Fire Services Review
- Unified fire services organisation to be set up
- Read the submissions on the Fire Services Review
- Discussion Document and supporting information
- What led to this review?
- Who and what is involved?
- Further background
The Minister announced on 13 November 2015 that the government has agreed to bring urban and rural fire services together into one unified fire services organisation. The new organisation will have regional committees that will ensure the particular interests of the regions are taken into account. Funding decisions are still to be made.
The new organisation will be a merger of the 52 rural fire authorities, and the National Rural Fire Authority, and the New Zealand Fire Service (which are both part of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission). The Cabinet paper notes that the merger into the new organisation will ensure the strengths of both rural and urban fire services are retained and enhanced.
The Department of Internal Affairs will manage the transition design – working closely with stakeholders – until new members are appointed to the New Zealand Fire Service Commission.
The Minister has announced that he would be making appointments to the Commission in April 2016 to reflect the skills and expertise needed for the period of significant change ahead.
When the new members of the Commission are in place, it will be expected to consider setting up a sub-committee to oversee the transition.
One of the aims of the transition design is to minimise disruption to service delivery.
Here’s some background information on
- The new unified fire services organisation with regional committees (.pdf 235kb)
- The new unified fire services organisation with regional committees (.docx 235kb)
- New Zealand’s fire services (.pdf 208kb)
- New Zealand’s fire services (.docx 311kb)
- The fire services review (.pdf 245kb)
- The fire services review (.docx 311kb)
- Local Government’s role in fire services (.pdf 214kb)
- Local Government’s role in fire services (.docx 309kb)
The decision to move to a unified fire services organisation with regional committees is the outcome of the Fire Services Review.
Read the Executive Summary:
- Executive Summary of the Submissions Summary – HTML
- Executive Summary of the Submissions Summary – PDF (.pdf) 444k
- Executive Summary of the Submissions Summary – Word (.docx) 754k
Read the full Submissions Summary report:
- Submissions Summary (full report) – PDF (.pdf) 2.1MB
- Submissions Summary (full report) – WORD (.docx) 3.1MB
Here is a list of all submitters:
- Read the individual submissions (in numerical order).
Read the full document or a summary:
- Fire Services Review Discussion Document -PDF (.pdf) 1MB
- Fire Services Review Discussion Document -WORD (.docx) 3MB
On 24 June, a supplementary paper to the Discussion Document was released. This paper responded to feedback from stakeholders about the importance of community engagement for our fire services.
- Supplementary paper - feedback from stakeholders - PDF (.pdf) 185k
- Supplementary paper - feedback from stakeholders - WORD (.docx) 131k
Three background papers provide more information on the rural fire options, the insurance funding options and the response to date to the Swain Report recommendations.
Several reports prepared by MartinJenkins provide some background information about how Enlarged Rural Fire Districts are operating and their expenditure, and the efficiency and effectiveness, and the expenditure and service delivery of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission.
Minister's media release (7 August 2015): Broad support for changes to our fire services (Beehive website)
Minister's media release (27 Mayt 2015): Submissions called for on Fire Services Review (Beehive website)
- Background paper 1: Rural fire options - PDF (.pdf) 817k
- Background paper 1: Rural fire options - WORD (.docx) 1.1MB
- Background paper 2: Insurance funding options - PDF (.pdf) 274k
- Background paper 2: Insurance funding options - WORD (.docx) 181k
- Background paper 3: Summary of Swain Report recommendations - PDF (.pdf) 191k
- Background paper 3: Summary of Swain Report recommendations - WORD (.docx)
- ERFDs: Developing a best practice model (MartinJenkins) (.pdf) 782k
- Picture of Investment in Enlarged Rural Fire Districts (draft) (MartinJenkins) (.pdf) 1.5MB
- Review of Efficiency and Effectiveness: Report to the New Zealand Fire Service Commission (draft) (MartinJenkins) (.pdf) 785k
- New Zealand Fire Service – report on Expenditure and Service Delivery (MartinJenkins) (.pdf) 1.09MB
- Fire and Emergency Services - International Best Practice (.pdf) 1.7MB
This paper outlines best practice in Australia and includes case studies from Canada and England. It was compiled in 2012 for the Fire Review Panel.
The process started with the independent Fire Review Panel’s work in 2012, led by Paul Swain, which resulted in a report that outlined a number of recommendations to Cabinet. (See: Report of the Fire Review Panel, December 2012)
In September 2013, Cabinet agreed next steps based on the recommendations in that report and this review is the next stage of that process and builds on the work done in that report. (See: Cabinet Decisions on Fire Service Review, September 2013)
The Department of Internal Affairs and the New Zealand Fire Service Commission are working together on the review on the Minister’s behalf.
The scope of the review includes mandate and governance, legislation modernisation, funding, rural and urban fire services structures, coordination with other emergency services, and volunteer and workforce engagement and support.
- Speech to the United Fire Brigades’ Association 2014 Annual General Meeting and Conference (Beehive website)
- Cabinet agreed next steps for the review on 2 September 2013 (.pdf, 1.46MB)
- New Zealand Fire Service – report on Expenditure and Service Delivery (MartinJenkins) (.pdf, 1.09MB)