Following consultation with our members the UFBA has submitted a response to Fire and Emergency NZ’s proposed setting of boundaries for sixteen Local Advisory Committees to match those already established by Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM).
LACs will represent a local perspective to the Board of Fire and Emergency NZ to help influence national strategy, address local issues and inform local planning. The LACs are advisory only and do not have any impact on operational boundaries. More information can be found here.
Representing members’ voices
A survey was sent to all member brigades asking how well they think these boundaries would represent their area, how many committees do they think would best represent their area, what concerns they had and what other options could be considered for boundaries.
The UFBA agreed that using the CDEM boundaries made sense since these were already established to address community risk and consider geographical factors. However, voicing the concerns of our members, we raised the importance of ensuring ‘local’ meant local since some LAC boundaries covered very large geographical areas with isolated communities. We also expressed the importance that these boundaries not be used for operational purposes, which was another concern of some of our members.
Brigades and rural fire forces have increasingly been involved in broader civil defence situations in recent years. By mirroring CDEM boundaries the process supports collaboration and community participation to help ensure communities have what they need towards managing a range of local risks.
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