In the 2008-09 year, volunteer firefighters put in over 278,000 working hours.
The youngest active firefighter is 16 and the oldest is 79 and serves at Picton Volunteer Fire Brigade.
More than 11% of all firefighters are women - up from 3% in 1994.
There are currently 7,352 volunteer firefighters in New Zealand.
Volunteer firefighters attended 32,867 incidents between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009.