Is traffic management at incidents a safety issue for your brigade?

  Posted on 14th October 2020 by Nick Cottrell in UFBA blog, UFBA News

Is traffic management at incidents a safety issue for your brigade?

On 17 July 2020 Fire and Emergency NZ issued an instruction to operational personnel regarding traffic management at incidents.

The UFBA has since been contacted by members who have raised concerns about its fitness for purpose. They argue that this instruction has effectively eliminated the most used function of the operational support unit. They note that, in a rural environment, the police cannot provide enough resources for traffic control and that temporary traffic management services are often very slow to arrive.

This will impact on brigade safety and volunteer time.

Traffic management mitigates the risk of collision in the immediate aftermath of a road accident. Members are concerned for the safety of motorists after a crash has occurred, often crashes are in dangerous locations that involve traffic backing up.

Is this an issue for your brigade?
What outcome would your brigade like to see?

Other questions raised by brigades are specifically about the instruction provided by Fire and Emergency NZ to “use operational support units who have the appropriate temporary traffic management training and equipment”. These members would like to understand what training and equipment are required for OSU to resume conducting traffic control? Will Fire and Emergency pay for this training and equipment procurement?

Are these questions of interest to your brigade? Tell us what you think by emailing

Your feedback will be reviewed by the MAP and a statement provided to Fire and Emergency if solutions can’t be found at a local level.


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Old Fella Bob
14 Oct 20

As a member of an OSU in Areas 15 & 16, the majority of members in these areas have done the Traffic Controllers Course and undertake traffic control at MVC and other incidents.  The success of this course allows members of Carterton, Remutaka, Wainuiomata, Wellington, Tawa, Paraparaumu and Waikanae to do traffic control duties.  The course needs to be rolled out throughout the country.  This does not preclude those in remote areas from having trained TC.

15 Oct 20

I concur with Old Fella Bob, Raglan VFB has had its Ops Support Team trained as STMS and TC’s for the last ten years.

15 Oct 20

Has the UFBA sought direct feedback from the established Operational Support Units?

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