Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Bigger stick solves issue

By MATTHEW MCKEW False alarms that see Queenstown’s volunteer firefighters called out at all hours for burnt toast are falling, in part due to strict rules that can see hotels lose their building warrant of fitness. Fire chiefs used to issue...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown aviator's invention is tantalisingly close to becoming certified by Civil Aviation Authority, to become an official data recorder. Over The Top helicopter boss Louisa 'Choppy' Patterson came up with the idea for 'Eye In The Sky' after...

Restricted fire season

A restricted fire season is now in effect for the Central Otago Lakes area. Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) announced the restrictions yesterday, saying it's due to ''the elevated fire indices and the long range outlook''. ''The long range forecast is for...
A fire chief says chimney fires have reached epidemic proportions in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago. "We've had a little over 30 chimney fires in the last five to six months," Fire and Emergency New Zealand assistant area manager Steve...
Imagine fighting a fire bigger than Stewart Island - and it is just one of 207 wildfires burning across a vast, charred landscape. That is what a group of five Otago firefighters have just been facing in Canada. Glenorchy firefighters Will...
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