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Fire Service investigates Waimate fatal fire


The Fire Service is investigating the cause of a fire that claimed the lives of three people in Waimate today.

Supreme Court clarification of the law welcomed


The New Zealand Fire Service Commission welcomed the 13 May 2015 Supreme Court judgement ruling against certain policy constructions designed to artificially reduce levies.

Firefighters recognised for contributions


Six firefighters have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Help set the future for NZ’s fire services


Internal Affairs Minister Dunne is asking New Zealand what it thinks its fire services should look like.


The Fire Services Review looks at the main issues preventing fire services from being as effective as possible, and asks how best to address these.

Seven North Island stations to get $2 million upgrade


Work has begun this week on upgrading seven North Island fire stations at a cost of nearly $2 million.


Three of stations earmarked for seismic-strengthening and refurbishment work are in Taranaki – Stratford, Hawera and Okaiawa – and three in the lower North Island – Marton, Shannon and Waikanae.

New Zealand USAR team to help in Vanuatu

New Zealand is to send 14 urban search and rescue personnel to Vanuatu to help with rebuilding efforts in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Fire Service moves in extra crews as Cyclone Pam nears

More than 70 firefighters and 30 appliances and other specialist vehicles are moving into vulnerable North Island coastal areas as Cyclone Pam approaches the country.

New Zealand secures UN classification of search and rescue team

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New Zealand has gained a United Nations classification of its national urban search and rescue team following a 36-hour exercise that ended in Palmerston North last night.

Pacific Islands group to observe UN search and rescue bid


A 23-strong group of Pacific Island fire, police, rescue and emergency management officials is to visit New Zealand to observe an exercise to get United Nations classification of the country’s urban search and rescue team.

New Zealand seeks UN classification of search and rescue team


New Zealand expects to gain a United Nations classification of its national urban search and rescue team following a 36-hour exercise that begins in Palmerston North on Monday (9 March). 

Australian Prime Minister to thank New Zealand fire crews


The contribution of more than 400 New Zealand firefighters in helping battle bushfires across the Tasman over the past 14 years will be acknowledged tomorrow during a visit by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to an Auckland fire station. 

Two confirmed dead in Tolaga Bay fire


Investigators have confirmed the deaths of two people in a house fire in Tolaga Bay early this morning.

Fire Service talks safety in te reo to preschoolers


The Fire Service is expanding its range of educational material with the release of a te reo Maori teaching resource for preschoolers.