle

Fire Medical Vehicle
A prototype dual purpose fire and medical response vehicle developed by the New Zealand Fire Service and St John is about to start a year of trials to test the concept. The prototype is designed for use in rural and remote communities whose brigades provide a medical first response service.

Media release: Operational Review into Racetech fire released

The New Zealand Fire Service has released its Operational Review and Accident Investigation Report into the fire at Racetech’s Seaview factory in August last year, in which Senior Firefighter (SF) Troy Mahupuku received serious burns

New Zealand sends rural firefighters to bushfires in Victoria

A taskforce of New Zealand rural firefighters will be deployed to Australia tomorrow to help contain bushfires in Victoria. A second taskforce will leave on Monday.