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Scott joined the New Zealand Fire Service as a volunteer in 2004 and is currently stationed at Mosgiel in East Otago. Scott has also served in the Waikouaiti and Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigades and the Mt Cook Industrial Fire Brigade. He is a Past President of the Central Otago Fire Brigades’ Sub-Association and is a graduate of the UFBA Leadership and Governance programme. Scott is a Fellow of the NZFBI, a Graduate Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and also holds Chartered Member status with Engineering New Zealand as an Engineering Technician.
Jared joined the Army as a firefighter in 2000. He has served at Linton, Waiouru and Burnham Military Camp Fire Brigades as well as an Instructor at the Joint Services Fire School. Jared is currently the Fire Master (Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer) at Burnham. Jared holds a Fellow Diploma of the NZFBI, Diploma of Applied Emergency Management, NZIM Diploma in Management, National Diploma in Urban Fire Rescue Operations as well as an array of other National Certificates in Urban, Rural, Airport, Industrial Emergency Response, USAR, Civil Defence, Business and Training. Jared’s goal on the Council is to broaden the profile of the NZFBI and increase interest amongst the various firefighting organisations.
Phill started his firefighting career in the NZ Army before transferring to the Temuka Volunteer Fire Brigade where he reached the rank of DCFO. From there, he started in the Timaru Fire Brigade as a career firefighter reaching the rank of SFF before leaving the Fire Service to concentrate on farming. This allowed him to join the Fairlie Volunteer Fire Brigade where he is currently the CFO. Phill holds the Fellow Diploma of the NZFBI and is a graduate of the UFBA Leadership and Governance programme. Currently Phill is employed by the Mackenzie District Council as the Emergency Management Officer regarding Civil Defence responsibilities. He believes that the Institute has an important role in assisting all firefighters to improve themselves to be able to serve the communities that we live in.
Pete has a 30 year career as a firefighter, beginning with the Lumsden Volunteer Fire Brigade on 1 July 1989. Pete has served with the RNZAF as a firefighter in 1990 before returning to Lumsden and consequently Dunedin Metro brigade in 1996. Pete has a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Learning Level 7 through Otago Polytechnic. Pete has an intimate knowledge of training, having been involved with National Training since 2005 working as a recruit trainer, then QFF, SFF and is now about to embark on Officer training nationally. Pete has also been a Road Crash Rescue assessor since 1997. Pete is currently an SSO at Dunedin brigade and has the port-folio of Training Manager.