Traffic Management at incidents

Current status - writing group established to draft submission in early 2021

Update Monday 21 December

The traffic management response scoping meeting was held late last week. Eleven enrolled members expressed interest in this topic and were invited to the meeting. Three members attended and have agreed to draft a response to the instruction to operational personnel regarding traffic management at incidents which was issued by Fire and Emergency NZ on 17 July 2020.

We aim to have a draft submission available for membership consultation early 2021. All others who expressed an interest in this matter will be invited to provide feedback on the submission as a review group.

The response will focus on:

  • Addressing the ambiguity in the National Notice 049/2020. The two types of traffic management (planned and unplanned), inconsistencies in available equipment and appropriateness of NZTA training.
  • A case study illustrating the collaboration that occurs between brigades around traffic management at incidents and the value of that.
  • The particular problems that arise for rural brigades.

And include:

  • More specialist training required
  • Support for emergency services colleagues
  • No national standards for op support appliances.

The volunteers are:

  • Mark Foster, SO, Station Training Coordinator - Wellington Operational Support (Group Lead)
  • Stuart McLean, FF, Mangatangi Volunteer Fire Brigade
  • Trevor Harrison, OS FF, Operational Support, Hawera Volunteer Fire Brigade
  • Mark Montgomery, OS QFF, Operational Support, Whangarei Kaipara Operational Support Unit

Update 8 December 2020 - A writing group has been formed and meets this month.

We invited comment from members about the impact of change to traffic management at incidents in October.  The response was strong and we have decided to put forward a submission to Fire and Emergency on this issue. You can still be involved in the review of this submission, please send a brief outline of your experience and knowledge in this area to

Read more here.