A joint message from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, UFBA and NZPFU
- Section 66 of the Fire Service Act 1975 no longer applies
- Fire and Emergency personnel who are not officer-qualified are not to wear officer rank markings or officer helmets when responding to incidents
- All personnel must follow the interim command and control policy M1 POP
- This notice only affects operational response
Any authorised person present at an incident already has the powers they need to respond irrespective of roles, ranks, or positions. They do not need to be temporarily authorised to perform or exercise the powers of a higher rank or position.
The interim command and control policy M1 POP states an arriving officer (or officer-qualified Senior Firefighter) is to take control if the first arriving appliance does not have anyone officer qualified on board.
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Read the full National Notice here https://portal.fireandemergency.nz/notices-news-and-events/notices/038-2018-section-66-of-the-fire-service-act-1975-no-longer-applies/
Read the interim command and control policy M1 POP here: https://portal.fireandemergency.nz/documents/m1-pop-command-and-control-policy/
Fire and Emergency still endorses the practice of temporarily promoting personnel to assist with management of a brigade, or for development purposes.
Fire and Emergency have consulted on this matter with the UFBA and NZPFU and we support the notice to provide guidance, so everyone is aware Section 66 is no longer to be used.