As part of the modernisation process of the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS), the New Zealand Fire Service Commission determined that NZFS should have a greater investment in research and in particular should set up a Contestable Research Fund of $550,000. The stated purpose of the Contestable Research Fund was to advance knowledge in fire prevention and fire management in New Zealand in order to meet the Commission's statutory interest as laid out in Part 2 of the Fire Service Act 1975.
At its July 1998 meeting the New Zealand Fire Service Commission agreed to establish the fund and a Research Advisory Group was formed to administer it. The Commission agreed the constitution of that group in August 1998.
Research Advisory Group members
The Research Advisory Group is mostly made up NZFS people. They are the Director of Programme and Change Management (Chair), National Risk Reduction Manager, National Rural Fire Officer, Manager Rural Fire Operations and the Programme Coordinator. In addition to the NZFS members there are 2 external consultants who sit on the group.