Change is needed, change is coming
This week should see Fire and Emergency release the all-too important code of behaviour that accompanies the behavioural policies. This is crucial to knowing agreed boundaries for all types of behaviour and creating a safer and more inclusive culture.
This is long overdue and has been a long time in the making. There are too many people that have suffered from unacceptable, or criminal, behaviour for too long.
The detail in these are the result of all partner agencies and interest groups working together through the Respect and Inclusion Task Force. We encourage all members to engage respectfully with the code. It’s time to eliminate unacceptable behaviour and celebrate all that is already good.
Talk to professionals
If you experience criminal behaviour including violence, please contact the NZ Police in the first instance. If there is imminent risk to your life call 111 immediately, if the event has passed and your life is not in imminent danger call 105.
Anyone who is experiencing unwanted behaviour can contact us in confidence for assistance. It can be difficult to speak out, so we can guide and walk you through processes or connect you with appropriate support for your circumstances. Call us on 0508 832 269 or email our Advocacy and Support Advisor Megan Devine firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a member of a FENZ brigade you can find support here:
Fire and Emergency NZ Peer Support, specially trained professional colleagues, can be contacted directly through the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Communication Centres or through the Regional Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Advisor.
- Northern Comcen - 09 486 7948
- Central Comcen - 04 801 0812
- Southern Comcen - 03 341 0266
FREE Confidential advice and counselling
- Self-referral contact details for employee assistance programmes in your region for short-term support:
- Region 1,2 and 3 Vitae Services – 0508 664 981, http://www.vitae.co.nz
NHQ, Region 4 & 5 EAP Services – 0800 327 669, http://www.eapservices.co.nz or
Workplace Support on 0800 443 445 (Region 4) or 0800 333 200 (Region 5), http://www.workplacesupport.co.nz
It’s time to stand together so that everyone can feel safe.
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