FENZ Independent Workplace Review

Posted on 3rd August 2018

An independent review into Fire and Emergency NZ workplace policies, procedures and practices to address bullying and harassment has now started. Retired Judge Coral Shaw will lead the review supported by a reference group including sexual violence advocate Louise Nicholas, Samantha Turner (Partner at Simpson Grierson), Dr Carol MacDonald (Researcher) and Mike Freely (Independent mediator). UFBA CEO Bill Butzbach recently

New Zealand teams claim victory at Australasian Rescue Challenge

Posted on 31st July 2018

We are delighted that New Zealand teams from volunteer brigades have claimed victory this year over competitors at one of Australasia’s leading international challenges – the ARRO Australasian Rescue Challenge. The event held in Warragul, Victoria, 26-29 July, saw 18 teams from three countries (Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong) compete in a number of scenarios designed to replicate

Another major blaze in Seaview - this time a 5th Alarm

Posted on 27th July 2018

Barely a week has gone by since the Macaulay Metals call last Thursday, and Seaview has again played host to a major blaze. This time it was the Chair Solutions building on Hutt Park Road, and the fire was quickly escalated through multiple alarm levels, with a 5th alarm ultimately transmitted. Our friends from Wainuiomata were part of the initial

3rd Alarm blaze at Macaulay Metals, Seaview

Posted on 19th July 2018

This morning saw members respond to a large blaze at a metal recyclers in the Lower Hutt suburb of Seaview. Massive clouds of toxic smoke were billowing across Seaview and Point Howard as a result of a fire in a scrap metal pile, featuring old refrigerators. 1 person was transported to hospital with smoke inhalation. Stuff has a detailed report including

House Fire - 12th July

Posted on 12th July 2018

In the early hours HWOSU were turned out to a 2nd alarm house fire in Taita. The house was well involved with crews assisting from all over the Hutt Valley. Our members assisted with traffic and crowd control and canteen supplies.

Power lines down Upper Hutt - 7th July

Posted on 9th July 2018

In the horrible winter weather HWOSU were paged to power lines down across the road and one house. We were tasked with road closure, lighting and scene safety so that the Power Authority would work on getting the lines back up onto the power pole

Congratulations to FF Brierton for passing Operational Support training course

Posted on 28th June 2018

Rebecca attended a 2-day Operational Support training course in Rotorua at the National Training Centre where you are put through your paces with all sorts of exercises and events to test your knowledge both in theory and practical. After a very busy and tiring weekend Rebecca passed with flying colours - Congratulations!

Garage Fire Lower Hutt - 25th June

Posted on 26th June 2018

Later in the chilly evening HWOSU were paged to a 2nd alarm house fire in Kelson. The garage suffered alot of damage but was brought under control quickly by fast working firefighting crews who managed to save the house Our unit was tasked with assisting the Command unit with communications with fire safety and crowd control You can read more

Women in Fire and Emergency New Zealand get together - 16th June

Posted on 21st June 2018

On Saturday 16th June some our female members attended an Area 15 WFENZ get together meeting held at Greytown station in the Wairarapa. These are held within each area throughout the country for women to offer support, promote and facilitate the participation and success of women in Fire and Emergency roles within New Zealand. It was a very successful day connecting

Submission on Health & Safety at Work Act Amendment Bill

Posted on 19th June 2018

Last week we mentioned our work on reviewing changes to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. The Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill proposes that Associations “that employ a person or persons for not greater than 100 hours per week.” will be granted exemption from H&S legislation. Another issue is that while an

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