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. In 2017 the group was renamed the Research Advisory Committee.
Research Advisory Group members
The Research Advisory Committee consists of the Director of Business Effectiveness (Chair), one internal urban representative, one rural representative and two independent members one with a natural science background and one with a social science background.